Dart Center for Journalism & Trauma tip sheets and guides
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The Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma provides journalists with the necessary resources and health information to deliver quality, informed reporting on tragedy, disaster, and violence. Its website provides tip sheets, studies, and articles about trauma, journalism, and mental health. Dart has published guidebooks on reporting war and dealing with the stresses of covering tragedies.
FAIR Investigative Journalism Manual
FAIR’s manual is designed for investigative reporters who are working under difficult conditions, such as those in Africa. The manual was written based on case studies and anecdotes submitted by investigative journalists in Africa.
Frontline Protection of Human Rights Defenders Manuals
Frontline offers a Protection Manual for Human Rights Defenders that is devoted to personal security, risk analysis, and planning. The manual is also available in a condensed handbook. Frontline’s Security-in-a-Box digital security manual, developed with the Tactical Technology Collective, helps ensure the safety of digital materials and correspondence as well.
ICFJ Training Manuals
The International Center for Journalists offers a range of manuals covering investigative reporting, ethical decision-making, trauma, natural disasters, and a variety of special or regional topics. Many are available for free and the rest are available as low-cost digital copies.
IFJ’s Live News Survival Guide
Published in 2003, the International Federation of Journalist’s guide remains valuable. It covers working in hostile environments and war zones, civil unrest and riots, kidnapping and hostage taking, emergency medical aid, and traumatic stress.
IWPR Training Manual
The Institute for War & Peace Reporting’s standard training manual contains a chapter on journalist safety. Topics covered include personal security and situational awareness, as well as reporting from war and disaster zones. It is available in six languages on IWPR’s website. The institute also publishes topical and regional guides.
Reporters without Borders Handbook for Journalists
Updated in 2010, the Handbook for Journalists is a comprehensive guide covering a variety of relevant safety issues, including first aid, humanitarian and public health emergencies, health precautions to take when traveling, and reporting in war zones.
SaferMobile A Guide to Mobile Security Risk Assessment
SaferMobile helps journalists and others use mobile technology more securely. The guide begins with a Mobile Risk Primer that describes general security vulnerabilities associated with mobile technology and communication.
Small World News Guide to Safely Using Satphones
Released in March 2012, the guide examines satellite phone use in repressive nations. It offers advice on best practices, including detection avoidance and security precautions.
World Health Organization International Travel and Health
The World Health Organization publishes this guide to safety while traveling abroad as well as others such as its Guide on Safe Food for Travellers. These cover such topics as necessary vaccinations for travel; food safety; and health risks in different regions and under different conditions, such as natural disasters. It also includes a full list of items that might be contained in a well-stocked first-aid kit.
Do you believe the free flow of information must be protected? Sign the #RightToReport petition and demand that President Obama immediately:
1. Issue a presidential policy directive prohibiting the hacking and surveillance of journalists and media organizations.
2. Limit aggressive prosecutions that ensnare journalists and intimidate whistleblowers.
3. Prevent the harassment of journalists at the U.S. border.
Or click here to see the full petition, and join leading journalists like Christiane Amanpour, The Guardian’s Alan Rusbridger, Editor of the AP Kathleen Carroll, and Arianna Huffington in signing on.