Information Security Essentials: A Guide for Reporters, Editors, and Newsroom Leaders (Paperback)

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As technological and legal changes have hollowed out the protections that reporters and news organizations have depended upon for decades, information security concerns facing journalists as they report, produce, and disseminate the news have only intensified. From source prosecutions to physical attacks and online harassment, the last two decades have seen a dramatic increase in the risks faced by journalists at all levels even as the media industry confronts drastic cutbacks in budgets and staff. As a result, few professional or aspiring journalists have a comprehensive understanding of what is required to keep their sources, stories, colleagues, and reputations safe.

This book is an essential guide to protecting news writers, sources, and organizations in the digital era. Susan E. McGregor provides a systematic understanding of the key technical, legal, and conceptual issues that anyone teaching, studying, or practicing journalism should know. Bringing together expert insights from both leading academics and security professionals who work at and with news organizations from BuzzFeed to the Associated Press, she lays out key principles and approaches for building information security into journalistic practice. McGregor draws on firsthand experience as a Wall Street Journal staffer, followed by a decade of researching, testing, and developing information security tools and practices. Filled with practical but evergreen advice that can enhance the security and efficacy of everything from daily beat reporting to long-term investigative projects, Information Security Essentials is a vital tool for journalists at all levels.

About the Author

Susan E. McGregor is an associate research scholar at Columbia University's Data Science Institute, where she also cochairs the Center for Data, Media, and Society. She was previously the assistant director of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism and a full-time faculty member at Columbia Journalism School and senior programmer on the news graphics team at the Wall Street Journal.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780231192330
ISBN-10: 0231192339
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication Date: June 1st, 2021
Pages: 232
Language: English