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VICE MEDIA LONDON HEFAT 

FREE SPOTS FOR FREELANCERS 

27 September 2021

VICE Media is offering freelance journalists a limited number of FREE spots on one of their upcoming 3-day Media Safety Training (or 'HEFAT') courses in London. The course takes place from 16-18 November. 

 

This in-person training covers essential safety aspects for field journalists including situational awareness, first aid, identity & gender dynamics, mental well-being and psychological preparedness, risk assessment & operational planning, digital security, authority management & de-escalation, protests/riots/hostile crowds, protective kit training, and legal risk & rights.

Deadline for applications is
Tuesday 2nd November.

"PROTECTING YOUR SOURCES" WEBINAR 
GLOBAL INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM CONFERENCE 2021, 1-5 NOV

7 October 2021

 

For the first time, the Alliance is collaborating with the Global Investigative Journalism Network to bring a safety workshop to their annual conference. 

Protecting Your Sources will explore the safety practices, tips and tools that investigative journalists can use to secure their communications and protect the confidentiality of their sources. It will address the areas where journalists and sources are potentially the most vulnerable and will encourage journalists to embed source protection into their everyday safety practices and story production.

 

Led by Harlo Holmes, Chief Information Security Officer, Freedom of the Press Foundation, Jason Reich, VP of Corporate Security, The New York Times. Moderated by Elisabet Cantenys, Executive Director, ACOS Alliance

 

The workshop takes place on Wednesday 3 November at 8am ET | 1pm GMT. Dur: 75 mins. 

ACOS WORKSHOPS @ ARIJ 2021
7 October 2021

 

The ACOS Alliance is once again working with the Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism (ARIJ) to bring two workshops to its pre-forum programme in October - one for editors and one for journalists:


Editors Safety Protocols
Monday 25 October @ 18.00 Amman Time (+2 hrs BST)

Delivered by Jason Reich of The New York Times this 2 hour workshop is for editors commissioning any assignment that involves risk. It will cover the key elements needed for creating a robust set of safety protocols to help editors avoid and carefully manage security threats, looking at 'easy wins' and useful open source resources. 
 

 

 

"Legal Challenges Facing Freelance Journalists"

Thursday 28 October @ 18.00hrs Amman Time (+2hrs BST)
Delivered by Alexander Papachristu of the Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice, this workshop will cover the legal issues facing freelance journalists, photographers and videographers working in challenging environments. It will look at contract negotiation and will also explore the experiences and views of participants regarding access to official information, protection of sources, official restrictions on reporting and publishing and the risks of legal actions for defamation and invasion of privacy. 

ACOS SUPPORTS THE ESSENTIALS 
27 September 2021

 

This October, the ACOS Alliance is supporting Season 2 of The Essentials, a series of five online classes presented by The Everyday Projects + Black Women Photographers for emerging and experienced editorial photographers. Topics include finding your creative voice and working successfully with editors.

 

ACOS will be bringing two safety workshops to the series: "Managing Risk, Safety and Trauma as a Journalist" led by Alison Baskerville and and Tara Pixley, takes place on 13 October, and "Demystifying Digital Security: Practical Guidance for Journalists" led by Ela Stapley is on 20 October.

 

The series begins on 6 October. All classes are free to register and last 75-90 minutes.  

ONLINE SAFETY TRAINING COURSE

FOR MENA-BASED JOURNALISTS 
25 August 2021 

 

The ACOS Alliance is working in partnership with the Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism (ARIJ), Frontline Freelance Register (FFR), Gulf Center for Human Rights (GCHR), Maharat FoundationMarie Colvin Journalists' Network (MCJN) and SKeyes Center for Media and Cultural Freedom to offer FREE access to a safety training course provided online by media safety trainers at Silk Road Training.
 

The course is designed to help journalists exposed to safety challenges become better prepared and offers a combination of structured and self-paced learning.  Modules include First Aid, Civil Unrest and Terrorism, Personal Security, Travel Safety and Frontline Conflict Safety.  The course will also address legal and psychosocial safety.

Selected participants will have access to the course over a period of 30 days, from October 18th to November 17th which includes a series of five live webinars.

 

The registration deadline has been extended to Thursday 16 September. 

