With generous support from the James W. Foley Legacy Foundation, the Rory Peck Trust, and the ACOS Alliance, the Dart Center will be offering its annual four-day crisis zones reporting course to 16 freelance journalists at no cost.
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. Coding, encryption and cloud computing skills are taught.
- Emergency first aid: tourniquets, triage, fractures and bullet wounds.
- Trauma awareness: emotional self-care while covering troubling stories.
- Rape/sexual assault prevention: setting boundaries, delaying tactics, basic self-defense and healing.
Lead Instructor: Judith Matloff, adjunct faculty, Columbia Journalism School and former conflict correspondent with more than 20 years of experience. The course will be held October 18- 21, 2018, at the Columbia Journalism School in New York City.
- Participation is open to freelance journalists only.
- All program sessions are conducted in English. Participants must be fluent in spoken English.
- Sixteen freelance journalists from around the world will be admitted. All participants will be responsible for their travel, lodging, ground transportation and meals.