National Press Club

Institute and Club plan three-day program on helping reporters stay secure online, Sept. 25, 27, Oct. 11

September 24, 2014 | By Nicole Hoffman |

The National Press Club Journalism Institute and the Club's Freedom of the Press and Young Members committee are holding a three-day training session to help journalists protect their reporting in cyberspace from unwanted scrutiny.

The program will take place Thursday, Sept. 25, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Lisagor Room; Saturday, Sept. 27, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Bloomberg Room; and Saturday, Oct. 11, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Bloomberg Room.

Register here. The cost to attend all three days is $40 for Club members and $60 for non-members, and includes a box lunch for the Saturday sessions. The cost to attend just the Thursday evening seminar is $5 for members and $10 for non-members. Club members should login for the discount code.

Attendance at the hands-on Saturday sessions will be capped at 25 people so sign-up early.

Skills that will be studied in the Saturday workshops include how to keep Internet traffic anonymous; how to encrypt instant messaging, video chat, and audio chat; how to make mobile phones more secure; and how to securely store and transfer your files.

Attendees of the Saturday workshops must bring a laptop and, if available, a smartphone. Each participant must have administrative access to their laptops. Participants should also bring a thumb drive or external hard drive to create encrypted volumes.

This program is supported by a generous grant from the Motorola Solutions Foundation.