NEWS ANALYSIS

The Horror Of Jeff German’s Killing

Erik Wemple: “News of his slaying stunned his colleagues and unnerved journalists across the country — not only because of the brutal circumstances but also because of the broader conundrum at the heart of the case: How can reporters possibly know whom to fear?” (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP)

WESH Orlando Evacuated Over Bomb Threat, Sunday Night Newscasts Canceled

Orlando, Fla., NBC affiliate WESH had to cancel its 10 and 11 p.m. newscasts last night and delay its Monday morning news after someone phoned in a bomb threat last night. The building was evacuated while the Eatonville and Orlando police departments investigated. Police gave the all-clear just before 5 a.m., allowing the station to start its Monday morning newscast at 5:15.

COMMENTARY BY J.J. GREEN

Why Journalists Should Stay Alert After Mar-A-Lago Search

On Aug. 12, the day after an armed man tried to breach the FBI field office in Cincinnati, a joint intelligence bulletin warning of violence was issued by the FBI and DHS. While there was no mention, in this bulletin, of concern for journalists, there is still a significant risk for members of the media. Here’s why.

WCHS Reporter Attacked While Covering Story

COMMENTARY BY JON ALLSOP

The Biden Administration’s Weasel Words On Press Freedom

Jon Allsop: “It’s not uncommon for U.S. leaders to skirt press-freedom issues in choreographed encounters with foreign counterparts with questionable records in that area. But the state of threat facing Mexican journalists is hardly a faraway issue: two of the reporters killed so far this year died in Tijuana, just across the border from San Diego; in the past, Mexican journalists killed close to the US border have covered it, or lived and worked on both sides of it. And, more broadly, press freedom is uncommonly front of mind in U.S. foreign affairs right now.”

Journalists In Uvalde Threatened With Arrest

A month after 19 children and two educators were killed at Robb Elementary School, a picture is emerging of a disastrous police response, in which officers from several law enforcement agencies waited for an hour outside an unlocked classroom where children were trapped with the attacker. But journalists who have flocked to Uvalde, Texas, from across the country to tell that story have faced near-constant interference, intimidation and stonewalling from some of the same authorities — and not only bikers claiming to have police sanction. Above, two bikers from Guardians of the Children use their hats to block photojournalist Kevin Downs from covering a funeral service for Nevaeh Bravo, one of the victims killed in the elementary school shooting in Uvalde, Texas. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Two Reuters Journalists Injured, Driver Killed In East Ukraine

Chicago Police Search For Man Who Pointed Gun At WFLD Crew During A Live Report

Around 7 a.m. Wednesday at the corner of Clark and Hubbard, while the crew was in the middle of a live report about Chicago gun violence, a man walked up and pointed what appeared to be a firearm at the crew. Police are calling this man a person of interest, accused of aggravated assault with a firearm.

RTDNA: More Than One In Five NDs Reported Attacks On Newsroom Staff Last Year

The latest survey from the RTDNA/Newhouse School at Syracuse University shows that more than one in five TV news directors have reported an attack on newsroom employees in 2021. While the survey showed a correlation between the size of the market and the numbers of attacks, news directors in market 101 and smaller reported an increase in attacks compared to 2020.

Russian Journalist Oksana Baulina Killed In Shelling Incident In Kyiv

KCNC Denver Photographer Attacked While Working On Safety Story

Here’s How Fox News Correspondent Benjamin Hall Was Evacuated From Ukraine

COMMENTARY BY MARGARET SULLIVAN

How To Help Journalists Covering Ukraine

It’s pure hell for the journalists who are there covering the war. But we will all be worse off if they are forced to leave.

KJRH Tulsa Reporter Hit By Pellet Gun In Possible TikTok Challenge

Two Fox Journalists Killed In Ukraine, Underscoring Dangers

A veteran videographer and a 24-year-old Ukrainian journalist working for Fox News were both killed when their vehicle came under fire outside of Kyiv, the network said on Tuesday. Pierre Zakrzewski, 55, and Oleksandra “Sasha” Kuvshynova were traveling Monday in Horenka with Fox News reporter Benjamin Hall, who remains hospitalized. “Today is a heartbreaking day for Fox News Media and for all journalists risking their lives to deliver the news,” the network’s CEO, Suzanne Scott. said in a staff memo.

‘Minute-To-Minute Triage’: Weighing News Against Safety In Russia

In an echo of the exodus of journalists from Afghanistan after the Taliban swept through the country last year, media executives and editors are engaged in a high-stakes debate about risk in Russia. Is it prudent, they ask their reporters over secure apps each day, to gather news in an increasingly hostile and isolated country? If not, is it feasible to continue from outside its borders?

Fox News Correspondent Benjamin Hall Injured Outside Kyiv

A Fox News journalist, correspondent Benjamin Hall, was injured while reporting on the war in Ukraine, anchor John Roberts told viewers on Monday. Fox News Media CEO Suzanne Scott, in a memo to employees, said that “we have a minimal level of detail right now,” but that Hall was hospitalized.

Tributes Paid To US Journalist Shot Dead In Ukraine

MMJs Prodded To Insist On Safety

Experienced multimedia journalists and employment experts urged MMJs to compel their bosses to be more proactive about field safety in a second virtual town hall for MMJs sponsored by the Society of Professional Journalists last Saturday. MMJs have more newsroom clout than they think, experts said.