ACOS ALLIANCE SIGNATORIES CALL ON G7 TO PROTECT AND EVACUATE JOURNALISTS AND MEDIA WORKERS IN AFGHANISTAN
24 August 2021 

 

As G7 leaders gather for an emergency virtual summit to address the deteriorating situation in Afghanistan, the ACOS Alliance joined more than 50 civil society and media organizations - many of them ACOS signatories - calling on immediate action to guarantee safe harbour to Afghan journalists and media workers.

 

Read the full letter and recommendations.

INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISTS

NEW RESOURCE CENTRE 
24 August 2021 

 

The Global Investigative Journalism Network has launched a new Advisory Services for Watchdog Media which includes a capacity building Resource Center, and a global Helpdesk.

ACOS Alliance has joined the service as its 
Safety and Security partner in recognition of the dangers that investigative journalists face. Our partnership will help investigative journalists better access safety and security advice and training.

PHOTOVILLE FESTIVAL 
FREELANCE PHOTOJOURNALST SAFETY CLINICS   

August 2021 

 

Once again ACOS Alliance is partnering with PhotovilleCommittee to Protect Journalists and Frontline Freelance Register to bring the very popular Freelance Photojournalist Safety Clinics to this year’s festival, with invaluable support from Leica Camera.

If you are a freelance photojournalist or documentary photographer anywhere in the world in need of expert, one-to-one advice on risk assessment, digital security or trauma management, you can sign up for one of Photoville’s FREE virtual safety clinics running on September 29, 30, and October 1.

Security advisors from organisations including BuzzFeed, The New York Times, TIME, VICE Media, Reuters and CPJ will provide participants with individual guidance related to current and future projects.

Deadline for applications is Thursday 9 September. 

WOMEN PHOTOGRAPH 
ANNUAL WORKSHOP SAFETY SESSION  

August 2021 

 

For the fifth year ACOS is collaborating with Women Photograph and ROAAAR to deliver a two hour safety session as part Women Photograph's annual virtual four day Workshop which takes place from 18-21 August. Registration is open to all women and non-binary photographers anywhere! 

 

Deadline for applications is Monday 14 June. 

JOURNALISTS IN SOUTH AFRICA
ONLINE SAFETY TRAINING 

July 2021 

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ACOS Alliance has teamed up with the World Association of News Publishers, its Media Freedom Committee and the South African National Editors Forum to offer freelance and local journalists based in South Africa free access to a tailored three week online safety training course produced by Key Objectives.  

 

Deadline for applications is Saturday 7 August, 2021.  

VICE MEDIA HEFAT TRAINING:
OPPORTUNITIES FOR US-BASED FREELANCERS 

June 2021 

 

The New York Times is offering a limited number of FREE spots for US based freelance journalists to attend one of two upcoming 4-day in-house safety training courses taking place in Brooklyn, New York City on 23 - 26 June and 28 June - 1 July.  The course is designed to help journalists more safely pursue aggressive, adversarial reporting and operate in higher-risk environments.   

 

Deadline for applications is Monday 14 June. 

NEW YORK TIMES SAFETY TRAINING:
OPPORTUNITIES FOR US-BASED FREELANCERS 

June 2021 

 

The New York Times is offering a limited number of FREE spots for US based freelance journalists to attend one of two upcoming 4-day in-house safety training courses taking place in Brooklyn, New York City on 23 - 26 June and 28 June - 1 July.  The course is designed to help journalists more safely pursue aggressive, adversarial reporting and operate in higher-risk environments.   

 

Deadline for applications is Monday 14 June. 

JUNE SAFETY SURGERIES:
FOR EUROPE-BASED FREELANCERS 

April 2021

 

As part of its online conference in June: Reporting on Global Issues: The Power of Freelancers to Make a Difference, the Freelance Journalism Assembly, together with ACOS, Frontline Freelance Register and the Rory Peck Trust, are offering free safety clinics for freelance journalists, filmmakers and visual journalists. 


These clinics are an opportunity for European based freelance journalists to receive free private, tailored, safety advice from industry-leading security experts on specific situations.

 

These 45 minute one-on-one sessions:
 

  • Are free-of-charge.

  • Hosted by world-leading security advisors.

  • Cover physical safety, digital security and online safety, as well as psychological support and legal advice.


There are 40 spots available for these private sessions which will take place online between 9th and 15th June 2021.

