Frequently Asked Questions:Online Harm in Journalism Survey

About the Online Harm in Journalism Survey

How do I find out about the survey results?

The results of this survey will be released at the #NotOK — Stand Up for Journalism and Democracy virtual forum. This two-day event will be open to all journalists and media professionals. We invite you to register for the two-day event: November 2, November 9. Stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks!

Who can complete the survey?

This survey is open to all practising Canadian journalists and media professionals.

What kind of questions will I be asked in the Online Harm in Journalism Survey?

You will be asked questions about your experiences with online harm and harassment, as well as some demographic questions to help us understand and compare the results.

Why is the Online Harm in Journalism Survey being conducted?

The rise of online harassment against journalists and media professionals is a serious issue affecting our industry. While some international reports have helped document this worldwide phenomenon, we know very little about the scope of this threat in Canada. The goal of this survey is to provide important industry-wide data that will help us better understand the problem in Canada, support those who experience it, and advocate for initiatives to reduce, if not prevent, online harm.

Who is conducting this survey?

This survey is conducted by Ipsos and sponsored by CBC/Radio-Canada, in association with the Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ), News Media Canada (NMC), Journalists for Human Rights (JHR), National Ethnic Press and Media Council of Canada (NEPMCC) and the Fédération professionnelle des journalistes du Québec (FPJQ).

Is the survey confidential and anonymous?

Yes. The information you provide through the Online Harm in Journalism Survey is completely confidential and anonymous. Ipsos, a third-party market research company, has been engaged to create and conduct the Online Harm in Journalism Survey. They will ensure your data and privacy are protected and will keep all information you provide in the census strictly confidential. Please click here to read Ipsos's Global Data Protection & Privacy Policy. Findings from the survey will only ever be presented in aggregate and your responses will remain private.

I didn’t receive an invitation to the survey. Can I still complete it?

This research was open to all practicing Canadian journalists and media professionals. The survey ran between September 27 and October 13, 2021, but is now closed. We encourage you to join us at the #NotOK — Stand Up for Journalism and Democracy virtual forum on November 9 to learn more about the findings from this study.

I received more than one invitation to this survey, should I fill it out more than once?

It is important that the survey be completed by the largest and widest possible number of respondents. To achieve this goal, we have asked many associations to distribute the survey. As a result, you may receive this email from multiple associations. However, you only need to respond once.

When can I complete the survey?

The Online Harm in Journalism Survey will be open for a two-week period from September 27 to October 13, 2021.