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Training bursaries for Freelancers in the US

Bursaries available for new safety training course at the Columbia School of Journalism.

The Rory Peck Trust is partnering with the Columbia University School of Journalism to enable 11 freelance journalists to attend a unique safety training programme tailored to the needs of freelance journalists.

Taking place in October, this intensive programme 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
Cyber security
Emergency first aid:
Rape/assault prevention
The course will take place at the Columbia's NYC campus on 19-21 October 2012. There are 25 course places.

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

a) Freelancers with an immediate or urgent need for the training

b) Freelancers with confirmed assignments

c) Those who have been working as a bona fide freelancer in newsgathering and/or current affairs for at least 18 months

c) Freelancers with a tangible need for financial support to cover the fee

d) Freelance camerapeople.

To Apply

Please send asend your CV and 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 FRIDAY 31 AUGUST 2012.

Full details and course information at Columbia's website.

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