The Centre for Investigative Journalism
The Centre for Investigative Journalism

Source Protection Programme

10 May – 30 June 2021

The Source Protection Programme is an advanced information security programme provided free for freelance journalists delivered by the Centre for Investigative Journalism and the Freedom of The Press Foundation. The programme will bolster the skills of a cohort of investigators committed to adversarial public interest journalism and challenging power.

The programme pilot runs 10th May – 30th June 2021 and consists of 8 weeks of free online training workshops and guest lectures from some of the world’s leading journalists and security researchers.

Programme details

  • 8 weeks, 6 training sessions, 6 guest lectures, 2 office hour slots, taking place on Monday and Wednesday evenings
  • Two cohorts of between 10 – 15 participants
  • Two time slots for the programme (1 x North America (EST), 1 x European (BST))
  • A certificate of completion will be awarded by FPF and the CIJ at the conclusion of the programme to all participants who have attended at least 90% of the teaching sessions

Each Monday of the programme participants will have exclusive access to a guest lecture or conversation from the likes of Jessica Bruder, Laura Poitras and James Marcus, Iona Craig, Sonia Kennebeck, Omar Mohammed (Mosul Eye), Barton Gellman and Cory Doctorow, Igor Ostrovskiy and John Scott Railton and more TBA.

On Wednesday evenings participants will have access to training sessions and workshops led by Harlo Holmes, Fabio Natali and Runa Sandvik including:

  • Threat Assessment Workshop
  • Information Security Fundamentals
  • Advanced Information Security
  • Advanced Newsroom Security
  • Source Protection
  • Training Sources in OpSec

Interspersed between the hands-on workshops, our training team will schedule ‘Office Hours’ sessions where participants will be able to book one to one slots to address specific concerns or issues.

This programme is made possible by the generous support of The Reva & David Logan Foundation.


Published: 29 Mar 2021

Applications open!

The CIJ and Freedom of the Press Foundation are delighted to announce that applications are now open to take part in the pilot Source Protection Programme.