Training sessions Safety for freelance journalists

Freelancing can be lonely and stressful but also very dangerous. Being self-employed, usually also means facing different risks and threats while chasing stories without the support of a media organisation.

In these online training sessions, you will learn how to create a risk assessment and implement control measures to guarantee your physical and digital safety.

🧰 Download here your safety tool-box for freelance journalists.

In this tool-box, you will find a list of resources that will help you to identify and address physical and digital risks.


👇 Scroll down to see the recording videos of the training sessions, the presentations and other resources.

Session I: Risk assessment for freelance journalists

👉 Presentations & Resources

📅 Trainer: Colin Pereira | Date: 22 September 2020 - 11:00 CET

Learning how to identify and address the potential risks and threats to your physical integrity while reporting is fundamental to promote safety in freelance journalism. regardless of the circumstances and context of each assignment, we can learn how to assess the risks and implement control measures to guarantee our safety.

In this training session, Colin Pereira, Director of HP Risk Management, will introduce us to the basic concepts, tips, techniques and risk assessment tools for freelance journalists. How to identify and categorise the risks? When is the perfect moment to evaluate those risks? What are the variables freelance journalists should see as a potential threat? You will find the answers to these and more questions in this training.

💡 This training will cover: What is a risk assessment and why is it essential for freelancers? - When and how to prepare your risk assessment? - What are the elements to be taken into account? - Tips, tools and techniques - Examples of proper risk assessments - Actions if something does go wrong - Fundamentals of crisis management

Session II: Digital Security for freelance journalists

👉 Presentations & Resources

📅 Trainer: Ela Stapley | Date: 30 September 2020 - 11:00 CET

Journalists need to think about how better to protect themselves, their families, colleagues and sources from digital threats, including issues ranging from online abuse to sophisticated surveillance. Media workers face a wide range of adversaries with ever-increasing tech capacity which leaves them and their sources vulnerable. This is especially true for freelancers. Without the technical support or guidelines for digital security provided by a media organisation, freelance journalists need to be well informed about digital threats and put in place their own protections measures for safer online conduct.

During this online training session, digital safety expert Ela Stapley will share tips and tools to build your security plan and to improve your digital safety skills and knowledge. The session is designed to be interactive and questions are encouraged.

💡 This training will cover: Practical resources available to freelancers (RPT, FFR, ACOS + others) - Digital risk assessment - Account security best practice - You & your online profile, better protection against online abuse.

Session III: Contracts & Insurance: Key Elements to Freelancing Safely

👉 Presentations & Resources

📅 Trainer: Anna Therese Day | Date: 8 October 2020 - 11:00 CET

Freelance journalists need to be aware of the impact that contracts and insurances have on their safety.

What are the elements of the freelance publishing agreements, and why are they relevant to journalists safety? Why is it important to understand the different insurance options? During this training session, Anna Therese Day, freelance reporter, co-founder of The Frontline Freelance Register, and board member at the ACOS Alliance, will offer tools and tips to understand how to reach an agreement between media companies and freelance journalists on terms that protect the interests and safety of the journalists.

💡 This training will cover: What is a freelance publishing agreement? - What are the key terms of the freelance publishing agreement or contract? - What is the impact that contracts and insurances have on the safety of freelancers? - How and when to use the template agreement - Key aspects to consider when purchasing insurance

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