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Gideon Grudo
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Bio (click to expand) picture Grudo is currently the digital platforms editor at Air Force Magazine, a DC-based, independent monthly. He was previously on the board of SPJ DC and on the national SPJ board. Before moving to DC in 2013, Grudo was editor of South Florida Gay News and worked on the board of SPJ Florida, spearheading multiple programs on a national level and helping run related conventions.

Home > Ethics and Freedom of Information > Leak Seeker

Here’s how to share information with reputable news media.

Some of journalism’s greatest contributions to society are built on the documents and information leaked to news organizations from employees of governments and private organizations.

Federal workers and other people may wish to leak information to reputable news organizations as the federal government begins to close people’s access to their government and wipe away information from agencies’ websites.

Modern technology makes the process of transferring documents and information easier than ever. Many reputable news organizations fortunately offer these secure pathways for people wanting to leak information.

In an effort to encourage leakers to share their information with reputable news organizations, the Society of Professional Journalists will keep an updated list of newsrooms offering those services.

For news organizations interested in learning more about secure ways to receive information and documents, please read this report from the Columbia Journalism Review and the Tow Center for Digital Journalism.

If you know of other news organizations offering secure dropboxes for documents and information, please email the details to andrew.m.seaman@andrewmseaman.com.


AP

Link [securedrop.ap.org]

The AP — known as the Associated Press - is one of the largest and most-respected news organizations in the world. The non-profit news agency provides stories and top-notch journalism to most reputable news organization in the U.S. The AP provides two ways to leak information to its newsrooms, including an online dropbox.


BuzzFeed

Link [contact.buzzfeed.com]

BuzzFeed’s decision to publish a document making serious allegations against President Donald Trump recently came under intense scrutiny, but the news organization is staffed with many experienced and well-known journalists. BuzzFeed offers a number of ways to communicate with its journalists, including secure dropbox for information and documents.


CBC News

Link [securedrop.cbc.ca]

CBC News is a national news organization in Canada with television, radio and online programming. The organization allows people to electronically and securely send files to its newsroom.


The Globe and Mail

Link [sec.theglobeandmail.com]

The Globe and Mail is a Canadian newspaper widely read across the country. The newspaper offers a secure way to electronically share files with its newsroom.


The Guardian

Link [securedrop.theguardian.com]

The Guardian is a respected and innovative daily newspaper in the UK. The newspaper’s U.S. arm is famous for its role in publishing stories based on Edward Snowden’s leaked information and documents. The Guardian offers a secure method to electronically share documents and information with its newsroom.


The Intercept

Link [theintercept.com]

The Intercept is a relatively new news organization led by well-known journalists including Glenn Greenwald, who led coverage of Edward Snoeden’s leaked data. The news organization offers a secure way to leak information to its journalists online.


International Consortium of Investigative Journalists

Link [icij.org]

The ICIJ is a global network of investigative journalists who collaborate on stories. The group is best known for coordinating the deep dive into the leaked documents that are known as the Panama Papers. Additionally, the group covered a range of topics in the past. ICIJ offers an electronic and secure way to send documents and information to its journalists.


The New York Times

Link [nytimes.com]

The New York Times is one of the most well-known and respected news organizations in the world. The newspaper employs an army of journalists known for digging deep into issues and topics. The news organization offers several ways to provide its newsroom with tips, information and documents.


The New Yorker

Link [projects.newyorker.com]

The New Yorker is one of the most well-known magazines in the United States. The weekly publication is known for publishing comprehensive and exhaustively fact-checked stories. The New Yorkers offers a secure way to electronically send files to its writers.


ProPublica

Link [propublica.org]

ProPublica is a non-profit news organizations staffed with accomplished investigative journalists. ProPublica offers a number of encrypted ways to communicate with their journalists. Additionally, the news organization offers a few ways to securely and privately send their journalists documents and information.


Vice

Link [news.vice.com]

Vice Media is an organization that spans nearly all media from print to broadcast. The organization most recently launched a nightly news show on HBO. Vice offers a secure and electronic way to share documents and information with its journalists.


The Washington Post

Link [washingtonpost.com]

The Washington Post set the bar for coverage of the 2016 presidential election. The newspaper is known for digging into government affairs and breaking some of the biggest stories in U.S. history including the Watergate scandal that led to President Richard Nixon’s resignation. The Washington Post offers a secure way for people to provide its newsroom with anonymous and private communications and documents.

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This committee is the watchdog of press freedoms across the nation. It relies upon a network of volunteers in each state organized under Project Sunshine. These SPJ members are on the front lines for assaults to the First Amendment and when lawmakers attempt to restrict the public's access to documents and the government's business. The committee often is called upon to intervene in instances where the media is restricted.
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