The Logan Nonfiction Program recently hosted Journalists Under Threat: Sustaining Resiliency, an international summit on supporting independent journalists working under intense stress or trauma. With the support of the Open Society Foundations, the Logan Nonfiction Program brought more than twenty press freedom experts to the Carey Institute for Global Good for two days of discussion, analysis of current opportunities, identification of challenges, and mapping of necessary steps forward.
The event marked the first time these stakeholder organizations have come together to identify the longer-term needs of, and the resources available for, journalists whose work has been interrupted by direct violence, the threat of persecution, or uncommon trauma experienced in the line of their work. Attendees included representatives from the Committee to Protect Journalists, the International Women’s Media Foundation, the Dart Center for Journalism & Trauma, English PEN, Internews, Maison des Journalistes, Reporters Sans Frontieres, and a number of other organizations working tirelessly to protect the rights of journalists across the globe.
The event focused in particular on building resiliency in journalists under threat, so that they may continue their important reporting and re-enter the world of journalism after a traumatic event. To effectively sustain resiliency, we need to go beyond providing immediate safety; discussions around restorative respite, professional capacity building, and personal growth were the center of the gathering.
As the Logan Nonfiction Program continues to support journalists under threat, we look forward to continuing to build these important relationships and to expand our support of journalists working under difficult circumstances throughout the globe. A full conference report will be available in the coming weeks.