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The Journalist Assistance program helps journalists through a combination of financial and non-financial assistance. CPJ's Gene Roberts Emergency Fund, which dispenses emergency grants to journalists in distress worldwide, was renamed in honor of Gene Roberts, veteran U.S. journalist and former chairman of the CPJ board who was instrumental in the creation of the JA program. The program also raises funds for journalists from outside sources and collaborates with other freedom of expression organizations. When necessary, CPJ lobbies governments or international agencies to help secure refugee or asylum status for journalists. We provide logistical support to journalists when they resettle in exile. CPJ also refers journalists to resources, including information on grants, fellowships, and awards.

CPJ steps in when journalists are in dire situations as a result of persecution for their work. Some examples of our work include:

  • Helping get medical care for journalists following brutal assaults in retaliation for their work, or for journalists suffering from mistreatment in prison.
  • Supporting journalists forced to go into hiding or to relocate within their countries to escape threats from local officials, militia, or criminal gangs.
  • Contributing to legal funds for journalists facing prison.
  • Evacuating journalists at risk into temporary havens.
  • Providing support for families of imprisoned journalists.

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We carefully vet all assistance cases. To request assistance, please contact:

The Committee to Protect Journalists
330 Seventh Avenue, 11th floor
New York, NY 10001

Tel: +1 (212) 465-1004, ext. 114, 118
Fax: +1 (212) 465-9568

Attn: Journalist Assistance Program
E-mail: [email protected]

All applicants are asked to complete CPJ's assistance request form (PDF). In contacting CPJ for assistance, you can expedite your request by sending a completed request form. All information is confidential.

Due to the high volume of requests, we are not able to respond to everyone who needs our help. CPJ does not provide funding for organizations, media outlets, or media projects, and we do not offer professional training or scholarships.


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The Fund

CPJ provides financial support to journalists at risk through its Gene Roberts Emergency Fund, which was renamed in 2014 in honor of Gene Roberts, a veteran U.S. journalist and former chairman of the CPJ board who was instrumental in the creation of the Journalist Assistance program.

The Gene Roberts fund is administered by the CPJ staff in New York and overseen by a special committee of CPJ's board of directors. It provides modest grants to journalists who qualify for CPJ assistance.

To apply for an emergency grant from the Gene Roberts Emergency Fund, journalists must complete and submit a request form, which will be reviewed by CPJ staff. Only journalists approved to receive assistance from CPJ's Journalist Assistance program will be awarded emergency grants. For additional information on requesting support from CPJ, please see How To Get Help.

Gene Roberts

(University of Maryland)

Roberts has taught at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland since 1991, following 18 years as the executive editor of The Philadelphia Inquirer, which won 17 Pulitzer Prizes under his leadership.

He took a hiatus from his university work from 1994 to 1997 to serve as managing editor of The New York Times. In 1998, he returned to the college, where he teaches courses on writing the complex story, the press and the civil rights movement, and newsroom management.

Roberts is a former chairman of the board of the Committee to Protect Journalists. He has served on the boards of the Pulitzer Prize, the World Press Freedom Committee, and the Center for Foreign Journalists. He has co-authored numerous books, including Leaving Readers Behind: The Age of Corporate Newspaper, The Censors and the Schools, and the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Race Beat. He was editor-in-chief of the American Journalism Review's "State of the American Newspaper Project," published in 2000.

Roberts began his career as a farm reporter for North Carolina's Goldsboro News-Argus. He later joined The New York Times where he led the paper's coverage of the 1960s civil rights movement in the South and served as chief war correspondent in Vietnam. Roberts received the National Press Club's Fourth Estate Award for Distinguished Contributions to Journalism in 1993.

Supporting the Gene Roberts Fund

The Gene Roberts Fund is supported by private donations. If you are interested in supporting the Fund, please contact CPJ's Development Department by email at [email protected] or by calling 212-300-9002, or visit Support CPJ.

CPJ aids 195 journalists worldwide in 2012

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Mauri König

König, an investigative reporter and recipient of CPJ's 2012 International Press Freedom Awards, was forced into hiding following death threats related to his reports on police corruption. CPJ helped König get to a safe house outside Brazil, where he remained for several weeks.

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Hassan Ruvakuki

Ruvakuki, a journalist with the private Burundian radio station Bonesha FM and the French government-sponsored Radio France Internationale (RFI) Swahili service, has been in prison since late 2011 on charges of "participating in terrorist attacks" based on his reporting about a local rebel group. CPJ has given emergency funds to the journalist's family to cover basic needs and the cost of travel to the prison where Ruvakuki is being held.

