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Frontline Freelance Register

ACTIVITIES

The Frontline Freelance Register is a representative body for working international freelance journalists who take physical risks in their work.

 

- Ability to provide representation for freelance voices in these conversations.

- Leading on training standards guidelines.

- Agile on-the-ground view and understanding of how things could be better directed to freelancers.

RESOURCES

- Safety Principles and Practices: basic guidelines for freelancers working on dangerous missions, and for news organizations on assigning dangerous missions.

 

- Forthcoming "Best Practice" set of guidelines.

 

- Communications Plan: Template at https://rorypecktrust.org/getmedia/7708fd28-36fa-496e-8738-5ad897fcb48a/Pitching-Template.pdf.aspx

 

- Insurances: Personal Accidents, equipment, and medial insurances (Consulting the sections of Rory Pesk Trust and Committee to Protect Journalists)

+ Williamson Carson Insurance Brokers (UK). Example: www.williamsoncarson.co.uk

 

- Risk Assessment:

+ Template: https://rorypecktrust.org/resources/safety-and-security/risk-assessment

+ Video Tutorial: http://www.frontlineclub.com/safetystream-for-freelancers/

 

- Training:

+ Free First Aid Course

+ Hostile Environment Training: 1st Option High Risk - London UK, W1T 3PH

Tel: 0845 5008484; Email: HighRisk@1stoptionsafety.com

+ AKE - Hereford UK; HR1 2PL 

Tel: +44 1432 267111; Email: services@ake.com

+ Global Journalist Security - Washington, DC 20015; USA 

Tel: +1 202 352 1736; Email: gjs@journalistsecurity.net

+ Pilgrims Group - Woking, Surrey, GU21 5EU, UK 

Tel: +44 1483 228 778; Email: sales@pilgrimsgroup.com

Courses can be delivered in the UK and in New York in the US.

+ Remote Trauma - Kingston Upon Thames, KT1 2JW, UK 

Tel: 0844 800 9158; Email: admin@remotetrauma.com

+ TYR - Hereford HR4 8NU, UK 

Tel: +44 20 3239 5257; Email: info@tyr-solutions.com

Courses can also be run in the US or Czech Republic.

+ Reporters Without Borders course.

+ These courses are expensive: please consult the Assistance Grant part in the Rory Peck Trust section.

+ More information:

https://cpj.org/blog/2012/04/for-conflict-journalists-a-need-for-first-aid-trai.php

http://en.rsf.org/journalists-in-conflict-zones-22-04-2013,44418.html

 

- Personal Protective Equipment:

+ Consult the Reporters Without Borders section for information on leasing bulletproof jackets, helmets and personal distress beacons.

+  Discount for FFR members: there's a Vestguard discount for all FFR members (30% off items in the press category).

 

- Digital Security:

+ Identifying risks and performing an assessment of potential threats:

https://rorypecktrust.org/resources/digital-security/digital-risk-assessment

https://ssd.eff.org/en/playlist/journalist-move#introduction-threat-modeling

- Maintain your equipment: Guideline on https://securityinabox.org/

- Censorship and VPNs: Using a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to circumvent online censorship. List of reliable anonymous VPNs - http://torrentfreak.com/which-vpn-services-take-your-anonymity-seriously-2014-edition-140315/

 

- Getting Paid

+ Who pays how much:

Photographs

Content

Various

+ Ensure proper invoice and encourage timely payment:

Template at: http://www.goingfreelance.com/a-free-invoice-template-for-freelancers/

Tips at: https://www.journalism.co.uk/news-freelance/how-to-get-paid-on-time/s12/a51656/

+ Additional grants:

https://ijnet.org/opportunities

http://www.poynter.org/news/job-news/192714/5-ways-to-get-a-grant-that-will-boost-your-journalism-career/

http://www.journalismfund.eu/other-journalism-grants

http://gijn.org/resources/grants-and-fellowships/

 

- Planning for Specific Physical Risks:

INSI's ballistic expert: info@newssafety.org

OTHER INFORMATION

Risk Assessment

+ For UK student freelancers: obtain a National Union of Journalists Student Press Card by joining the union as a student member, fee: £25 GBP at http://www.nujtraining.org.uk/studentreg.phtml (New Castle University Risk Assessment Policy Handbook for Student)

 

- Risk Assessment

http://media.ncl.ac.uk/dl/COM-RiskHandbook.pdf

http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/mundo/pdf/safety-journalism_safety_guide_second_edition-v1.pdf

http://www.frontlineclub.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/Safety-Report_WEB.pdf

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

http://www.state.gov/travel/

 

- PPE

http://www.jackellis.co.uk/

http://www.semaworld.com/

http://www.vestguard.co.uk/kits/press-media-body-armour-packs/

http://stabproofvest.co.uk/html/press.html

http://www.globalarmour.co.uk/index.php/body-armour?id=37

http://www.bulletproofme.com/

 

- Digital Security

https://rorypecktrust.org/resources/digital-security

http://www.frontlinedefenders.org/digital-security

http://www.pen-international.org/digital-security-for-writers-and-human-rights-defenders/

 

- Planning for Specific Physical Risks:

http://video.skeyesmedia.org/

http://www.newssafety.org/safety/advice/covering-demonstrations-and-civil-disorder/

http://www.newssafety.org/safety/advice/protecting-yourself-from-tear-gas/

http://www.newssafety.org/safety/advice/covering-natural-disasters/

http://www.newssafety.org/safety/advice/working-around-weapons/

http://thephotobrigade.com/2014/06/in-my-bag-egypt-edition-by-amanda-mustard/

 

- Psychological Health:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/academy/journalism/safety

http://dartcenter.org/gateway/journalists

http://www.istss.org/Online_Trauma_Training.htm

http://www.newssafety.org/latest/insi-news/insi-news/detail/ptsd-podcast-1514/