Designing a research project to better understand the nature of abuse, threats and harm to journalists in the UK required careful thought – and was just the kind of research design challenge we relish. Commissioned by the DCMS, we needed to measure the prevalence of threats, abuse and violence, examine journalists’ perceptions of safety, explore how these affected their professional and personal lives, and investigate what support they had, what they used, and what they wanted.
“I still sleep with my phone, and my keys, next to me in bed. Just because I just kept thinking someone was going to break in.” Sarah, regional online reporter
“I got home and one of the windows of my home office had been smashed with a brick.” Ed, investigative sports journalist
“There’s straight out abuse… unpleasant name calling, personal insults, threats against me and my family, and an awful lot of people just saying how I should kill myself.” James, gaming journalist
“I don’t know when something like this might turn into something that’s a real threat.” Hanna, national broadcast journalist