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ACOS safety events at the International Journalism Festival 2024

The ACOS Alliance will be at IJF24, from 18-20 April running a series of safety and well-being events for journalists and editors attending the festival:

Thursday 18 (PM), Friday 19 (All Day) and Saturday 20 April

Hotel La Rosetta

Safety clinics are an effective way for journalists and editors to access one to one advice and guidance on a specific story, topic or issue. Offered by world-leading safety experts at the Hotel La Rosetta, all topics are covered: from risk assessments and safety protocols to physical safety, legal preparedness, digital security and surveillance, online violence and psychological safety.

All consultations are 50 minutes, confidential and tailored to individual needs. Pre-booking is essential. Pre-festival registration is highly recommended.

Organised in partnership with Committee to Protect Journalists and Rory Peck Trust.

Safety and Security consultants from The New York Times, Reuters, Media Defence, IREX, PEN America, Cyrus R Vance Center for International Justice, Freedom of the Press Foundation, Silk Road Training and others.

Go to the IJF24 programme page to see the line up of consultants and to book.


09.20am, Thursday 18 April

Sala Raffaello, Hotel Brufani

This session provides a short guide to the fundamentals of good safety practice, and introduces journalists and editors to the practical safety sessions available at this year's festival, including the safety clinics.


12.00 - 12.50pm, Saturday 20 April

Sala della Vaccara, Palazzo dei Priori

We hear from the newsrooms who are putting the well-being and safety of their journalists front and centre and seeing the benefits. Editors from Bellingcat, CONFIDENTIAL and Texas Tribune reveal how policies and projects designed to support their editors and journalists have also resulted in better stories, award-winning journalism and more resilient organisations.

Moderated by Maria Salazar Ferro from The New York Times.


5.00 - 6.30pm, Saturday 20 April

Centro Servizi G. Alessi

This practical session to end the day presents tools to strengthen their psychological safety and build resilience. Guided by experiential techniques alongside useful tips for understanding and talking about emotional wellbeing, journalists and editors will learn evidence-based strategies for self-care when exposed to traumatic stress or graphic content, when experiencing situations of anxiety or burnout, or in preparation for a potentially emotionally difficult assignment.

Led by Juliana Ruhfus, Director, Dart Centre Europe & Lauren Walsh, Director, Gallatin Photojournalism Intensive, New York University.

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