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Kassahun Yilma

Fearing arrest under Ethiopia's terrorism laws, Kassahun, a sports reporter, fled to Kenya in late 2009. He lived in Nairobi as a refugee under very difficult conditions until January 2012, when he was resettled to the United States. CPJ supported Kassahun throughout the refugee process, and nominated him last summer for a journalism fellowship at the City University of New York, where he currently studies.

Men carry wounded photojournalist Mohammed Othman. (Mazen al-Breem/Demotix)

Mohamed Othman

Othman, a Palestinian photographer, was shot and seriously wounded in 2011 by an Israeli soldier while on assignment for the U.K.-based photo agency Demotix near the Erez Crossing between Israel and the Gaza Strip. Due to the extent of his injuries, Othman was evacuated to Jordan and then to Turkey, where CPJ has supported him with grants to cover medical bills and living expenses.

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Sandhya Eknelygoda

Since the disappearance of her husband, cartoonist and critical columnist Prageeth Eknelygoda, in January 2010, CPJ has maintained close contact with Sandhya. We have helped her press her case in the courts and legal system of Sri Lanka and covered legal costs, and have helped her meet the needs of her two teenage sons.


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If you are interested in helping CPJ's Journalist Assistance program, please contact us. Here are some ways you can get involved:


AP

CPJ works closely with press freedom and human rights groups, universities, and other organizations to assist journalists in need. We encourage you to explore the resources available from these organizations. (We've included contact information for a number of awards and fellowships. Please note that CPJ does not administer these programs.)

Our Partners

  • Article 19: Named after Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the organization works worldwide to combat censorship, promote freedom of expression, and improve access to official information.
  • Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE): This is a Canadian nongovernmental organization supported by Canadian journalists and advocates of free expression.
  • Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma: The Dart Center provides journalists around the world with the resources necessary to provide informed, innovative and ethical news reporting on violence, conflict and tragedy.
  • Free Press Unlimited: By supporting local media professionals and journalists in more than 40 countries worldwide, Free Press Unlimited works to ensure that reliable news and information are and remain available to people across the globe.
  • Front Line: Front Line is the International Foundation for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders. It was founded in Dublin in 2001 with the aim of protecting human rights defenders at risk.
  • Human Rights Watch: One of the world's leading independent organizations dedicated to defending and protecting human rights.
  • Inter American Press Association (IAPA): This is a nonprofit organization devoted to defending freedom of speech and freedom of the press in the Americas.
  • International Federation of Journalists (IFJ): The IFJ promotes international action to defend press freedom and social justice through strong, free, and independent trade unions of journalists.
  • International Freedom of Expression Exchange (IFEX): This is a clearinghouse for accurate and up-to-date information on freedom of expression issues and abuses worldwide.
  • International Media Support (IMS): Contributes to peace, stability, and the development of democracy in conflict areas.
  • International Press Institute (IPI): This is a global network of editors, media executives, and leading journalists dedicated to freedom of the press and improving the standards and practices of journalism.
  • International PEN: Through reading and writing, PEN engages and empowers communities across cultures and languages.
  • Journalisten helfen Journalisten (Journalists Helping Journalists):This nongovernmental organization supports journalists and their families under threat from governments, civil war, or any other politically or religiously motivated violence.
  • Media Legal Defence Initiative: This is a non-governmental organization that works in all regions of the world to provide legal support to journalists and media outlets.
  • Reporters Without Borders (RSF): Reporters Without Borders documents press freedom abuses and advocates on behalf of journalists worldwide.
  • The Rory Peck Trust: The organization gives direct, practical support to freelancers. It promotes good practices on behalf of freelancers, supports their right to work safely, and provides them with assistance.
  • Scholars at Risk Network: This international network of universities and colleges defends scholars from attacks based on their words, ideas, and place in society.
  • World Press Freedom Committee: The committee fights against press freedom abuses such as the licensing of journalists, and the imposition of mandatory codes of conduct.
  • World Association of Newspapers (WAN): The World Association of Newspapers represents 72 national newspaper associations, 13 international news agencies, nine regional press organizations, and individual newspaper executives in 100 nations.

Fellowships

Knight Digital Media Center
Competitive fellowships provide training for digital media journalists at all levels, from the traditional journalist making the transition to digital media to the digital media journalist seeking to improve her thinking and skills.

