The Frontline Club in New York: How to Freelance Safely – Part One

Talk Tuesday 21 October 2014, 6:30 PM

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This event will take place at Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs Building, 420 West 118th Street #1, room 1302, New York.

We are delighted to be teaming up with the Overseas Press Club of America (OPC) for two events on freelance safety. The first will be held at Club Quarters in New York and the second in November at the Frontline Club in London.

The brutal murders of James Foley and Steven Sotloff have again brought to the fore the dangers that front line journalists face. With freelancers being relied upon more and more, it is imperative that they have the resources and training to protect themselves as well as to help them get the story.

A panel of experts in the safety field will discuss what is available now, what more needs to be done and what responsibility news organisations have to the freelancers they employ.

The event is free, if you are in New York and able to attend please RSVP to [email protected].

The panel:

Bruce Shapiro, executive director of the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma.

Sawyer Alberi, chief trainer for RISC (Reporters Instructed in Saving Colleagues).

Judith Matloff, a veteran foreign correspondent who teaches a safety training course at the Columbia University School of Journalism.

Vaughan Smith, founder of London’s Frontline Club, award-winning independent cameraman and member of the board of representatives for the Frontline Freelance Register (FFR).

Micah Garen, an independent documentary filmmaker and multimedia journalist and founder of Four Corners Media who has worked in conflict and post-conflict zones around the world including Iraq, Afghanistan and Egypt. Garen was kidnapped in southern Iraq and held for 10 days in 2004 while filming a documentary about the looting of archaeological sites.