Support for WGAE News Members Covering Insurrectionists
We all watched the violent attack on the Capitol last week with horror (and some of you watched it from inside the Capitol). The assault on our democracy is not over; the same far-right groups are still agitating and coordinating, and making threats.
The Writers Guild of America, East has been in close communication with broadcast and digital employers about the imperative to keep you safe. We have pressed for training and support, and we urge you to tell us if you feel you cannot perform your work safely, free from threats, intimidation, and worse. We are coordinating with our sister unions, including those with even more members working in the field in these perilous times.
Below are links to important safety concepts, protocols and webinars assembled by WGAE members and others at the Committee to Protect Journalists.
Please note that there are credible threats of violence in D.C. and in state capitals from January 17 – 20 by trained militia-type insurrectionists. (Note: Intel suggests that insurrectionists will be gathering and rallying on the 16th.)
We urge everyone who might be working in the field to equip yourself with protective gear and to keep in close contact with colleagues who can assist. And please be very mindful of the risks of working alone. If you encounter any resistance from your employer, let your WGAE representative know immediately.
- Committee to Protect Journalists’ Safety Kit, which includes info on physical, digital and psychosocial safety
- Committee to Protect Journalists’ Note on Covering Civil Disorder
- Committee to Protect Journalists’ Guide for Covering the Elections, which contains info that is still relevant
- For legal issues, people should keep the hotline of Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press (RCFP): 1-800-336-4243
- Committee to Protect Journalists’ “Journalist Security Guide”
- Color of Change’s “Narrative Matters: A Guide to Covering Protests”
- The Dart Center for Journalism & Trauma’s Toolkit for Self-Care and Building Resiliency
Friday, January 15, 12:00pm ET
Covering Riots and Civil Unrest
The Dart Center for Journalism & Trauma is hosting a free 90-minute safety training webinar for journalists in response to the violent attack on the US Capitol last week.
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