Awareness is certainly spreading across the journalism community, and one start-up I spoke with is in the process of putting security measures into place before launch. James Heaney, an investigative reporter and a Pulitzer Prize finalist, is building an investigative news site for the Buffalo New York region, called the Investigative Post. After hearing Steve Doig’s Spycraft talk at an Investigative Reporters and Editors conference in June, he asked Doig for advice about what precautions he should take, and plans on having a sit down with a technology expert to figure out how to translate his advice into some concrete action, as he anticipates his reporting to “ruffle some feathers.” “As an investigative reporting site, it’s a priority to safeguard my notes and other sensitive internal documents,” says Heaney. In his days at the The Buffalo News, where he worked for twenty-five years, he had received threats over stories he did, and he’s brought that experience into the planning for this new venture: “I’ve learned to think defensively.”

If you'd like to get email from CJR writers and editors, add your email address to our newsletter roll and we'll be in touch.

Alysia Santo is a former assistant editor at CJR.