Lucy Westcott

Lucy Westcott is CPJ's James W. Foley Fellow. During her fellowship, Westcott will focus on safety issues for women journalists in non-hostile environments. Prior to joining CPJ, Westcott was a staff writer for Newsweek, where she covered gender and immigration. She has reported for outlets including The Intercept, Bustle, The Atlantic, and Women Under Siege, and was a United Nations correspondent for the Inter Press Service.

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Q&A: Leona O’Neill on the aftermath of Lyra McKee’s killing in Northern Ireland

December 17, 2019 12:01 PM ET

Leona O’Neill was reporting in Londonderry’s Creggan estate on April 18, 2019, the night Lyra McKee, 29, was struck by a bullet. Considered a rising star in the British and Irish media, McKee was the first journalist to be killed in Northern Ireland since 2001, CPJ noted at the...

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‘The threats follow us home’: Survey details risks for female journalists in U.S., Canada

September 4, 2019 9:00 AM ET

Ask any female journalist about harassment or safety while on assignment and they’ll likely have a story to tell....

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Why going solo is a risk for female reporters in the US and Canada

September 4, 2019 9:00 AM ET

In June 2016, an attacker was terrorizing women on a jogging path in Edmonton, Canada. A video journalist at a large Canadian broadcaster was assigned to cover the story on the night shift. Multiple sexual assaults had been reported and the man was still at-large....

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Why newsrooms need a solution to end online harassment of reporters

September 4, 2019 9:00 AM ET

Stef Schrader was on vacation in Germany last year when spam messages started to flood her inbox. Seeing random emails from Macy’s—and job alerts for the position of “Chief Idiot”—she realized someone had signed her work email up to dozens of email lists....

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'We face a different danger,' war photographer Paul Conroy says

May 22, 2019 3:47 PM ET

In a Q&A with CPJ, British war photographer Paul Conroy discusses his last assignment with Sunday Times reporter Marie Colvin in Syria, in 2012, and the dangers for photojournalists, especially when covering conflict....

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Caracas full of uncertainty for journalists covering Venezuela crisis

May 15, 2019 10:50 AM ET

A year after disputed national elections in Venezuela, and with access to information growing ever-scarcer, the country remains in a political and economic crisis. Conditions for the press have deteriorated further since January, when Juan Guaidó, the head of the opposition-led national assembly, declared himself interim president....

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Damascus journalist has a million stories but none she can safely report

November 12, 2018 4:08 PM ET

Joudy Boulos has a million stories she wants to write. But as a Syrian freelance journalist living in Damascus, her ability to report is severely limited by the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. It is so dangerous that "Joudy Boulos" is a pseudonym the journalist sometimes uses when...

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World Cup harassment highlights issues female sports journalists face on daily basis

July 13, 2018 11:20 AM ET

With the World Cup final just a few days away, female sports journalists say the experiences of at least four reporters who were grabbed, groped, or sexually harassed on air while covering the tournament in Russia have highlighted the harassment they face....

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