International Center for Journalists


The International Center for Journalists is at the forefront of the news revolution, with programs empower journalists and engage citizens with new technologies and best practices. ICFJ’s networks of reporters and media entrepreneurs are transforming the field. They believe that better journalism leads to better lives.


- Safe Coverage (On-Line, In-person training) Countries: Mexico. Jorge Luis Sierra created on-line and in-person training curriculum on risk reduction and security planning for the Center for Education on Digital Journalism at the University of Guadalajara, Mexico. Safe Coverage is a four-week online training program and a three-day in-person training program to provide skills for journalists and bloggers working in dangerous areas to reduce risk and build security protocols. The Safe Coverage program has been supported by the U.S. Consulate in Guadalajara and the Center for Digital Journalism at the University of Guadalajara. More than 300 Mexican journalists and bloggers have been trained under this program. The curriculum contains specific training in Journalism Ethics, building and cultivating high risk sources, verification methods, bullet proofing stories, coverage planning, building risk reduction plans and protocols.


- Digital and Mobile Security Training (On-Line, In-person). Countries: Mexico, Iraq, and Central America. Digital and Mobile Security is a four-week online training and three-day in-person training program designed to develop skills for journalists who need to protect their data, sources and information through digital means. Under the program, journalists and bloggers identify potential and actual threats, as well as their own vulnerability and strengths. With this risk assessment, participants select what digital and mobile security tools are most needed and receive specific training. The basic skills are: building strong passwords, encrypting data, protecting communications, navigating anonymously.


- Networks. Countries: Mexico, Iraq, and Central America. At least 250 participants have formed a network through the Journalists at Risk website launched by Jorge Luis Sierra. On the site, they can report attacks against journalists and bloggers and access the latest risk-reduction strategies and cyber/mobile protocols. Across Central America, more than 300 investigative journalists are participating in a network of reporters and editors sharing investigations and safe coverage and digital security resources. Across Iraq, 10 NGOs are participating in a program that is populating a mapping platform with reports on attacks on journalists and freedom of expression workers and sharing and developing resources on physical, digital and mobile security."