Defense Against the Digital Dark Arts: Online Protection for Women Journalists

This Webinar was originally broadcast on:
March 22, 2017
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Course Overview

Title:
Defense Against the Digital Dark Arts: Online Protection for Women Journalists
Type:
Webinar
Cost:
This $29.95 webinar is provided free to those who applied for the 2017 Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media thanks to the generous support of the Robert R. McCormick Foundation.
Originally Broadcast On:
March 22, 2017
Time Estimate:
One hour for the main presentation and questions. Sometimes presenters stay longer to answer additional questions from participants.

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Journalists (in particular, women journalists and journalists of color) are targeted online by individuals and groups that seek to destroy their reputation and silence diverse voices.

Women are online in nearly equal numbers to men across online platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and LinkedIn. However, women journalists are targets of online harassment more often than their male counterparts and often experience more severe forms of cyberharassment, including threats of bodily threat, reputation damage and even death threats.

For women journalists, online harassment results in emotional stress and may require legal and technological remedies. In the cases of women journalists, bloggers and publishers, attacks can shut down their sites and silence their voices online.

This webinar will share some proactive ways journalists can protect themselves online and share tips on what to do if you’re under attack.

This live webinar is available exclusively for applicants to the 2017 Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media. If you applied to the academy and would like to view this webinar recording, please email info@newsu.org.

What Will I Learn:
  • How to lock down your physical identity
  • How to browse anonymously
  • How to use secure communication tools to protect yourself and sensitive sources
  • What to do after an attack
Who Should Take this Course:

This live webinar is available exclusively for applicants to the 2017 Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media. If you applied to the academy and would like to view this webinar recording, please email info@newsu.org.

Course Instructor:

Michelle Ferrier

Dr. Michelle Ferrier is the founder of Troll-Busters.com, a just-in-time rescue service for women writers and journalists experiencing online harassment. She is a digital content architect with 30 years’ experience in media entrepreneurship and new media technologies. Currently, she is an associate professor at the Scripps College of Communication at Ohio University.

Ferrier is the president of Journalism That Matters and is active in research around the changing media ecosystem and curriculum change.

Sponsor:

Robert R. McCormick Foundation

The Robert R. McCormick Foundation is a nonprofit organization committed to fostering communities of educated, informed and engaged citizens. Through philanthropic programs, Cantigny Park and museums, the foundation helps develop citizen leaders and works to make life better in our communities. The foundation was established as a charitable trust in 1955, upon the death of Col. Robert R. McCormick, the longtime editor and publisher of the Chicago Tribune. The foundation is one of the nation's largest foundations, with more than $1 billion in assets.

Technical Requirements:

Mac
1.83GHz Intel Core™ Duo or faster processor
512MB of RAM (1GB recommended)
Mac OS X 10.7.4, 10.8, 10.9
Mozilla Firefox; Apple Safari; Google Chrome
Adobe Flash Player 11.2+

Windows
1.4GHz Intel® Pentium® 4 or faster processor (or equivalent) for Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1
512MB of RAM (1GB recommended) for Windows 7 or Windows 8
Microsoft Internet Explorer 8, 9, 10, 11; Mozilla Firefox; Google Chrome
Adobe® Flash® Player 11.2+

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