Newsrooms upgrading security in anti-media environment

“We upgraded security from essentially nothing to something consistent with other news organizations in Washington. It wasn’t in response to a specific threat. It’s simply general acknowledgement of the environment in which we all work,” Kristin Roberts, executive editor of McClatchy Washington, told us. CNN, which had already ramped up security after the 2015 Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris, has stepped up its security following an increasing number of threats against reporters and anchors, according to a source familiar with the network’s plans. WaPo and CNN declined to comment.

The security concerns haven’t just affected national news organizations. One general manager for a top Florida TV station told us that accusations of bias, some of which are threats, have increased tenfold since the election. To increase security, the manager last year ordered the building of a fence around their perimeter that didn’t exist before, has changed the station’s protocol for visitors and has prohibited drop-ins from unannounced visitors.