Reporters Instructed in Saving Colleagues, Inc. (RISC)

RISC is dedicated to promoting the safety of freelance journalists in combat zones. We provide first aid training to freelance journalists working in all media - photography, print and broadcast - to mitigate the many threats they face to their physical security while on the job. Our name reflects our hope that freelance reporters trained in first aid will be able to treat not only their own wounds in the field, but also those of their colleagues, until they are able to reach professional medical care. It is our goal to make first aid training and preparedness an industry norm, like having a flak jacket and helmet, for freelance journalists working in combat zones.
Sep 30, 2016

RISC hosts first course in Italy, training freelance and local journalists from around the world

On July 26-29, RISC held our first course in Italy, training 24 conflict journalists in emergency medicine at the new MeMo Factory in Turin. We were especially pleased that with help from the Ford Foundation and Institute for International Education, we were able to cover travel expenses for five local journalists covering conflict in their home countries who would not otherwise be able to get this kind of training. The awardees included a broadcast journalist from Pakistan, a camerawoman from Ukraine, and photojournalists from Egypt, Nigeria, and El Salvador.

MeMo is a photography collective started by three RISC alumni, award-winning photographers Fabio Bucciarelli, Manu Brabo and Guillem Valle, and their colleagues Jose Colon and Diego Ibarra-Sanchez. The training was held at their new headquarters in an old train depot in an industrial neighborhood of Turin, the perfect setting for simulating an urban conflict zone. The need for this kind of training felt all the more real in Italy after a string of terrorist attacks in France and Germany in July left residents on edge.

The training was covered by local and international media (links below). 

Please consider making a donation to help us train another class. 

Thank you for your support!

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Jun 29, 2016

MeMo to host first RISC course in Italy

Hector, an alum, gives a safety briefing in Mexico
Hector, an alum, gives a safety briefing in Mexico

On July 26-29, RISC will hold its first course in Italy. We will be hosted by MeMo, a transmedia narrative online magazine combining photo, audio, video, text and animation which was co-founded by two RISC alumni, Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Manu Brabo and Robert Capa Gold Medalist Fabio Bucciarelli. We received over 100 applications from highly qualified applicants in Europe, the Middle East and South Asia in the first week after we announced the course. Local journalists who cannot afford their travel will be assisted by the Ford Foundation and the Rory Peck Trust. Your donations make it possible for RISC to pay for participants' instruction fees, lodging, medical kits, and all other course expenses.

RISC Deputy Director Lily Hindy was in Boston in May for a meeting of the Foreign Editors Circle, where she discussed issues of journalist safety with international editors at the top U.S. news organizations. RISC is proud to be involved in the work of the ACOS (A Culture of Safety) Alliance, which just launched its new website. ACOS is an unprecedented coalition of major news companies, journalism organizations, and freelancers, who have gathered to develop and endorse worldwide freelance protection standards and work to embed them into newsrooms worldwide. 

We were pleased to hear that RISC alum Hector Guerrero gave his colleagues, local journalists in Chiapas, Mexico, a crash course in first aid last week before covering violent clashes across southern Mexico that left at least nine people dead. Guerrero said his colleagues had never covered a protest like this before so he offered them a safety training, most of which was based on what he had learned at RISC last summer.

Keep an eye on our Facebook page for updates from the course in Italy.

Thank you again for your continued support.

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Mar 22, 2016

"RISC... it's a lot more than a medical course"

Alum Spencer Chumbley discusses RISC
Alum Spencer Chumbley discusses RISC's impact

Dear RISC supporters,

Next month, we celebrate four years since RISC began operations. In that time, we have trained a total of 264 journalists at 11 courses around the world. Instead of taking it from us, watch this new video to hear directly from our alumni just how important RISC has been to the freelance conflict journalist community.

So far in 2016, we have held two installments of our benefit speaker series, featuring a diverse group of accomplished conflict journalists. On January 19 at the Brooklyn Brewery, we partnered with the International Women's Media Foundation to host a panel of women journalists who are reframing the conflict-centered narrative from sub-Saharan Africa. The discussion was moderated by Lydia Polgreen of The New York Times, and all four panelists were RISC alumni: Alexis Okeowo of The New Yorker, freelance photojournalist Monique Jaques, freelance journalist Jessica Hatcher, and Marketplace's Kimberly Adams. Hear the discussion on Soundcloud at this link

On February 2 in the first-ever Washington, DC, spinoff of our New York series organized by Discourse Production Company at Right Proper Brewing, RISC founder Sebastian Junger interviewed VICE on HBO filmmaker Ben Anderson. You can watch video of that talk at this link.

We are hoping to post our 2016 training schedule soon. Keep an eye on our website and Facebook page for updates.

Thank you for your continued support!

Yours, 
RISC

Alum Igor Tokar in Ukraine in December w/RISC kit
Alum Igor Tokar in Ukraine in December w/RISC kit
"Reporting Africa, Beyond Conflict" in RISC series
"Reporting Africa, Beyond Conflict" in RISC series
Sebastian Junger & Ben Anderson in RISC series
Sebastian Junger & Ben Anderson in RISC series
 
   

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