Centennial Events

CPJ Event: Journalist Security: On-Site and Online

This event occurred on Wednesday, May 2

4:00-6:30 p.m.
Joseph Pulitzer World Room, Third Floor
Columbia Journalism School | 2950 Broadway at 115th Street

Registration for this event is closed


On the frontlines of global reporting, knowledge is safety. The Committee to Protect Journalists is launching a Journalist Security Guide to help journalists assess threats, curb hazards, and respond safely. Each year, hundreds of journalists are killed, attacked, or jailed, while many are threatened or have their communications intercepted. Armed conflict, information security, and stress reactions are some of the vital topics covered by the guide. In collaboration with Columbia University, we invite you to join leading journalists and security experts for a double discussion on physical and digital safety.


Sheila Coronel

Director, Toni Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism,
Columbia Journalism School

Joel Simon
Executive Director, Committee to Protect Journalists

Panel I: Physical Safety

Frank Smyth

Senior Adviser for Journalist Security, Committee to Protect Journalists

Ahmed Rashid
Journalist and author

Stuart Karle
Chief Operating Officer, News, Thomson Reuters

Carolyn Cole
Photographer, Los Angeles Times

Moderated by Anne Garrels
Board Member, Committee to Protect Journalists

Panel 2: Digital Safety
Danny O’Brien

Internet Advocacy Coordinator, CPJ

Chris Soghoian
Open Society Fellow and cyber-security expert

Katrin Verclas
Co-founder and Editor, MobileActive

Matthew Cole
Investigative journalist and author

Moderated by Emily Bell
Director, Tow Center for Digital Journalism, Columbia Journalism School