Deadline for applications is
Friday 14th May 2021. 

 

ONLINE SAFETY TRAINING COURSE
FOR JOURNALISTS IN BOTSWANA, UGANDA + ZAMBIA
March 2021

 

WAN-IFRA and the ACOS Alliance are offering 60 bursaries to journalists, including freelancers, based in Botswana, Uganda and Zambia. The bursaries will provide 24-day access to an online safety training course produced by Key Objectives in association with WAN-IFRA's Media Freedom Committee (MFC).


Each course will will cover essential safety topics, from planning and preparation, to working in challenging environments and protests, and will include cyber security and first aid. 

 

All three courses will be country specific and relevant to the safety challenges that journalists are currently facing locally, thanks to the involvement of local MFC's. There are 20 bursaries available for journalists in each country. 

Training will combine a series of self-paced modules with video presentations, written content and quizzes, plus three live webinars which can be taken at any time during the access period. The dates of the webinars will be confirmed to each selected participant prior to the start of the course. 

Access to each course will be open for three weeks from 23 April to 16 May.

Application and further information via the following: 

 


DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: SUNDAY 11 APRIL 2021

VICE MEDIA ONLINE SAFETY WORKSHOPS 
February 2021
 

VICE Media, in partnership with ACOS and the Overseas Press Club, is offering 3 x 90 minute online safety workshops to freelance journalists, including visual journalists, on the following dates:

Digital Security: Tuesday 2 March @ 10am ET
Physical Safety & Civil Unrest: Thursday 4 March @ 10am ET
Self-Care: Tuesday 9 March @ 10am ET

These workshops are FREE, but capacity is limited so early application is encouraged. Priority will be given to freelancers who are able to commit to all three workshops and to those who are at risk because of their work. Participants can attend from any time zone.

The deadline for applications is Thursday 18 February.

ACOS VIRTUAL SAFETY COORDINATION MEETING 2020
7th -9th December 2020

This years' Safety Coordination Meeting brought together more than 150 press freedom NGOs, news organizations, safety trainers and freelance journalists across three days of dialogue and knowledge sharing.

 

The meetings allowed ACOS partners and signatories to report back from 2020 activities and lesson learned and define priorities and needs for 2021, with a focus on safety training and initiatives, and coordination.

 

On Wednesday 9th,Navigating the New Safety Landscapeoffered a public discussion with freelancers and editors about how they had responded and adapted to the new safety challenges of 2020, and their recommendations for 2021. Moderated by David Rohde of the New Yorker, the webinar featured freelance photojournalist Vanessa Charlot; Beth Flynn, Deputy Picture Editor at The New York Times; Guillermo Galdós, freelance filmmaker and Latin America Correspondent for Channel 4 News; and Mike Shum, Freelance Journalist and Filmmaker. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ACOS AT IJNET WEBINAR:
'SAFETY IN 2020 AND BEYOND'

17th November 2020 

The ACOS Alliance Executive Director, Elisabet Cantenys, participated in a panel organized by Alliance signatories IJNet and HackPack, along with US based freelance photographer Chris Monterrosa and Kashmir based freelance journalist Aliya Bashir, both previous beneficiaries of ACOS Alliance safety training courses. Safety in 2020 and Beyond focused on freelance journalists safety issues and highlighted practical resources available to freelancers. 

ARIJ FORUM 2020
SAFETY CLINICS, EDITORS WORKSHOP + CONTRACTS' WEBINAR 

15th November - 5th December 2020 

The ARIJ Forum moved to a digital format this year and the ACOS Alliance took part in the program through three activities focused on safety.

 

The Alliance partnered with ARIJ, Frontline Freelance Register (FFR) and Rory Peck Trust to offer three days of one-to-one safety clinics on physical and psychosocial safety aspects for freelance journalists based in the MENA region. 

Together with SKeyes Center for Media and Cultural Freedom we offered the webinar 'Contracts are a safety issue too!' with Alex Papachristou, Executive Director, Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice; Sarah Giaziri, Director, FFR; and Elisabet Cantenys, Executive Director, ACOS Alliance. The webinar marked the launch of the Arabic version of the Model Contract Resource

The Alliance also offered a two hour safety workshop for MENA based editors and news managers, lead by Sally Fitton, High Risk Advisor for BBC High Risk Team and Jason Reich, Vice President of Corporate Security for The New York Times, both ACOS Alliance board members.   

