Global Journalist Security and the International Women's Media Foundation are strategically allied to help empower leading women journalists' worldwide. For the past 18 months, GJS has regularly trained IWMF reporting fellows including both Western and local women journalists throughout Central and East Africa. GJS has also advised the IWMF, the leading women's journalism organization worldwide, on operational security protocols for the development of IWMF's new emergency mobile phone application,Reporta™ .  GJS is looking to recruit 5 to 10 individuals living in different, difficult areas around the world to help field test this new and important app. The Reporta™ field testing will occur over six weeks --starting in less than two weeks on June 15. Ideally, testing partners would be either local or international journalists living and working in dangerous environments. But NGO workers and others operating in less developed areas, both local and international personnel, are also encouraged to join the test group as well. It would not require much from you, apart from downloading the app onto your phone, seeing how it works, and trying it out. What does the app do? Reporta™ uses highly secure technology to provide essential security featres for journalists in potentially dangerous environments through 3 key functions:

  • An automated and flexible Check-in system designed for journalists entering potentially dangerous environments.
  • A system for sending customized Alert messages— including photos, audio or video—when a journalist’s safety or that of a colleague’s may be at risk.
  • An SOS button to push a distress message to the journalist’s designated contacts before the app shuts down to prevent unwanted access.

If you are interested, please send an email directly to Cassie Clark at cclark@iwmf.org for more information, and to help guide you through the process. 

Thank you, everyone!

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