Source Protection Workshops

For Investigative Journalists, Documentary Filmmakers, and Journalism Schools

Panel with Jesselyn Radack and Eric Lichtblau on Protecting Confidential Sources
Jesselyn Radack and former NY Times national security correspondent Eric Lichtblau discuss source protection at the National Press Foundation

As leak prosecutions have become normalized and government surveillance has been expanded beyond national security contexts, it has become increasingly difficult for journalists to cultivate and protect government sources.

At the same time, newsrooms are shrinking and more journalists are publishing independently, with less access to the kinds of institutional knowledge and legal resources traditionally housed within legacy news organizations. Even well-resourced outlets have made catastrophic missteps in source protection in recent years.

WHISPeR provides pro-bono legal workshops on whistleblowing law and best practices for source protection, educating journalists about the risks government sources face, and how journalists can help mitigate those risks. We can provide individual consultations or general workshops and webinars for newsrooms, conferences, or journalism schools.

WHISPeR attorneys have represented people in dozens of whistleblower retaliation and media leak cases, including national security employees who have been investigated or prosecuted under the Espionage Act for allegedly mishandling classified information. Our clients include NSA whistleblowers Edward Snowden and Thomas Drake, drone whistleblower Daniel Hale, and CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou.

Contact us today to arrange a consultation: