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[WEBINAR] Supporting Staff Facing Online Abuse: Best Practices for Editors and Managers

Banner at the top reads: “Election SOS: How to Support Staff Facing Online Abuse: Best Practices for Editors and Managers.” Below it, to the left: Donte Stewart’s, Jason Reich’s, Kristin Neubauer’s, and Viktorya Vilk’s headshots in a square grid. To the right: “Join newsroom leaders and digital safety experts to exchange strategies for protecting and supporting staff facing online abuse, which disproportionately impacts women, LGBTQ+ and/or BIPOC journalists. -Donte Stewart, formerly Senior Director of Security at Vox Media -Jason Reich, Vice President of Corporate Security at The New York Times -Kristin Neubauer, Producer and Global Coordinator of Peer Support Network at Reuters -Viktorya Vilk, Program Director for Digital Safety and Free Expression at PEN America

If you’re an editor or newsroom leader, chances are you have staff who are routinely subjected to hate and harassment online. Because women, BIPOC, and members of the LGBTQIA+ community are disproportionately targeted, online abuse directly undermines efforts to create a more equitable and inclusive work environment. Co-hosted by PEN America and  Hearken, join newsrooms leaders from Vox, Reuters, and The New York Times to exchange ideas and learn concrete strategies for how to better protect and support staff in preparing for, responding to, and mitigating the damage of online abuse.



Jason Reich headshotJason Reich is the vice president of corporate security for The New York Times Company. He is responsible for the development and enforcement of all safety and security plans for domestic employees and facilities while serving as the company’s internal expert on all security matters. He joined Times in 2019 from BuzzFeed, Inc. where he served as director of global security for four years. Prior to BuzzFeed, Jason was the founder and managing director of the Collective Security Project, a team of crisis response experts based in the United Kingdom, Turkey, and the United States, who were contracted to protect journalists and aid workers and NGOs in challenging environments. Reich is a board member at the ACOS Alliance.

Kristin Neubauer headshotKristin Neubauer is a video news producer for Reuters in Washington, D.C. She has served as a peer supporter since the Reuters Peer Network began in 2015. For the past two years, she has served as global coordinator of the Peer Network.

Donte Stewart headshotDonte Stewart serves as the lead for Starbucks Corp.’s travel intelligence and safety program. He recently completed a stint as Vox Media’s first-ever, full-time security leader, overseeing the company’s security and anti-harassment efforts. Stewart brings 10+ years of industry experience across corporate security, intelligence analysis, and political analysis, having also served as a member of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s global security team, and prior to that, as an intelligence officer at the Central Intelligence Agency.

Viktorya VilkViktorya Vilk is the program director for digital safety and free expression at PEN America, where she leads initiatives on a range of free expression issues, including developing tools and strategies to empower journalists and newsrooms to defend against online abuse. She has over a decade of experience working in nonprofits to expand access to the arts and defend creative and press freedom.

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