Dale Willman

Resilience Science Journalism Fellowship - CUNY

Dale Willman has spent his lifetime thinking in images, as both a reporter and photographer. The best writing, after all, is about setting scenes, telling stories and creating images. So is the most captivating photography. Through his work and personal travels, he has taken photographs on five continents. Willman's subject interests are broad, ranging from human interest studies to photography in conflict zones. Willman is also an award-winning news anchor, editor, reporter and trainer with decades of experience working around the world. During more than 15 years in Washington, DC he worked for NPR, CBS and CNN. During the first Gulf War he reported from London for NPR, providing coverage for an IRA bombing campaign, and he anchored the only NPR Newscasts ever broadcast from overseas. As a trainer Willman spent a year recently in South Sudan working with the staff of a local radio station. He was also awarded a Fulbright Scholarship in 2010, spending a year in Indonesia where he researched noted naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace. He also lectured at Padjadjaran University in Bandung, Indonesia. As a photographer he has sold photos to clients around the world. Willman is currently Program Manager for the Resilience Science Journalism Fellowship program at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY in New York City, and continues to anchor NPR newscasts occasionally. He also documents the world around him through his photographic work. He lectures on a number of topics concerning the media.

Dale is speaking at

October 9, 2019
8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Room 372-374, CSU's Lory Student Center


  • Dale Willman (Emcee) Resilience Science Journalism Fellowship - CUNY


Pre-registration and $60 fee required. Breakfast and lunch included. SEJ members and journalists only. Sign up here (you'll need your log-in information or to create a profile).

Staying safe while doing your job is no longer just for those reporters who work in war zones. In recent years domestic reporters have been arrested, and sometimes injured, simply by doing their job – covering pipeline protests, police activities and even covering Trump rallies. And these aren’t the only threats we now face. Even if you work at your desk, the risk of on-line harassment continues to grow. This workshop will offer you basic skills and tips on surviving harassment and staying safe, even under the worst of circumstances. We'll also discuss how efforts to foment distrust in the media are increasing the risks journalists face, and what we can do to rebuild trust.


8:00-8:30 a.m.    Breakfast, Workshop Registration

8:30-9:00 a.m.    Welcome, Introduction

9:00 a.m.-Noon    Reporting Safely
Journalist safety while covering a major crisis has always been important. But today safety concerns are sometimes present even in stories that in the past were considered safe. More and more, journalists are becoming targets. What can you do to be safer in your work? A freelance journalist who works with Columbia University and the Dart Center will discuss model risk assessment. Participants will be walked through how to respond to a number of different types of threats, and we'll discuss covering civil unrest and dealing with aggressive authorities, all while remaining safe.

Speaker: Judith Matloff, Freelance Journalist, Author and Adjunct Faculty, Columbia Journalism School

9:00-10:30 a.m.    Physical Safety
10:30-10:40 a.m.  Break
10:40 a.m.-Noon   Physical Safety, Pt. 2

Noon-12:40 p.m.    Keynote: Rebuilding Trust in the Media
Some of the threats and harassment that journalists face are driven by a deep mistrust and contempt for news media. But around the world, a free press is the foundation of democratic societies. To protect journalists — and our democracy — we need to understand the roots of this distrust. The Society of Professional Journalists launched The Casper Project to gain a deeper understanding of the reasons so many people distrust news organizations and their reporting. Join SPJ's Journalist on Call for a presentation and discussion on steps we can take to increase trust and make journalism — and democracy — safer for all.

Speaker: Rod Hicks, Journalist on Call, Society of Professional Journalists

12:40-1:30 p.m.    Panel Discussion: Safety in the Field

Moderator: Dale Willman, Freelance Newscaster, Program Director, NPR, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism

Gloria Dickie, Freelance Journalist
Emily Gertz, Journalist, Entrepreneur and Member, SEJ Freedom of Information Task Force
Rod Hicks, Journalist on Call, Society of Professional Journalists
Additional Speakers TBA

1:30-3:30 p.m.    Online Safety
In response to the growing threat that online hate and harassment pose to free expression, PEN America has developed a first-of-its-kind digital toolkit, the "Online Harassment Field Manual." The manual is based on extensive research and interviews with writers, journalists, technology experts, editors, newsrooms and advocacy groups. Join us for a training session filled with practical strategies and comprehensive resources to defend yourself against online harassment.

Speaker: Viktorya Vilk, Manager of Special Projects for Free Expression Programs, PEN America


SPJ Casper Project:

>> Safety and Security, Rory Peck Trust
>> Casper Project report
>> Project web page
>> 7-minute video explaining project
>> Forum featuring national journalists
>> Washington Post column on project

PEN America:

>> Online Harassment Field Manual
>> PEN's survey on impact of online abuse
>> Cybersecurity handout

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