Remote Reporter: Online Abuse Self-Defense

REMOTE REPORTER: Online Abuse Self-Defense

With PEN America | taught by Viktorya Vilk
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Arlene Schulman

Javier Matta

It is an excellent course and highly recommended.

Olga Zaslavsky

Online Abuse

Quite interesting, although a little too general, but interesting, thank you!

Arlene Schulman

Javier Matta

Olga Zaslavsky

Quite interesting, although a little too general, but interesting, thank you!

Sofia Perpétua

Bashar Ghoujal

Viktorya Vilk
Viktorya Vilk
Video Lecturer

About the Instructor

Viktorya Vilk is the director of digital safety and free expression programs at PEN America. With over eight years of experience working in museums and arts nonprofits, she is firmly committed to protecting freedom of expression and expanding access to the arts. 

Prior to joining PEN America, she worked on organizational strategy and development at the Art & Global Health Center Africa, a Malawian NGO that advocates for health and human rights through the arts. She has organized exhibitions, developed public programs, managed a collection re-installation project, and created innovative digital platforms showcasing art and architecture at the Jewish Museum, the Clark Art Institute, The Frick Collection, and the Courtauld Gallery. 

She graduated summa cum laude from Boston University with a BA in art history and completed graduate degrees in art history and museums studies as a Marshall Scholar at the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London.

The REMOTE REPORTER is a series of videos of 25 minutes or less in which our faculty members share techniques and tips especially calibrated to help journalists and journalism students continue their work while they self-isolate and weather the COVID-19 pandemic.

In this episode, Viktorya Vilk of PEN America, gives concrete guidance to respond to online abuse and protect yourself and others. As more people are isolating, more people are online and abuse is certain to increase. This session, in partnership with PEN America, covers:

  • The types of online abuse and their silencing effects
  • Guidance on how to respond
  • Blocking and muting
  • How to document and report
  • To feed or not to feed
  • Tips to seek support and offer allyship

Warning: Viewers may be exposed to objectionable material that is racist, sexist, homophobic and more in the examples of this video.

Closed Captioning is available for this video.

Course Contents

1 Video

Course Curriculum

Online Abuse Self-Defense
25:07