Links and Resources

CPJ promotes press freedom worldwide and defends the right of journalists to report the news without fear of reprisal. CPJ ensures the free flow of news and commentary by taking action wherever journalists are attacked, imprisoned,killed, kidnapped, threatened, censored, or harassed. Check out CPJ's Security Guide for practical info on keeping healthy and safe in the field (including basic preparedness and risk awareness, field first aid and digital security).

A project of Columbia Journalism School, the Dart Center is a global network of journalists, journalism educators and health professionals dedicated to improving media coverage of trauma, conflict and tragedy. 

See Dart's Publications sections for advice on covering specific topics like suicide, sexual violence, suicide, natural disasters, interviewing children and tragic anniversaries.

The annual Dart Center Ochberg Fellowships give senior and mid-career journalists the opportunity to deepen their knowledge of trauma and improve coverage of violence, conflict and tragedy. The annual Dart Center Academic Fellowships, offered each summer, provide in-depth training to journalism educators. The Dart Awards for Excellence in Coverage of Trauma honour the most sensitive, thoughtful and ethical reporting on survivors of traumatic events.  Dart's research database is a very extensive bibliography of scholarship on journalism and trauma, produced by the Dart Research Lab at the University of Tulsa.

The International News Safety Institute provides real-time practical information and training so journalists can do their jobs safely wherever they work. A not-for-profit, its members include some of the world's leading news organizations and their deep roots in journalism ensure they understand the practical needs of their colleagues who want to get the story.

INSI provides up-to-the-minute safety advice for teams and individuals covering conflict, civil unrest and natural disasters, as well as organizing safety training for journalists in countries and situations where their employers do not support them. INSI also undertakes occasional research projects to supplement their safety expertise, bring context to the challenges faced by colleagues and offer recommendations to news organizations and the wider community as to how they can mitigate the risks faced by journalists.

RSF/RWB's mission:

- To continuously monitor attacks on freedom of information worldwide;
- To denounce any such attacks in the media;
To act in cooperation with governments to fight censorship and laws aimed at restricting freedom of information;
To morally and financially assist persecuted journalists, as well as their families.To offer material assistance to war correspondents in order to enhance their safety.

RWB/RSF publishes a safety guide for journalists. (English) and (French), are produced by a collaboration of post-secondary journalism schools and programs led by Ryerson University, Université Laval and Carleton University, and supported by a group of benefactors including publishers, labour and others who believe in excellence in journalism and its strong and vital future. Their goal is to promote national discussion about journalism as well as providing a source for news, research, commentary, advice and resources for industry professionals, scholars and students. The Forum edits a section entitled "Covering Violence and Trauma."

Provides practical assistance and support to freelance news gatherers and their families worldwide, raising their profile, promoting their welfare and safety, and supporting their right to report freely and without fear. The annual Rory Peck Awards honour the work of freelance cameramen and women worldwide. 

See their risk assessment guide for freelancers working in conflict zones.

The Canadian Journalism Forum on Violence and Trauma partners with the Rory Peck Trust to help provide Canadian freelancers with bursaries for hostile environment training with the annual Forum Freelance Fund competition

Established in 2003 to honour of colleagues at the Frontline News Television Agency who died pursuing their work. The Frontline Charitable Trust promotes independent journalism and provides training in the safety of journalists and other media workers in areas of conflict. Events include debates, and documentary and film screenings by many of the world's best journalists, photographers, filmmakers and thinkers - the sessions are often available online via lifestream or recorded for future viewing.

The Frontline Freelance Register (FFR) is a representative body for freelancers, created and run by freelancers. It is an independent, ring-fenced entity which sits with the Frontline Club Charitable Trust. The register launched in 7 June 2013 with membership open to all freelance journalists working in conflict or foreign reporting. A commitment to the code of conduct is required.

ACOS Alliance is an unprecedented collaboration between news organizations, press freedoms NGOs and journalists. Our work brings these organisations together to promote the Freelance Journalist Safety Principles and develop projects that improve access to the resources needed to keep journalists safe.


We are committed to taking practical steps to improve the safety of freelance journalists in the field through increased collaboration between organizations, innovation to fix complex roadblocks to accessing safety resources, streamlining of current resources, and enhanced communication.