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Freelance bursaries available for safety programme at Columbia School of Journalism

Freelance bursaries available for safety programme at Columbia School of Journalism

For the second year running, RPT is partnering with the Columbia University School of Journalism in New York City to enable 11 freelance journalists to attend an intensive safety training programme tailored to their needs.

Based at the school's NYC campus, the 3-day workshop is aimed at preparing freelancers to think critically about how to work effectively and safely in volatile situations such as war/conflict or disaster zones, with emphasis on prevention of harm. It will cover the following five main areas:

  • Risk assessment
  • Trauma
  • Cyber security
  • Emergency first aid
  • Rape / assault prevention

The course will take place 18-20 October 2013. There are 25 course places.

RPT has 11 bursaries for freelance applicants.  Each bursary will cover around 60% of the $695.00 course fee. Priority will be given to:

  • Freelancers with an immediate or urgent need for the training
  • Freelancers with confirmed assignments
  • Those who have been working as a bona fide freelancer in newsgathering and/or current affairs for at least 18 months
  • Freelancers with a tangible need for financial support to cover the fee
  • Freelance camerapeople.

To Apply
Please send asend your CV and a brief summary of your professional experience (up to 400 words) to with the subject line reading REPORTING IN CRISIS ZONES / RPT BURSARY.

Please do not email your application to the Rory Peck Trust.

Deadline for applications is SATURDAY 30 AUGUST 2013.

Full details and course information at Columbia's website.

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