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BBC Cojo: When to step into a story, and when to walk away

It is a question which arises time after time, especially for journalists working in dangerous areas and the developing work: at what point do you step into a story to provide humanitarian aid to your subject?

This was something we discussed with Chris Green from Future Voices, a company which offers training to journalists considering working in hostile environments. “You need to remind yourself that you are a journalist, you are there for one reason. Look after your team, look after yourself, get your story,” he told us at the time.

This week the BBC College of Journalism also takes a look at the issue in an interesting interview with Jezza Newman, director and cameraman for Zimbabwe’s Forgotten Children a documentary repeated on BBC2 last week, posted on the site.

Newman says it is important for the overall message to remain powerful for the audience.

As awkward as it is for us to walk away, it should be awkward for the viewer to watch. By doing what we did and making the viewer as awkward as we made them feel we ended up raising £43,000 and we believe that what we chose to do, by not stepping in, contributed to what eventually is a good.

See the full post here…

Safety training places for would-be foreign correspondents up for grabs

Editorial safety training organisation Future Voices is offering 10 spots on its next four-day training course to Journalism.co.uk readers.

The course will run for four days from this Thursday night (22 July) at a location in Hampshire, UK, and is aimed at working journalists and students considering work in conflict or crisis zones. The courses have been designed to teach safety and survival skills to journalists, while keeping the editorial process in mind.

Developed with safety specialists and the support of the army, the courses are intended to be as realistic as possible to working in the field. Journalism.co.uk readers will have the opportunity to take part for free – the only cost is £75 for food and transport.

Journalism.co.uk took part in an open day to experience some of the training available first hand – you can find out how we got on at this link.

To register your interest email course organiser Chris Green at christopher.green [at] fvmedia.org.uk.