Jenn Henrichsen

First Look Media Technology Fellow

Jennifer Henrichsen joined Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press in January 2015 as the organizations’ first technology fellow. The fellowship is supported by a grant from First Look Media to assist the Reporters Committee in developing a strategic approach to addressing technology issues related to press freedom. As the First Look Media Technology Fellow, Henrichsen serves as an advisor and researcher on issues including digital security, government surveillance, and the future of media.

Among her responsibilities, Henrichsen works with Reporters Committee staff attorneys, legal fellows, media company partners, and other free press organizations to identify key technology issues and their impact on journalism and First Amendment rights. She will also develop resources for journalists regarding the use of encryption and digital security tools and other technologies to protect confidentiality and First Amendment freedoms.

The $100,000 grant from First Look Media – the news organization created by Pierre Omidyar – was part of a series of grants to organizations at the forefront of integrating freedom of the press with technology.

Prior to joining the Reporters Committee, Henrichsen was research and program coordinator for “Journalism After Snowden” and a research fellow at Columbia University’s Tow Center for Digital Journalism. She has been a consultant to UNESCO, where she carried out a research project about digital security issues facing journalists, and has worked as a strategic communications consultant at Hattaway Communications in Washington, D.C and as a research assistant at the Open Society Foundations.

A Fulbright Research Scholar, Henrichsen was awarded a bachelor’s degree with honors from Pacific Lutheran University and an Advanced Masters in International and European Security with honors from the University of Geneva and the Geneva Center for Security Policy. She is co-author of the book, War on Words: Who Should Protect Journalists?