Contact:
Vikki Porter, Director
USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism
727 W. 27th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90007
Phone:
(213) 821-0071
Fax:
(213) 743-4548
E-mail:
[email protected]
Web site:
http://www.KnightDigitalMediaCenter.org

Dart Center Ochberg Fellowships
The Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma
The Dart Awards for Excellence in Coverage of Trauma recognize exemplary journalism on the impact of violence, crime, disaster and other traumatic events on individuals, families or communities, focusing on the experience of victims and survivors, and contributing to public understanding of trauma-related issues.  Award categories encompass the full spectrum of news media and include: newspaper, radio, television, online-only news publications, web-based productions, independent productions, magazines and magazine websites.

The competition is open to all North American news media outlets.

Application information: http://dartcenter.org/dart-award-guidelines

Contact:
Kate Black
Graduate School of Journalism
Columbia University
2950 Broadway, Room 303
New York, NY 10027
Phone:
212.851.1392
E-mail:
[email protected]
Web site:
www.dartcenter.org

Awards

The Michael Kelly Award
Atlantic Media Company
The Michael Kelly Award honors a writer or editor whose work exemplifies a quality that animated Kelly's own career: the fearless pursuit and expression of the truth.

Contact:
Charles Green
Michael Kelly Award
The Watergate
600 New Hampshire Avenue
NW Washington, DC 20037
Phone:
(202) 739-8417
E-mail:
[email protected]
Web site:
http://kellyaward.com

Maria Moors Cabot Prize
Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
The Cabot Prizes recognize distinguished journalism that enhances understanding among peoples of the Western Hemisphere. The prizes are awarded each fall to three or four journalists in the Western Hemisphere.

Contact:
Lisa Redd
Program Manager
Maria Moors Cabot Prize
Graduate School of Journalism
Columbia University
2950 Broadway MC 3800
New York, NY 10027-7004
Phone:
212-854-6468
Fax:
212-851-7701
E-mail:
[email protected]
Website:
www.journalism.columbia.edu/page/167-the-maria-moors-cabot-prize/168cabotprizes

The Chancellor Award
Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
A recipient is selected each year by a panel of print and broadcast journalists who look across the media landscape to identify a reporter who may not be widely known by the public, but who is highly respected within the profession.

Contact:
Abi Wright, Director
Beth Canipe, Assistant
Graduate School of Journalism
Columbia University
2950 Broadway MC3805
New York, NY 10027
Phone:
212-854-5047
Fax:
212-854-3148
E-mail:
[email protected]
Website:
http://www.journalism.columbia.edu/chancellor

Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards
Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
The awards are regarded as the most prestigious prizes in broadcast news, the equivalent of the Pulitzer Prizes.

Contact:
Abi Wright, Director
Beth Canipe, Assistant
Graduate School of Journalism
Columbia University
2950 Broadway MC3805
New York, NY 10027
Phone:
212-854-5047
Fax:
212-854-3148
E-mail:
[email protected]
Website:
http://www.journalism.columbia.edu/dupont

The Goldsmith Awards
Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy
The awards promote insightful, spirited public debate about government, politics, and the press. The program offers an investigative reporting prize and two book prizes.

Contact:
Edith Holway
Shorenstein Center
Kennedy School of Government
Box 113
79 JFK Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Phone:
(617) 495-8269
Fax:
(617) 495-8696
Email:
[email protected]
Web site:
http://www.hks.harvard.edu/presspol/

The Institute on Political Journalism
Mollenhoff Award for Excellence in Investigative Reporting
Excellence in Economic Reporting Award
Theses award recognize top investigative and economic reporting.

Contact:
Joe Starrs
1706 New Hampshire Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20009
Phone:
(202) 986-0384
Fax:
(202) 986-0390
Email:
[email protected]

University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication
Payne Awards for Ethics in Journalism
The awards recognize journalists who demonstrate extraordinary commitment to ethical conduct, even when faced with economic, personal, or political pressure.

Contact:
Zanne Miller
University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication
Payne Awards for Ethics in Journalism
1275 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403-1275
Phone:
(541) 434-7038
Fax:
(541) 346-0682
E-mail:
[email protected]
Web site:
http://payneawards.uoregon.edu


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Journalist Assistance


CPJ’s Journalist Assistance Program provides direct assistance to journalists at risk and their families all around the world.


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What We Do

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