NEW YORK CITY | At Columbia University, an intensive three-day program aimed at preparing journalists 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.
The 4-day program takes place Oct. 29 to Nov. 1 2015 at Columbia Journalism School (2950 Broadway New York, NY 10027).
Covering crisis presents some of the biggest challenges in the journalism profession. Reporters must make quick decisions on whether to trust a translator or drive down a dangerous road. This course will teach you how to operate with caution in volatile situations, with an emphasis on conflicts.
Training is also relevant to working in natural disaster situations such as earthquakes, hurricanes and tsunamis. While most hostile environment training for journalists deals with ducking crossfire and kidnappers, this course teaches how to avoid unnecessary peril, with careful preparations before, during and after assignments. Participants will emerge with a better understanding of how to hire fixers, shun attackers or protect computers.
Specialists will provide instruction in the following areas:
Risk assessment: making the right call, setting limits, sound practices amid riots, snipers, mines, shooting, roadblocks, infiltrators and general mayhem
Trauma: emotional self-care on troubling stories
Cyber security: safeguarding sensitive communications and data. Codes, encryption and cloud
Emergency first aid: tourniquets, triage, fractures and bullet wounds
Rape/assault prevention, setting boundaries, delaying tactics, basic self-defense, healing.
Please email any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.