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CREATING A  CULTURE OF SAFETY  FOR FREELANCE JOURNALISM

THIS PAGE IS USED TO PROVIDE INFORMATION ABOUT TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES FOR FREELANCERS AVAILABLE THROUGH OTHER ORGANIZATIONS WITH WHICH THE FORUM IS LINKED THROUGH THE ACOS ALLIANCE. PLEASE CONTACT THE ORGANIZATION CONCERNED DIRECTLY AND NOT THROUGH THE FORUM.


Thanks to the generosity of the Associated Press, ACOS is able to offer two bursaries to freelance and/or local journalists to participate in a fully certified three day HEFAT (Hostile Environment and First Aid Training) course in Colombia, delivered by GJS. The course is mainly dedicated to those covering the conflict in Venezuela and it will take place from Monday 25 to Wednesday 27, March 2019. Applicants should fill out the application form by Thursday 14, March.

The Associated Press is covering the course fees while the ACOS Alliance will cover accommodation and travel costs. Thanks again to AP, and in particular to John Daniszewski and Danny Spriggs for making this possible.

Here you have the relevant link to our website: https://www.acosalliance.org/press

Elisabet Cantenys
Executive Director, ACOS Alliance



The Steven Joel Sotloff Memorial 2 Lives Foundation announces the establishment of a Security Training Scholarship Program to help prepare freelance journalists operating in high-risk environments. The 2Lives Scholarship Program will provide Hostile Environments & Emergency First-Aid Training (HEFAT) on a recurring basis to qualified freelance journalists


Dates and Location – June 4 - 7 2019, Miami, Florida


The 2 Annual HEFAT course will be held in Miami, Florida, where the 2Lives foundation is based and where Steven and the Sotloff family are from. The course will run from Wednesday, June 5 through Friday, June 7, and it will provide training to 20 freelance journalists.


The University of Miami School of Communication is supporting the course through in-kind support by offering university dormitories and dining facilities for the participants along with use of facilities for the first day of training.


Global Journalist Security is providing the training at the University of Miami and another, nearby facility over the three days.


3-Day HEFAT – Journalist Security


The course will be a 3-Day HEFAT – Journalist Security class. The curriculum will cover: risk assessments & planning; situational awareness; emergency first-aid including vehicle accidents, improvised carries & stretchers; concealment vs. cover; travel security; convoys & checkpoints; kidnapping risk reduction; basic digital hygiene; personal safety against street crime, sexual assault & hostile mobs; unexploded ordnance; active shooter response; combat hazards; interrogations & captivity; and resiliency, tactical breathing & stress management.


Scholarship – 20 Spots for Qualified Freelance Journalists

(Airfare not included)


The 2Lives Scholarship will provide three days of training, ground transportation to and from training on the second and third day, along with lodging and meals from arrival on Tuesday evening, June 4 through Saturday morning, June 8.


Scholarship trainees, however, must cover their own airfare (if coming from outside of South Florida) and ground transportation between the airport and Univ. of Miami.


Applications


The Scholarship is open to qualified freelance journalists. To apply please send:


  1. An email of interest to gjs@gjs-security.com by Friday, April 5, 2019. We will then send you instructions to send your application package securely.


  1. A completed application including a cover letter, resume, sample stories and a letter or note of recommendation, by Friday, April 19, 2019, applicants, via the secure channel as instructed.

  1. The Cover Letter may be no more than two pages. In it, the applicant should describe: the kind of reporting and stories the applicant has done to date; the reporting the applicant expects to do for which a HEFAT course would be recommended; and specifics about how the applicant intends to approach the story safely.


  1. Resume should be clear, specific and no more than two pages.


  1. The Sample Stories should involve copies or links to two to three print, broadcast or online stories that reflect professionalism, integrity and safety.


  1. The Letter, Note or Email of Recommendation should be from an editor who has worked with the applicant and it should explain why they recommend the applicant for security training. The note may be brief. But it must include the editor’s name, title and full contact information.


Applicants will be evaluated jointly by the Steven Sotloff Memorial 2 Lives Foundation and GJS. Applicants will be notified by Friday, May 3, if they have been accepted for the training.


Applicants must provide evidence that have made travel arrangements or booked flights by Friday, May 10 to hold their spot.




Through its membership in the ACOS Alliance the Forum is now able to bring more safety training options to the attention of freelance journalists, in addition to our own bursary programs. ACOS (A Culture of Safety) is an unprecedented international coalition of news organizations, freelance journalist associations and press freedom organizations. In August 2017 it launched its Standard Safety Training Form in conjunction with a 3-day hostile environment training course offered to freelancers by the James W. Foley Legacy FoundationThe database created by these and future applications will be available to all ACOS member organizations which offer free or financially-assisted safety training opportunities for freelancers. Those who complete the form may be offered other safety training opportunities run by ACOS members as they arise. More information is on the form header and the ACOS website.