ONLINE SAFETY TRAINING FOR MENA-BASED JOURNALISTS 

13th October 2020 
 

The ACOS Alliance along with four of its signatory organisations Frontline Freelance Register, Gulf Center for Human RightsMarie Colvin Journalists' Network, and SKeyes Center for Media and Cultural Freedom are working in partnership to offer 50 journalists based in the Middle East FREE access to a safety training course provided online by experienced media safety trainers at Silk Road Training.

 

In line with the ACOS Principles, this training course is designed to help journalists exposed to safety challenges in their work to become better prepared through a combination of structured and self paced learning. Selected participants will be able to access Silk Road’s platform over a period of 30 days, from Monday 16 November to Tuesday 15 December 2020. 

 

Participants will engage with online study using video, interactive presentations, quizzes and course downloads. Each participant with have access to modules covering: Trauma First Aid, Civil Unrest and Terrorism, Personal Security and Travel Safety (including digital security and gender security considerations) and Frontline Conflict Safety.

 

The course also includes a series of five live webinars that will include interactive scenarios covering life saving first aid, civil unrest, frontline conflict safety and digital security. On completion, each participant will receive a certificate.

 

To apply, submit our application form (in English or Arabic) by Friday 30 October.  Places are limited so early application is recommended. 

The course is available in English and Arabic.

 

EDITORS SAFETY WORKSHOP 
IPI World Congress 2020

1 October 

ACOS will be running an Editors Safety Workshop on Thursday 8th October at 3.30pm CET as part of the IPI World Congress 2020. Participants will learn cost-effective strategies, tips and tools to help them improve their safety practices within the newsroom and among the freelancers they commission. Led by The New York Times' Jason Reich and BBC's Sally Fitton, special attention will be paid to COVID-19 and covering protests. 

 

The workshop is aimed at editors and news managers who commission stories, films and/or photography and who have direct responsibility for the safety of those they are working with. All participating editors will have the opportunity to nominate two journalists for a virtual safety training course with Silk Road Training, one of whom must be a freelancer.  Spaces are limited and early booking recommended.
 

Register for the Congress | Email to secure your spot. 

PHOTOVILLE FESTIVAL 2020
Freelance Safety Clinics & Self-care Workshop 

25-27 September

As a Major Community Partner of this year's Photoville festival, ACOS co-hosted two days of virtual Freelance Safety Clinics with signatories Committee to Protect Journalists and Frontline Freelance Register.  Eleven leading safety experts were on hand for two days giving free virtual one-to-one tailored advice to freelance photographers in 45 minute sessions. 

Participants also had access to a
Trauma Resilience and Self-Care workshop led by the Dart Center's Gavin Rees and Al-Jazeera correspondent Juliana Ruhfus.

FREELANCE JOURNALISM ASSEMBLY
Safety Track Webinars

22 + 30 September + 8 October  
 

September kicked off a series of safety events organised in partnership with the Freelance Journalism Assembly, Frontline Freelance Register, HP Risk Management and Rory Peck Trust. 

Freelancers based in Europe can sign up for forthcoming sessions on Digital Security led by expert Ela Stapley on 30th September and Contract Negotiation & Insurance led by freelance journalist Anna-Therese Day on 8th October.  Both events take place at 11am CET. The Freelance Journalism Assembly is a project of the European Journalism Centre.  

Freelancers based in Europe can sign up here.

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ACOS SUPPORTS WOMEN PHOTOGRAPH VIRTUAL WORKSHOP 2020

6 September 2020

Once again we're delighted to partner with Women Photograph's annual 5 day workshop and organize sessions dedicated to safety and trauma management. The training will take place on Wednesday 28th October with two slots, including break out sessions, available for applicants in the morning or afternoon. Others workshop events will include sessions on grant writing, bookmaking and contract negotiation, as well as meet ups and community building. 

Women Photograph was launched in 2017 to elevate the voices of women and non-binary visual journalists. Their projects include project bursaries and mentor programs. 

This year's workshop takes place on 17th-21st October. Free registration is open until 15th September 2020.  More information and apply on Women Photograph website. 

