BY Hannah Storm

A message from the Director

Hannah Storm has announced her resignation as Director of the International News Safety Institute (INSI). She will leave the organisation in March.

“After nine years working at the International News Safety Institute, I have decided to move on to a new challenge and am thrilled to be taking over as the director of the Ethical Journalism Network in April.

Since 2010, I have been fortunate to work with the brilliant and dedicated team at INSI, our members and the wider community of news media colleagues, helping build a network of support to promote their safety wherever they work.

In almost a decade, the frontlines of journalism have shifted dramatically, and I have witnessed positive changes: the growing realisation that organisations have a duty of care to those who work for them to ensure they stay safe physically, psychologically and online. We have seen an increased focus on the specific issues faced by women journalists and a recognition that journalists do not need to cover conflict in order to face insecurity.

However, every day many of our colleagues around the world continue to pay dearly for their desire to tell the truth and to shine a light in dark places. In recent years, our community has also fallen victim to vitriol and violence from venues and voices we’d never have anticipated when I started at INSI.

That the risks taken by journalists should now be part of public discourse – as we have seen in increasing column inches dedicated to the courage of our killed colleagues, to Time Magazine’s choice of Person of the Year and to the fact that journalists were celebrated at the New Year’s Eve celebrations in New York -is both commendable and heart-rending.

I will always be passionate about journalism safety and I firmly believe that without a guarantee of safety, there can be no press freedom and without that we all suffer. I am incredibly fortunate to have worked with some of the best and bravest in the business, people who have inspired me and taught me so much. I am deeply grateful to everyone who has supported me and INSI’s mission and I will continue to do whatever I can to uphold that. I am fully committed to supporting INSI in its transition and supporting its members before I leave in March.

In taking up my new role at the EJN, I am very much aware that media safety and ethics go hand in hand. Journalism is facing a crisis of trust and a fight for truth and I believe there has never been a more important time to promote sound ethics in journalism and so I am looking forward to working with the dedicated team at the EJN to drive forward its important work.”

Hannah Storm

 

From Sue Inglish, Chair of the Trustees:

"We will be very sorry to say goodbye to Hannah after nine years with INSI during which she has played a key role in developing the role and remit of INSI to ensure it is at the forefront of current safety issues for journalists. We wish her the very best of luck in her new and demanding role.”

INSI has started the recruitment process for a new Director. To apply for this position, please send your CV and 250 words on why you think you would make an excellent INSI Director to [email protected]