What young reporters can do to stay safe/handle harassment

Harassment can happen in person or online via social media, or in the comments section on a website. There are myriad reasons why attacks happen, and the toll they can take on an individual is real, and often not discussed when a reporter is starting out.

Join Centennial College’s Journalism Program and Journalists for Human Rights for a two-hour, interactive session that brings the issue of reporter safety to the forefront. We’ll start the conversation with a panel discussion featuring working journalists who have faced harassment in their careers and wellness experts who can unpack ways to process harassment.

The panel

  • Angelyn Francis – team editor, former equity reporter, Toronto Star – @angelynsayshi
  • Stacy Lee Kong – founder, Friday Things; instructor, Centennial College – @stacyleekong
  • Maham Abedi – Network managing editor, Global News – @mahamabedi
  • Ian Kennedy – writer, The Hockey News/Yahoo Sports – @iankennedyck
  • Amita Singh – counsellor, Centennial College CALCS team

CORRECTION: In the video, Ian Kennedy is incorrectly identified as Ian Kelly.

Some of the topics we’ll cover

  • Lived experiences of harassment
  • Identifying the roots of harassment
  • What to do if you’ve experienced harassment
  • The importance of self-care and community care

This panel was inspired by students sharing their experiences and concerns about harassment. Our panel of excellent journalists and experts are ready to dig in, share experiences and offer support.

This workshop is organized by Centennial College and Journalists for Human Rights for the “Enhanced Access to Opportunity for BIPOC Youth in Canadian Media” program, supported by the RBC Foundation in support of RBC Future Launch and the Meta Journalism Project.