NEFAC 30 Minute Skills – How to Protect Yourself Online

    June 11, 2024 @ 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm
    Justin Silverman

    As threats against journalists become increasingly common, reporters must take measures to protect themselves while newsgathering. This lesson will focus on online risks and how they can be mitigated.

    By attending this class, you’ll learn:

    • The necessities for protecting your electronic devices, such as encryption, 2FA, passwords and phishing awareness.

    • How to reduce the risk of doxxing.

    • How to develop best practices for social media when used for both personal and professional purposes.

    Instructor: Stephanie Sugars, U.S. Press Freedom Tracker

    The New England First Amendment Coalition launched in 2020 a monthly educational series featuring short, practical lessons on journalism and the First Amendment.

    The goal of the program — called “30 Minute Skills” — is to provide reporters and other citizens knowledge they can use immediately in newsgathering, data collection, storytelling and other areas of journalism and First Amendment law.

    The lessons are provided in a 30-minute format to accommodate the demanding schedules faced by many working in New England newsrooms. The program is free and open to the public. Registration for each lesson is required.

    30 Minute Skills is supported in part by the Estate of Gloria Negri, the late trailblazing journalist who spent more than 50 years at The Boston Globe.