JSafe is an app built to help female and other marginalized journalists fight against harassment, bullying and assault. It is now available in the Apple Store and Google Play Store.

I created the JSafe app to help journalists fight against threats and access the resources they need when they find themselves in dangerous situations. I came up with the idea during a conversation in a room of female journalists where we discussed the harassment we regularly face in the field and online. A lot of newsrooms don’t have the resources to assist their journalists when they’re facing attacks, and independent journalists are often completely unsupported without any company protection or assistance. I partnered with the engineering school at Mizzou to build the app for any female or marginalized journalist to use to document, store evidence of harassment and seek resources when they are being harassed, attacked or trolled online or in person.

Once inside the app, users can document incidents by uploading the attacker’s email or social media handles. The app also allows users to store any photo or video evidence they might have and indicate the type and level of threat they are experiencing. Any journalist using the app can request a follow up for resources from the Coalition for Women in Journalism, who are now managing the app, whether it’s to seek out a lawyer, therapist or other assistance.

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