 

 

EDITORS LEADING RESILIENCE 

New ACOS Resource

4 August 2020

 

How can editors and news managers support the psychological safety of all the journalists they work with? Our latest safety resource is here to help. 

 

Leading Resilience: A Guide for Editors and News Managers is a trauma safety toolkit designed specifically for newsrooms working with freelancers. It contains practical information, tips and guidance to help editors assess trauma exposure among journalist colleagues and contributors and shows them how to plan the necessary action and support. 

The guide is divided into five key sections: Understanding Trauma and Journalism, including signs of trauma exposure and risk factors; Trauma and the Freelancer, which looks at issues that may increase the likelihood of on-going trauma exposure among freelancers; step-by-step guidance on how to provide Trauma Support before, during and after an assignment; trauma Myth-Busting and Self-Care for managers. The guide’s appendix includes Dart’s psychological health and well-being risk assessment and helpful tip sheets. 

          

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SOUTHEAST ASIA ONLINE SAFETY TRAINING OPPORTUNITY

3 August 2020

The Alliance has joined forces with ACOS signatory WAN-IFRA to offer 20 free online safety training spots for freelance journalists based in Southeast Asia. The bursaries will give successful applicants  access to an online pilot course produced by Key Objectives

The course runs for three weeks, from Monday 14, September 14th to Friday 2, October, 2020 and covers essential safety topics, from planning and preparation, to covering natural disasters and protests. It also includes training in cyber security and first aid. The course combines a series of self-paced modules with video presentations, written content and quizzes, and three live webinars. Selected participants will be able to revisit each module as many times as needed over the period of three weeks. 


Apply here by Friday 28th August.

CIVIL UNREST ONLINE SAFETY TRAINING

15 June 2020

The ACOS Alliance offers 50 bursaries to freelance journalists currently covering the protests in the US to access an online safety training course produced by Silk Road Training. We understand the urgency for this training to be made available as soon as possible and we’ll be granting bursaries on a first come basis, providing that applicants are eligible for this course. We’ll be processing applications as these are being submitted and will respond to all applicants as soon as possible. Selected participants will have access to the course in less than 24 hours after being accepted.

Participants must meet the following requirements:

  • Secure access to a laptop, computer or tablet; and a good internet connection. Participants should be able to log in to Silk Road's training platform using a unique password, play videos, download materials, and connect to live webinars (camera and headphones or speakers needed).

  • Be a freelance journalist covering the protests in the US.

  • Priority will be given to those who have not completed a safety training course before, however the course is open to freelancers in need of a refresher.

  • Complete the course in full. The ACOS Alliance and Silk Road are keen to evaluate the impact and performance of this course, and participants are expected to provide comprehensive feedback.

 

For more information and to apply, access this form.  

WEBINAR: HOW CAN FREELANCERS ADAPT TO THE COVID-19 CRISIS?

June 2020

 

This webinar explores the opportunities and challenges for freelance journalists in the age of COVID-19. Freelancers Zoe Flood and Melissa Noel join BBC's Africa Eye Managing Editor Marc Perkins to discuss ways in which freelancers can adapt and innovate in the new journalism landscape. The panel was organized by the International Center for Journalists, the International Women’s Media Foundation, ACOS Alliance, the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma and the Frontline Freelance Register. Watch here

BURSARIES AVAILABLE FOR ONLINE SAFETY TRAINING COURSE

May 2020

 

The Alliance offers bursaries for 16 freelance journalists to access an online safety training course produced by Silk Road. Starting on June 1, 2020 selected participants will have free access for 30 days to five online modules covering different thematic areas relevant to working in a hostile environment. The course includes video presentations, interactive presentations, quizzes, 360 degree films and a series of live webinars.
 

Participants must meet the following requirements:

  • Secure access to a laptop, computer or tablet; and a good internet connection. Participants should be able to log in to Silk Road's training platform using a unique password, play videos, download materials, and connect to live webinars (camera and headphones or speakers needed).

  • Participants don't need a virtual reality headset. If you have access to one, it will enhance your 360 degree film experience, but this is not a requirement.

  • Be proficient in English. The course content is currently only available in this language.

  • Priority will be given to freelance journalists working in hostile environments. The course is open to freelancers in need of a refresher

To apply, please complete this form.

