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Frontline journalists asked to log abuse

Posted on: July 7, 2020 by Ian Murray

Journalists are being invited to share their experiences of online abuse or harassment as part of a joint initiative by regional publishers to tackle these issues.

Anyone working on the front lines of journalism is invited to complete a two-minute anonymous survey about their experiences.

The results of the survey will help a cross-publisher group come up with some strategies to tackle the problems, say organisers.

Newsquest Oxford Mail editor Samantha Harman (Pictured), who is working with journalists at JPI, Reach and Archant on the initiative said: “Abuse and harassment should not be an accepted part of any job. Whether its abuse aimed at you, or at other readers, we know that dealing with these comments is taking up an increasing amount of the working day for many of our reporters.

“Before we decide on what actions we can take, we’d like to hear your stories and experiences. The results of this survey will be anonymous but by taking just a couple of minutes to complete it, you’ll be helping us make some positive changes.”

Take part in the survey here: https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/8OL26N/