By being aware of the vulnerabilities of the internet, journalists can be safe in cyberspace, protecting themselves from tracking as well as protecting their sources from being identified.

PECOJON – The Peace and Conflict Journalism Network Philippines has pioneered in creating awareness for journalists in cyberspace. Dubbed as the Internet Security Awareness for Journalists seminar, PECOJON members and members of the Defense Press Corps in Manila learned how insecure the internet platform is.

“Topic is an eye-opener for reckless reporters using the internet and electronic gadgets,” said a reporter covering the defense beat.

Another said, “we learned a lot in this seminar and we all agree that this is very useful for us reporters covering the AFP-Defense and police beat in some way.”

The advancement of technologies has made the journalist’s job of filing stories and photos easier. From filing the stories by phone and dictating quotes word by word and letter by letter, we are catapulted into an age where editorial offices receive in-depth stories and breaking news within seconds after reporter’s clicked on the send button in their web browsers.

A US survey by Middleberg/Ross on media in the wired world indicates that 98% of journalists use the internet for research and communicating with their sources.

“In the digital age, journalists can be vulnerable to attacks in cyberspace,” said Tactical Technology who gave the half-day awareness seminar.

Tactical Technology is an international NGO, empowering organizations to utilize information technology as an asset to bring about progress.

The activity is an off-shoot of the “Journalist Under Fire” conference last November 23, 2010 wherein journalists, media partners and stakeholders discuss safety issues that the media are contended with.

PECOJON Philippines believes that quality reporting through conflict sensitive approaches can promote safety to journalists. By partnering with other organizations, the media network can train journalists on a well-rounded approach in safety with their reporting, their physical and psychological safety as well as their safety in cyberspace.

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