'WHY WE CREATED A TOOLKIT FOR FREELANCE JOURNALISTS:

TO NEGOTIATE TERMS THAT KEEP THEM SAFE'

by Andréa Schmidt and Anna Therese Day

April 2020

In this article, ACOS Board members Andréa Schmidt and Anna Therese Day explain the relevance of contracts in making media organizations more accountable, and how the resource they have helped to develop may support freelancers decipher the legalese, propose more favourable terms and negotiate safer, more professional working agreements.

NEWSLETTER: COVID-19

April 2020

The ACOS Alliance has produced a Newsletter with a selection of new resources covering safety advice and funding opportunities, most of them offered by ACOS signatories. There is an overwhelming number of COVID-19 online resources aimed at supporting professional reporting which can be challenging to navigate. Try not to get lost by staying with what's relevant to you and comes from an authoritative source. 

Access the Newsletter here.
 

VICE MEDIA OPENS THEIR SAFETY TRAINING TO FREELANCERS

Posted February 2020

POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19   

VICE Media offers a limited number of FREE spots for freelance journalists to participate in their two upcoming in-house safety training courses in London, UK. These are two separate courses.

Course 1: Tuesday, March 31st - Wednesday, April 1st, 2020.
Basic. Appropriate for any level of experience or refresher if it was never put in use in the field.
For freelancers exposed to moderate risk assignments, no previous HEFAT needed. It will not concentrate on some of the higher frontline content, but instead team and gender dynamics, emotional wellbeing, security around petty crime, de-escalation, crowds/riots, active assailants and first aid.

Course 2: Thursday, April 2nd - Friday, April 3rd, 2020.
Advanced. For freelancers working in high risk assignments, must have previous field or HEFAT experience. Refresher.

 

Complete this form by Thursday, March 12, 2020. Participants are expected to make their own travel and accommodation arrangements and cover their own expenses. The ACOS Alliance may support travel costs to a limited number of selected freelance participants.

 

OPC BULLETIN FEATURES THE ACOS ALLIANCE

December 2019

The Overseas Press Club (OPC) in New York features in their November-December Bulletin five articles highlighting the work of the ACOS Alliance. The bulletin runs a front page piece profiling the ACOS Alliance and dedicates separate reviews to the work the Alliance is leading on insurance and editors' safety training. In 2019, the OPC has supported Hostile Environment and First Aid training courses in Nairobi and Beirut with money raised at their last year’s Annual Awards Dinner. The OPC Foundation serves as the sponsor for ACOS.

ACOS ALLIANCE 5th ANNUAL SAFETY COORDINATION MEETING

December 2019

On December 10, the ACOS 5th Annual Safety Coordination Meeting proved again its growing convening power with more than 90 representatives from news organizations, non-profits and freelancers engaged in advancing a culture of safety across our community. This day-long series of workshops and discussions continue to focus on coordination and safety training, paying particular emphasis on concrete practical initiatives. The Alliance presented resources it has developed as a result of the discussions held at last year's annual meeting: insurance, contracts, news organizations safety self-assessments and the industry standards for safety training initiative.

 

The Alliance ran a parallel editor's safety workshop to help editors and managers to deal with online harassment and digital security. The workshop was lead by Harlo Holmes, Director of Digital Security, Freedom of the Press Foundation;  Jason Reich, Vice President of Corporate Security, The New York Times; Eliot Stempf, Security Adviser, BuzzFeed; and Viktorya Vilk, Manager Special Projects, Free Expression Programs at PEN America, and counted with more than 20 participants.

The Alliance Trauma Working group held a separate meeting. In partnership with CPJ and the Dart center, this meeting has facilitated transfer of knowledge between key stakeholders, and define priorities and concrete practical initiatives dedicated to address trauma needs taking a collaborative approach.

EDITORS' SAFETY WORKSHOP IN NEW YORK

Posted November 2019

The Alliance offers a safety workshop focused on digital security and online harassment dedicated to editors and news managers on Tuesday 10th December, in New York.

 

While not a new threat, online harassment continues to have dangerous impact on how reporters can safely and reliably perform their work, especially as newsrooms head into the 2020 election cycle. Please join us for an intensive workshop for editors to learn new strategies to meet this particular attack against members of the press head-on. Topics include how to identify the skills and resources needed in order to prepare the newsroom in advance of any specific threats; how to leverage an IT department for effective rapid response in case of an attack; and how to craft helpful, future-proof policies within the newsroom to take into account ever-shifting technologies, adversarial tactics, and the role of social media platforms. Our emphasis remains on how editors can better support the freelancers they work with.

