For freelance journalists working without the daily backup and resources available to staff journalists, this training is even more essential. But it can be expensive.
The Rory Peck Training Fund makes hostile environment training affordable for freelancers. Launched in 2000, the Fund has given hundreds of bursaries to freelance journalists, photographers, cameramen and filmmakers, enabling them to gain the vital skills and knowledge needed for work in hostile environments.
Who can apply?
To qualify you will need to have worked as a freelancer in newsgathering and/or current affairs for a minimum of 18 months. The number of bursaries are limited and priority is given to freelancers whose work habitually takes them into hostile environments, and to those with a forthcoming confirmed assignment.
How can I apply?
If you think you are eligible for a Rory Peck Training Fund bursary you will need to fill in a Bursary Application Form, and send it with an up-to-date CV and application letter telling us why you're applying. You will also need to include the contact details of two referees who can endorse your application and vouch for your work as a freelancer.
How long does it take to process an application?
On receipt of your application form, it can take between one and three weeks to approve a bursary. To speed up the process we recommend that you advise your referees that they may be contacted by the Trust in relation to your application.
Which course provider should I choose?
The Trust works with six course providers
. You must take your training with one of them, but it is up to you which one. We recommend researching the courses of each one before deciding which one is right for you. We also have longstanding relationships with certain trainers, academic institutions and others who we work with to provide special training initiatives where the need is greatest - you can view them here
Things you may want to consider include:
- course dates
- price (some providers reduce their rates for Rory Peck bursary recipients, others offer specially-discounted courses at different times of the year)
- course content and delivery
Please note bursaries are limited and cannot be guaranteed.
The Training Fund is supported by: