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Crisis Zone reporting course at Columbia University

Reporting in Crisis Zones

This intensive program is aimed at preparing journalists, especially independent freelancers, 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.


When: November 11-13, 2011

Where: Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, 2950 Broadway, New York, NY 10027

Overview: Covering crisis presents some of the biggest challenges in the profession. The wrong move can kill someone, including yourself. Reporters must make quick decisions on whether to trust a translator or drive down a dangerous road. This course will show how to operate with caution in volatile situations, with an emphasis on conflicts. However the survival tips also relate to natural catastrophes like earthquakes. Most hostile environment training for journalists deals with ducking crossfire and kidnappers. Instead, we discuss 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 hold forth on the following areas:
1. Risk assessment: making the right call, setting limits, sound practices amid riots, snipers, mines, shooting, roadblocks, infiltrators and general mayhem
2. Trauma: emotional self-care on troubling stories
3. Cyber security: safeguarding sensitive communications and data. Codes, encryption and cloud computing
4. Emergency first aid: tourniquets, triage, fractures and bullet wounds
5. Rape/assault prevention, setting boundaries, delaying tactics, basic self-defense, healing
(This session will be held on Sunday Nov. 13 and will be open only to women participants who opt for the additional training and course fee.)

Lead Instructors: Judith Matloff, Adjunct Faculty, Columbia Journalism School & Bruce Shapiro, Executive Director, Dart Center for Trauma in Journalism

Pricing: $795 days 1 & 2 or $895 for entire program. 10% discount for Journalism School alumni.

Class Size: A maximum of 25 participants can register for this course.

Apply: To apply for this course, a prospective student must send a CV and brief summary of his/her professional experience (up to 400 words) to ce@jrn.columbia.edu with the subject line reading REPORTING IN CRISIS ZONES. Admission notification will be sent upon receipt of student materials.

Please Note: Columbia University reserves the right to cancel and/or reschedule a course based on enrollment figures. In the event of cancellation or postponement, the Continuing Education department will offer reimbursement for the course. In other cases, all sales are final. Continuing Education does not offer refunds, credits or exchanges. We apologize, but there are no exceptions to this rule.

Please direct all questions to ce@jrn.columbia.edu.

Keith Olsen
Program Administrator, Continuing Education
Columbia University Journalism School
2950 Broadway Room 2M07D
New York, NY 10027

To receive notifications about upcoming workshops and events, email ce@jrn.columbia.edu with “Digital media” in the subject line.

by teru kuwayama at 2011-09-14 02:17:37 UTC | Bookmark | | Report spam→

11 Nov 2011 00:11
A new, 3-day course at Columbia for journalists preparing to work in conflict/crisis situations. There’s clearly a void in the J-school curriculum for this kind of training, so it’s a welcome addition.

Instructors/trainers include journalists as well as medical/military professionals. I know Bruce Shapiro through the Dart Center/Ochberg fellowship, and he has a lot more experience in dealing with violence and trauma than your average academic.

Looks very worthwhile.

by teru kuwayama | 14 Sep 2011 02:09 | New York, United States | | Report spam→
Yet another reason I wish I was in NY

by Brian C Frank | 14 Sep 2011 19:09 | Des Moines, Iowa, United States | | Report spam→
Yet another reason why I wished I earned enoguh as a PJ to afford to get more training.

by Aaron J. Heiner | 21 Sep 2011 01:09 | New York, United States | | Report spam→

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