Training War Reporters in the Bronx
Last Spring, Sebastien Junger founded Reporters Instructed in Saving Colleagues (RISC) in honor of his friend and Restrepo co-director Tim Hetherington’s 2011 death while covering the Libyan revolution.
With the increase of freelancers covering conflict areas, RISC creates three-day training programs to “equip freelance journalists in all media to treat life-threatening injuries on the battlefield.”
Wired profiles a recent training session that took place in at the Bronx Documentary Center:
The need for medical training among journalists is especially desperate now as news outlets are employing freelancers — many without insurance or institutional support – to deliver stories.
“The industry is closing down bureaus. Increasing we are relying on freelancers for photographs. Look at the images from Syria, almost all of those are by freelancers, many of whom are without medical training or medical kits. It’s a recipe for disaster,” says [Michael] Kamber, who has reported from over a dozen conflict zones during his career and even admits that he was unprepared in the past.
In recent years, the deaths of several photojournalists have reminded us of the extreme dangers faced by reporters in conflict zones. Getty photographer Chris Hondros died in the same mortar explosion as Hetherington; Anton Hammerle was killed by Gaddafi loyalists in April 2011; and Rémi Ochlik died in the bombing of Homs, Syria, in February of this year.
Image: Conflict Training for Reporters, by Katie Khouri, via Wired