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Media contact for International Disaster Rescue Organization

I’m involved in an International Disaster and Crisis Response Organization. My main background is multimedia / Video & Stills and have worked worlwide as a private individual contributor.

I am also a qualified EMT within the Search and Rescue Team which deploys within 24 hours of disasters and crisis worldwide. The group is pending United Nations registraion, and is supported fully by a world wide luxury brand.

We’re interested in establishing contacts at News Agencies to feed them with images / video – being some of the first boots on the ground we will have exclusive access, and sought after video / pictures / reports. We are looking to establish the correct links, to provide the service and create a revenue stream as a result. The organisation is a not for profit.

We are also seeking to bring to the public, via credible news agencies, reports of global interest, in a responsible and timely manner. We are linking to academic institutions worldwide, to provide reseach and data to best inform and assist in the debate on best practice for disaster and crisis response.

The Director of the organisation is attached to the United Kingdom Cabinet Office as Project Director, Multi Agency Command Support, in the context of Major Incidents and Crisis – Disaster response.

I personally have no existing journalistic accreditation or contacts, with most my previous work being commercial marketing and NGO work.

Right now we’re looking at who to contact at which organizations (of course I’m aware of who the major news agencies are, however some direct initial contacts would be helpful), to establish a dialogue on further co-operation.

The orgisation will be offering:

> Dedicated (and perhaps a degree of exclusivity depending on the agreement) news reports, video and pictures direct from the field, often way before the arrival of other media, NGO and other official agencies. The organisation is willing to provide the feeds, and I am in charge of this aspect of the project moving forward. We will be providing live and also archival resources of great value.

> The potential to have some news / journalists from recognised news agencies, be trained alongside the organisations Search and Rescue operators, and so be able to embed and deploy live on missions, giving incredible access from the field.

Any advice, comments or contacts to approach would be appreciated.

by Roger Hyde at 2009-03-01 15:31:54 UTC (ed. Mar 1 2009 ) paris , France | Bookmark | | Report spam→

You have my dream job, good luck mate :)
Sounds like an awesome (ad)venture.

S.

by Shayne Robinson | 02 Mar 2009 12:03 | Johannesburg, South Africa | | Report spam→
in Guatemala you can contact CONRED they probably have a web page they are the emergency responds team for the country

by Martin Asturias | 04 Mar 2009 05:03 | guatemala city, Guatemala | | Report spam→
ps If you need camera work in the country I can also help you with that good luck it sound like a great thing

by Martin Asturias | 04 Mar 2009 05:03 | guatemala city, Guatemala | | Report spam→
Hi Roger
I’m working as a producer in a small agency in Jerusalem.
Our staff photographer is Yonathan Weitzman, a double World Press award winner.
What you are describing sounds very interesting…
I would love to be in touch with you.
Jacob
jacob4blue@gmail.com
www.bluepressagency.com

by Jacob Hertz | 04 Mar 2009 08:03 | Jerusalem, Israel | | Report spam→
Hi Roger,

I work for Demotix.com which would be extremely intersted in hearing more on what you are looking for. We are a news wire with partnerships with the international mainstream media and would be able to provide a revenue for the organisation. I am also studying in Disaster management at the moment, so we have a good understanding on how the process works around disasters and would love to get involved with the organisation.

cc@demotix.com
skyype: cherise.chadwick
www.demotix.com

by Cherise | 05 Mar 2009 10:03 | London, United Kingdom | | Report spam→

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Participants

Roger Hyde, photo, travel, security Roger Hyde
photo, travel, security
Plymouth , United Kingdom
Shayne Robinson, Photojournalist Shayne Robinson
Photojournalist
(Have passport - Will Travel)
Johannesburg , South Africa
Martin Asturias, videographer producer Martin Asturias
videographer producer
Atlanta Ga , United States
Jacob Hertz, Producer Jacob Hertz
Producer
Jerusalem , Israel
Cherise, Cherise
London , United Kingdom


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