“Safety for Journalists”
Training School
May 8-13, 2023
Kilkis, Greece

Responding to the latest developments, Peace Journalism Lab, School of Journalism and Mass Communications of Aristotle University Thessaloniki, Jean Monnet Chair for European Public Diplomacy, Hellenic Multinational Peace Support Operations Training Center with the support of Secretariat General of Communication and Information, Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom,

 Digital Communication Network Global, European Federation of Journalists, Journalistic Union of Macedonia and Thrace Daily Newspapers, Free Press unlimited,  organise the second "Safety forJournalists” Training School.

“Safety for Journalists” Training School aims to the renter and consolidates its status as one of the world’s most significant schools on the specific subject, as it is supported by an impressive background, combined by credible, the world’stop news organisations and experts.

Taking into consideration the significant role of coverage of the contemporary conflicts and being a member of the UN Academic Impact Network, the PJL also intergrades the promotion of peace journalism principles and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in the training’s objectives.

War reporters today face a significant number of unprecedented challenges on the field. They find themselves strangling to satisfy basic physical needs and personal security, while at the same time they have to deal with an extremely complicated information environment. The unexpected development of Russian invasion in Ukraine has brought the profession of war correspondent in the foreground once more.

Peace Journalism Lab committed to its values and in the framework of UNAI, has taken the initiative, two years ago, to create an innovative training program for professional and young reporters that are interested in visiting war zones, that has been proven to be really helpful for practitioners. The program, that has been suspended due to Covid19 restrictions, will be available again from this year on, aiming to provide professionals and young students with all the necessary knowledge to cope with the challenges they are going to face in the contemporary field of conflict.

The curriculum includes two basic parts, those of theoretical and intensive field training. A number of issues will be presented to the participants, including:

  • Introduction to the environment
  • Challenges & evolutions in reporting war and crises
  • Law of armed conflict
  • Field safety
  • Dealing with fixers
  • Hostile Environment Awareness training (HEAT)
  • Data security
  • Health, epidemics and stress management
  • Administrative paperwork basics
  • Dealing with trauma
This training school is a unique opportunity to benefit from the Organizers outstanding experience in war journalism/risk communication combined with the expertise of military professionals. The program is structured around keynote presentations by distinguished experts, roundtable discussions and intensive field training. The course will be run with a mix-method teaching style and includes lectures, discussion, field training, policy lab, and hands-on practicum. Sessions will be led by experts from across communication and military fields.
Who can apply to the “Safety for Journalists” Training Program?
The “Safety for Journalists” Training School aims to select a total number of 35 participants, who have the following background:
  • Professionals from media and other related organisations, who need a deeper understanding of the issues to be addressed
  • Ph.D/ Master/ Bachelor students of Journalism, International relations, etc
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