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#Tip: Watch this quick video on riot safety for journalists

March 24th, 2014 | No Comments | Posted by in Top tips for journalists

Kiev, Caracas, Istanbul… London? It is difficult to predict when or how a protest may turn into a riot, so the best policy is to be prepared for anything.

The BBC runs public order awareness courses through its College of Journalism, and in this video Mal Geer, who runs the course, explains some of the basics between hurling abuse and tennis balls at trainees. Still, it is better to practice dodging tennis balls with a camera on your shoulder than figuring out the best plan of action when it’s a brick.

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#Tip of the day from – digital security advice for reporters

August 28th, 2012 | No Comments | Posted by in Top tips for journalists

On the website for the Knowledge Bridge project, former Guardian and BBC journalist and editor Kevin Anderson outlines several tips for journalists on keeping their digital activities secure, such as on email, social media or browsers.

Anderson joined Media Development Loan Fund (MDLF) earlier this year and works on the Knowledge Bridge project which aims to help news organisations to “make the digital transition”.

His “common sense” tips also include advice on how to keep your mobile phone safe.

See the post here.

Tipster: Rachel McAthy

If you have a tip you would like to submit to us at email us using this link.

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Take part in Frontline Club survey on freelance safety

February 23rd, 2012 | No Comments | Posted by in Freelance, Journalism

The founder of the Frontline Club, Vaughan Smith, is asking freelance journalists around the world to take part in a survey about the physical risks of their work.

The survey is aimed at freelance camera operators, video journalists, photographers, stringers and other independents anywhere in the world.

Smith says:

I believe that there is an opportunity, post embed-free Libya, for a practitioner-led initiative to move the industry forward on news safety.

In April this year the Frontline Club will host workshops, bringing management, practitioners and freelances together to discuss the issues.

It is my view that freelance interests have suffered in the past for lack of representation. Opinions on these matters outside the mainstream are broad and no freelance can confidently speak for another.

I intend to take a first step to address this by using the data from this survey to inform the debate on safety. The results will be published but not the names of any contributors.

The survey, which should take no more than 10 minutes to complete, can be found at this link.

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Keeping track of journalists tweeting from Egypt

We’ve set up this Storify post to keep track of some of the Western journalists in Egypt via their Twitter accounts.

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Media safety website has a change of identity

September 12th, 2008 | No Comments | Posted by in Journalism, Online Journalism

Media safety organisation, INSI, went live with its website  yesterday – -  with an all new look. It has actually had a complete change of identity too: INSI is now an org, not a co.

INSI first emerged five years ago, as the result of the concern at the growing global rate of casualties of journalists and their support staff.

With specialised news and features focusing on risk awareness, safety, health and training, they aim to provide advice and support for those reporting from areas of conflict, crime and corruption, natural disasters and disease.

The new website look is designed to make their resources easier to access by journalists around the world, with better video and audio.
INSI’s very keen to welcome feedback and suggestions for improvement: find their various contacts here.

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