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Freelance bursaries for intensive NYC safety course

Freelance bursaries for intensive NYC safety course

Once again, RPT is partnering with the Columbia Journalism School to give seven freelance journalists the chance to attend a 4-day safety training programme in New York City.

Reporting Safely in Crisis Zones - an intensive course designed by Columbia Journalism School and the Dart Center - will prepare journalists to work safety in war, conflict zones and areas of natural disaster.

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. Codes, encryption and cloud computing skills are taught.
  • Emergency first aid: tourniquets, triage, fractures and bullet wounds. 
  • Trauma: emotional self-care while covering troubling stories. Rape/assault prevention, setting boundaries, delaying tactics, basic self-defense, healing. 
Lead by former foreign journalist and safety trainer, Judith Matloff, the course focuses on thinking critically about evolving situations, risk assessment and harm prevention. 

The course will be held October 27 - October 30, 2016 at the Columbia Journalism School in New York City.

For the fifth year running, RPT has bursaries for freelance journalists wishing to attend. The aim of the bursaries is to make this training affordable by providing part-funding. 

The full cost of the course is $975. Each bursary will cover around 60% of this fee. 

To apply, please go to the Dart Center's online application. 

The deadline for bursary applications is FRIDAY 15TH JULY 2016. 

Please not applications are NOT administered by RPT.  Email any questions to

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