Working with confidential sources
This site will be rolling out various methods for sources to reach out to journalists without first needing a strong understanding of digital security. It aims to help sources gain the specific information they need to prepare for the task of transmitting the information they have, communicating with journalists safely and making sure they keep a minimal digital footprint while doing so. It aims to deal with the technical, legal and psycho-social aspects of revealing information without revealing identity.
Resources for journalists working with confidential sources and information
- Working With Whistleblowers In The Digital Age: New Guidelines, by European Journalism Observatory
- Protecting Sources and Whistleblowers in a Digital Age, by ILPC
- Associated Whistleblowing Press
- How journalists and activists can have a safer physical meeting with a source, by Rory Byrne
NOTE: This is a fairly brief collection from what's out there. This site will be curating from the best and applying its own guidance into a document to be found here.
An ethical framework
One of the aims of this project is to establish an ethical framework, mostly in the form of a checklist and set of best practices, for investigative journalists working with anonymous or covert sources and whistle blowers and the material they share. Broadly, the framework will fall under headings such as these...
Identity protection for your source.
Proper and ethical use, transmission and storage of source material.
Transparency with sources of how information or material will be used.
Cultivating a roster of independent, investigative journalists directly accessible through our platforms
This project will be hosting secure methods for sources to contact journalists. Often times, freelance or independent journalists have deep knowledge of a topic, region or some area of expertise, but will not be in a position to have access to the secure tools that a large news organisation has. Those meeting this projects criteria can have access to these and even steer potential sources to them. This section will be developed, but generally speaking, the journalists would need to criterial under the following areas:
- Have professional, paid journalism experiance and a track record of published investigative reports (in any media format) for respectable media outlets.
- Be a freelanceer, stringer or independent journalist (not staff).
- Have a specific area of expertise or advanced background, whether this be topical (law, technology, economics, ect.) or regional or within an area of interest (human rights, environment, trafficking, money laundering, etc.)
- Agree to the ethical framework (to be) published on this project's site.
- Have a working knowledge of digital security practices and tools for both privacy and anonymity needs.
- Be dedicated to shopping stories generated from source material received here to the most suitable outlet possible to ensure maximum exposure.
Watch this space.