SKeyes Center for Media and Cultural Freedom - Samir Kassir Foundation

Full Scholarships to 16 Freelance Journalists to Attend ‘Reporting Safely in Crisis Zones’

Tuesday , 03 April 2018

With generous support from the James W. Foley Legacy Foundation, the Rory Peck Trust, and the ACOS Alliance, the Dart Center will be offering its annual four-day crisis zones reporting course to 16 freelance journalists at no cost.

Expert trainers will provide instruction in the following areas:

- Risk assessment: making the right decisions before and during an assignment, setting limits, sound practices amid riots, snipers, mines, shooting, roadblocks, infiltrators and general mayhem.
- Digital Security: safeguarding sensitive computer data and communicating with others in a secure manner. Coding, encryption and cloud computing skills are taught.
- Emergency first aid: tourniquets, triage, fractures and bullet wounds.
- Trauma awareness: emotional self-care while covering troubling stories.
- Rape/sexual assault prevention: setting boundaries, delaying tactics, basic self-defense and healing.

Lead Instructor: Judith Matloff, adjunct faculty, Columbia Journalism School and former conflict correspondent with more than 20 years of experience. The course will be held October 18- 21, 2018, at the Columbia Journalism School in New York City. 

Participants must be fluent in spoken English. 


The deadline to apply is Monday, May 4, 2018 at 5:00 PM ET

The course fee – regularly $1175 USD – has been underwritten by the James W. Foley Legacy Foundation, the Rory Peck Trust, and the ACOS Alliance.

Sixteen freelance journalists will be selected to participate free of charge. All participants will be responsible for their travel, lodging, ground transportation and meals.

For more information and to apply, click here.

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