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U.S. Election Safety Summer: Risk Assessment And Planning For Journalists In The Field


The International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) will lead this webinar to equip journalists with tools to assess and mitigate risk on their upcoming assignments. This training will cover actor mapping, security measures, and other best practices you can implement to lower the risk of potential threats and their impacts. This includes developing communication and check-in protocols for journalists reporting in the field.



Nadine Hoffman is the IWMF’s deputy executive director. She is responsible for developing the organization’s programmatic priorities and initiatives. Working closely alongside Executive Director Elisa Lees Muñoz to guide and execute organizational strategy, Nadine approaches her work with a dedication to gender equity, press freedom, and supporting the IWMF’s global community of journalists.

Jeje Mohamed is a safety and security specialist, media risk advisor, and journalist. She is senior manager for digital safety and free expression at PEN America, with over a decade of experience working on human rights issues, journalism, and safety and security in the Middle East and internationally. Before joining PEN America, she was a Next-Gen Safety Trainers fellow with the IWMF, developing more inclusive and trauma-informed safety and security training.

Jen Byers is a visual and investigative journalist with a specialty covering activism, LGBTQ+ issues, climate, and state repression of dissent. Their work has appeared in places like Al Jazeera, The Guardian, Hulu, and Salty. They recently completed an Investigative Journalism Fellowship at USC Annenberg, which included teaching conflict-zone safety and trauma-informed reporting to student journalists.