Course Description

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, weather the COVID-19 pandemic and seize the opportunities 2021 has to offer.

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.

Video Lecturer

Viktorya Vilk

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.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Online Abuse Self-Defense

    • Online Abuse Self-Defense

Reviews

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Sofia Perpétua

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Shamsun Nahar

Thank you.

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Bashar Ghoujal

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Online Abuse

Olga Zaslavsky

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

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

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Excellent overview of a difficult topic

Juliet Jeske

I've experienced quite a bit of online abuse and had to learn the hard way how to deal with it. I even had a subject of an investigation I was working on tr...

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I've experienced quite a bit of online abuse and had to learn the hard way how to deal with it. I even had a subject of an investigation I was working on try to have me arrested as a means to intimidate me. This person thought her relative who worked as a NY State Trooper could pull favors for her. Luckily for me, the Trooper assigned to her complaint did everything by the book and there were no charges filed against me. I don't know if any of the tips included in this course would have prevented that incident but the presenter does offer a lot of great advice. This course is concise yet contains a lot of great information regarding documenting abuse. This is a real and growing problem that any journalist should be concerned with.

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Arlene Schulman

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It is an excellent course and highly recommended.

Javier Matta