James Foley Project

James Foley
Photo courtesy of HBO

In recognition of the journalistic excellence and bravery of photojournalist James Foley, SPJ Ashford has created the James Foley Project to raise awareness of the growing dangers faced by journalists today. The number of reporters kidnapped, imprisoned and killed around the globe has reached an unprecedented high – yet too little is being done to protect the brave men and women who devote their lives to being the world’s observers.


Our mission is to raise awareness of the considerable dangers attached to international journalism by spotlighting journalists that have been wounded or killed in the line of duty, or those who are currently living in dangerous environments.

According to the Committee to Protect Journalists (2016):

  • 1,189 journalists have been killed since 1989
  • 10 journalists were killed in 2015
  • 199 journalists were imprisoned in 2015
  • 456 journalists have been exiled since 2008


  1. Read our journalist biographies and share them with everyone you know. Awareness prompts change; and in this case, change may save lives.
  2. As a journalist, commit to practicing the Freelance Journalist Safety Principles detailed by the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma.
  3. Visit the James W. Foley Legacy Foundation to assist them in their efforts to obtain hostage freedom for journalists being held, against their will, around the globe.
  4. Support the Committee to Protect Journalists, which strives to raise awareness and push for global change in protecting international journalists.
  5. Consider writing a biography of a journalist who fits the above criterion and submitting it to SPJ Ashford for consideration of placement on our website.  To do so:
    • Please include at least one photo of the journalist you are spotlighting with your write-up, and be certain to properly cite your sources for any and all images and sources. Please note that no controversial people or topics will be considered.
    • If you’re interested, please send a query letter, along with your write-up, to SPJ@ashford.edu with the email subject: SERVICE PROJECT SUBMISSION.

Raise your voice with ours, and help us make the world a safer place for journalists today.


Committee to Protect Journalists. Data and research – 1189 journalists killed since 1989. CPJ.org. Retrieved on 05.01.2016 from https://www.cpj.org/