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WFMZ Photog Helps Ukraine Journalists Stay Safe On Front Lines

Chris Post, a freelance photojournalist for WFMZ Allentown, Pa., specializes in journalist safety. So when Russia invaded Ukraine, Post volunteered to conduct a Zoom call for Ukrainian national journalists.

Talking TV: Who Owns The MMJ Safety Issue?

TVNewsCheck‘s Michael Depp and Hank Price discuss the dangerous vulnerabilities facing multimedia journalists every day with MMJ Adam Mintzer, asking who bears responsibility for the problem — from news directors and GMs to station groups CEOs themselves.

Boy Shoves BBC Reporter Live On Air As Mom Allegedly ‘Eggs Him On Across The Street’

Hazards On The Job: Are MMJs Overworked?

By now you have probably seen the video of Tori Yorgey, a TV reporter for NBC affiliate WSAZ, getting hit by a car while she was reporting live on a water break in Dunbar, W.Va. The scene lasts only a few minutes, where we can see the reporter and her camera mounted on a tripod get run over by a pickup truck. Yorgey immediately exclaims “I’m okay” and continues her stand up as she catches her breath. This event has sparked a lot of debate within the journalism community, with many journalists being outraged the reporter was sent alone to do a live shot at nighttime, arguing that her news station totally disregarded her safety. Progressively, more than the safety of journalists while on the job, professionals started questioning the position of MMJs, or multimedia journalists, who are expected to be a “one-person team.”

Son Of Man Killed in Police Shootout Charged With Assaulting WJAR Reporter

THE PRICE POINT

News Directors Must Own The MMJ Safety Problem

Hank Price: Multimedia journalism was born out of financial considerations, and now that MMJs are widespread, TV news owners and management have an obligation to better ensure their safety. It’s time for news directors to step up at the station level.

DHS Lists ‘Media’ In Recent Terrorism Bulletin; Here’s What That Means

The Department of Homeland Security issued a National Terrorism Advisory System Bulletin on Monday, Feb. 7. The media, were mentioned as a potential target. In a nutshell, the bulletin said several factors have “increased the volatility, unpredictability, and complexity of the threat environment.”

One News Director Who’s Taking A Stand For MMJs

TVN FOCUS ON JOURNALISM

MMJs Sound Off On Safety In Town Hall

A virtual town hall discussion on Saturday hosted by the Society of Professional Journalists found a wide swath of multimedia journalists calling for more safety training and open lines of communication with newsroom leaders over well-being concerns following an MMJ being hit on-air by a car.

Salt Lake Tribune Alerts Police To Threats To Staffers After COVID-19 Editorial

Anxiety And Anger Grip Press Corps In Mexico After Spate Of Murders

Knocked Down By A Car On Live TV, Tori Yorgey Is Still Ready To Cover Pittsburgh

NEWS ANALYSIS

TV Reporter Hit By A Car While On The Air Highlights Risks Of Do-It-All Journalism

Tori Yorgey was reporting live for WSAZ Charleston, W.Va., when she was struck by a car Wednesday night as she covered a water main break and weather that brought snow, ice and slick roads. She hit the ground with a thud and popped back up to finish her live shot. While many on social media applauded Yorgey’s ability to keep calm and carry on with her broadcast, the incident highlights the risks that reporters can face while doing their jobs — and raises questions about how newsrooms and television stations can ensure the safety of their staffers.

WSAZ Charleston Reporter Hit By Car While Reporting Live

Man Sentenced for Cyberstalking WKBW Buffalo Reporter

Anchor Opens Up About Being Sexually Assaulted By Co-Worker

COMMENTARY BY MARIANNA SPRING

I Get Abuse And Threats Online. Why Can’t It Be Stopped?

Online abuse against women is on the rise, but why aren’t the police, the government and social media companies doing more to stop it?

TVN EXECUTIVE SESSION WITH DAN SHELLEY

Delta Be Damned, RTDNA Presses On With Live Conference

RTDNA will be the canary in the coal mine for journalism conferences in September, when it convenes in Denver without the Society of Professional Journalists, its longtime partner. Executive Director Dan Shelley discusses plans for navigating the live event amid the Delta surge and the most pressing dangers and prerogatives facing journalists as unsteady times continue and attacks on reporters persist.

German Broadcaster Says Taliban Are Carrying Out ‘Organized Searches’ For Journalists

Taliban fighters searching for a Deutsche Welle journalist in Afghanistan shot dead a member of his family and seriously injured another, Germany’s international public broadcaster reported. “It is evident that the Taliban are already carrying out organized searches for journalists, both in Kabul and in the provinces. We are running out of time!” said Deutsche Welle Director General Peter Limbourg on Thursday.

News Groups Seek To Protect Journalists In Afghanistan

Safety is always a concern for journalists in unstable countries. The added element in Afghanistan now, as it was previously in Iraq, is the safety of people — not just journalists but drivers, translators and others — who helped news organizations at different points in the 20 years the United States has fought in the country.

Washington Post Asks Biden Administration To Help Evacuate Journalists

The paper’s publisher emailed U.S. National Security adviser Jake Sullivan this morning on behalf of the Washington Post, New York Times and Wall Street Journal.