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.
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
Dec 17, 2015

Take a look back at RISC's work in 2015 with founder Sebastian Junger

Alum John Beck reporting in Sinjar, Iraq
Alum John Beck reporting in Sinjar, Iraq

Dear RISC supporters,

It's hard to believe that in just three years, we have trained and equipped 264 journalists around the world. Almost every month in 2015, we received photos of our alumni in dangerous areas - Sinjar, Iraq; Kunduz, Afghanistan; Donetsk, Ukraine - reporting with their RISC medical kits clipped onto their body armor. I was so proud to hear that two of our alumni had put their training to use this fall. Photographer Andrew Quilty, embedded with Afghan forces repelling a Taliban attack in Kunduz, helped treat a soldier with a shrapnel injury. Reporter Jason Patinkin in South Sudan used his RISC medical kit to help treat a child's dangerously infected leg wound.

These photos and stories from our alumni show us that this training works. Not only are we keeping our trainees safe, we are helping the journalists and civilians around them in dangerous and remote areas. Your support of RISC is truly making a difference for people around the world.

In 2015, we hosted our first ever training only for local journalists, who face more threats and suffer more casualties than do foreign correspondents. We partnered with D.C.-based human rights organization Freedom House and their local Ukrainian affiliate Institute for Mass Information to put on a course in Kyiv for 24 Ukrainian journalists covering their country's war in the east. We also trained 24 journalists in New York and 24 more in our second course in Nairobi. In addition to our usual three trainings per year, our head trainer Sawyer Alberi put on a free one-hour workshop at the Photoville festival in Brooklyn, New York, this October to teach the public how to stop catastrophic bleeding from open wounds.

Our War Correspondents at the Brooklyn Brewery series continued in 2015 with three events. In January, I interviewed photographer Peter Van Agtmael and writers Jen Percy and Eliot Ackerman on their work in Afghanistan. In September, Brewery founder and former Middle East correspondent Steve Hindy interviewed psychiatrist Anthony Feinstein, author of "Journalists Under Fire: The Psychological Hazards of Covering War," and Phil Zabriskie, author of "The Kill Switch," on the psychological and emotional toll of war on soldiers and journalists. And at the last event Hindy interviewed author David Shields and designer Milton Glaser on Shields' new book "War is Beautiful," which questions media representation of war imagery. You can watch my interview on Slate and the Shields and Glaser interview on C-SPAN.

Thanks again to all of you for supporting RISC. I continue to be proud of the work we are doing, and I feel it is a fitting tribute to my friend Tim Hetherington and to the other journalists we have lost in the field doing this important work.

I hope you will consider a year-end donation to keep our work going through 2016.

Sincerely,

Sebastian Junger

Alum Andrew Quilty treats wounded Afghan soldier
Alum Andrew Quilty treats wounded Afghan soldier
Alum Jason Patinkin lends a hand and a RISC kit
Alum Jason Patinkin lends a hand and a RISC kit
RISC head trainer teaches workshop @ Photoville
RISC head trainer teaches workshop @ Photoville
Trainees from Somalia & Kenya @ RISC Nairobi
Trainees from Somalia & Kenya @ RISC Nairobi
RISC benefit speaker series @ Brooklyn Brewery
RISC benefit speaker series @ Brooklyn Brewery

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