 

The workshop is led by Harlo Holmes, Director of Digital Security, Freedom of the Press Foundation;  Jason Reich, Vice President of Corporate Security, The New York Times; Eliot Stempf, Security Adviser, BuzzFeed; and Viktorya Vilk, Manager Special Projects, Free Expression Programs at PEN America.

 

Limited spaces. By invitation only.
If interested, email: elisabet@acosalliance.org.

BURSARIES AVAILABLE FOR HEFAT COURSE IN NAIROBI

October 2019

The ACOS Alliance has partnered with the Foreign Correspondents' Association of East Africa (FCAEA) to offer bursaries for freelance and local journalists based in East Africa to participate in a 4-day Hostile Environment and First Aid Training (HEFAT) course in Nairobi. The course will run from from Saturday 30, November to Tuesday 3, December (both included). The bursaries will cover training fees for a maximum of 16 participants to attend. Selected participants are expected to cover other relevant costs, like travel to and from the training venue in Westlands, or accommodation if coming from abroad. ACOS has a limited number of travel grants available for those based outside Kenya. The course will be delivered by SEPAR International.

 

To apply, please complete this form by Thursday 31, October. 

 

We are also opening this opportunity to news organizations interested in supporting their local stringers and reporters. We are making available a limited number of places for news organizations to cover the training fees at a reduced rate.

If you are an interested news organization, email elisabet@acosalliance.org

SAFETY WORKSHOP FOR FEMALE PHOTOJOURNALISTS IN LATIN AMERICA

September 2019


In partnership with WP and Riesgo Cruzado, the ACOS Alliance offers a one-day safety workshop dedicated to women and non-binary photojournalists in Latin America. The workshop is part of a four day program that includes skills-building sessions and portfolio reviews, taking place in Quito, Ecuador this December.
Apply here.

ACOS ALLIANCE AT THE GLOBAL INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM CONFERENCE

September 2019


The ACOS Alliance has participated at the Global Investigative Journalism Conference (GIJC) this September 26-29 in Hamburg. The Alliance Executive Director, Elisabet Cantenys, moderated two sessions dedicated to journalism safety.  'Planning for Safety' provided practical advice for editors and news managers to improve their safety provisions and create a smart and flexible strategy that can be applied to both individual reporters and broader groups of journalists. The session counted with leading managers and advisers: Reg Chua, Chief Operating Officer at Reuters News; Jason Reich, Vice president of corporate security at The New York Times; Glenda Gloria Managing Editor at Rappler; and Harlo Holmes, Director of Newsroom Digital Security at Freedom of the Press Foundation. 'Journalists Under Fire: Strategies and Resources' provided a very informative session about practical support available to journalists in crisis. Octavio Enríquez, editor del diario La Prensa y editor residente de Connectas; Maris Salazar Ferro; Emergencies Director at CPJ; and Catherine Monnet, Deputy Editor in Chief, Reporters sans frontières (RSF) were the speakers for this session. 

OPPORTUNITY: BURSARIES AVAILABLE FOR HEFAT COURSES IN BEIRUT

Posted September 2019

 

The ACOS Alliance along with Frontline Freelance Register, Gulf Center for Human Rights, International Women Media Foundation, Marie Colvin Journalists' Network, Rory Peck Trust, SKeyes Center for Media and Cultural Freedom and VICE Media are working in partnership to offer bursaries for two consecutive and separate safety training courses in Beirut:

VICE Media three-day HEFAT, running from Monday 25 to Wednesday 27 November 2019. VICE Media offers free spots to freelance and local journalists to participate in their in-house safety training. Selected applicants will participate in their course together with staff reporters based in the region. Freelance journalists in need of a refresher course (who have completed a HEFAT course in the last three years) are welcome to apply to this course.

Five-day HEFAT, running from Thursday 28 November to Monday 2 December 2019. This course will dedicate a full day to digital security. Course available to both English and Arabic speakers. 

These are two separate courses. Course fees and accommodation are covered. A limited number of travel grants are available to eligible applicants based in the region. To apply, please complete this form by Friday 20 September 2019.

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