Freelance Safety Clinics

Freelance Safety Clinics

Freelance Safety Clinics provide freelance photographers with one-to-one expert advice

Are you a freelance photojournalist or documentary photographer in need of some expert, one-to-one advice on safety, risk assessment, digital security, or trauma management? Sign up now for one of our FREE virtual safety clinics on either September 29, 30 and October 1, part of Photoville’s 2021 online programming.

The ACOS AllianceCommittee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and the Frontline Freelance Register are bringing back the hugely popular Freelance Safety Clinics to Photoville, with invaluable support from Leica Camera.

– Individual clinics will be available online in 45 minute slots. –

Participants must complete a registration form to apply for a one-to-one online session with a security advisor:

The ACOS Alliance
the Committee to Protect Journalists
the Frontline Freelance Register
photoville

With support from

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The Photoville Freelance Safety Clinics are an opportunity for freelance photojournalists and documentary photographers to receive free, expert, one-to-one advice on safety, risk assessment, digital security or trauma management. The clinics will run for up to 45 minutes on Wednesday 29, Thursday 30, September and Friday 1, October, from 9am to 1pm EST (times to be allocated and confirmed once selected).

More than 10 security advisors from organizations including BuzzFeed, TIME, CPJ, Reuters, VICE Media and the New York Times and many others will be available to provide individual guidance on safety issues that can help freelancers with their current projects and future employment opportunities when working in the field.

Please apply by Thursday 9, September.

If selected, we will notify you of the allotted time.

 

Featuring Experts: Sally Fitton (BBC High Risk team), Harlo Holmes (Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) and Director of Digital Security at Freedom of the Press Foundation), Jason Reich (Vice President of Corporate Security for The New York Times Company), Yemile Bucay (Risk & Security Manager at BuzzFeed), Chris Lawton (Silk Road Training), Michael Christie (General manager for global logistics and security at Thomson Reuters), David Oades (Physical safety advisors in the emergencies team at CPJ and High Risk Media Advisor at HP Risk Management), Colin Pereira (Committee to Protect Journalists’s chief strategist on journalist safety), Ela Stapley (Digital safety expert and trainer, Emergencies team at the Committee to Protect Journalists), Sharbil Nammour (Security and Risk Team Lead at VICE Media), Ramy Ghaly (VICE Media) and Janelle Miller (TIME).

Expert Bios

Sally Fitton  is High Risk Advisor for the BBC High Risk team.
As part of the High Risk team, Sally advises and assists BBC staff and contracted freelancers on safety and security. It may be for breaking news, an investigative piece or even for a natural history documentary or science programme. The BBC High Risk and News Safety team guides the risk management of tasks, are part of the incident management response when it goes wrong, advise on overseas staff threats and also deploy on the ground with teams. She is also involved in the delivery of safety training to overseas bureaux, the maintenance and assessment of safety standards and response to threats against staff
Sally runs the Managing High Risk Deployments course for the BBC. This course is designed to prepare those who authorise tasks or would be the first point of contact in an incident. Sally is a board member at the ACOS Alliance.

 

Harlo HolmesHarlo Holmes  is the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) and Director of Digital Security at Freedom of the Press Foundation. She strives to help individual journalists in various media organizations become confident and effective in securing their communications within their newsrooms, with their sources, and with the public at large. She is a media scholar, software programmer, and activist; and was a regular contributor to the open source mobile security collective The Guardian Project.

 

 

Jason ReichJason Reich is Vice President of Corporate Security for The New York Times Company. He is responsible for the development and enforcement of all safety and security plans for domestic employees and facilities while serving as the company’s internal expert on all security matters. He joined Times in 2019 from BuzzFeed, Inc. where he served as Director of Global Security for four years. Prior to BuzzFeed, Jason was the founder and managing director of Collective Security Project, a team of crisis response experts, based in the United Kingdom, Turkey and the U.S., who were contracted to protect journalists, aid workers and NGO’s in challenging environments. Jason is a board member at the ACOS Alliance.

 

Yemile BucayYemile Bucay is BuzzFeed’s Risk & Security Manager, where she works to help manage risk and safety for any teams creating content or news. Based in New York City, Yemile is a journalist by education and background, and has for years worked within organizations that support media in an ever more complex landscape through positions at ElectionSOS, NewsQ, and NewsGuard. Currently, she is a Fellow in the International Women’s Media Foundation “Next Gen Safety Trainers” program, which is creating a cohort of media security professionals for the newly emergent risks faced in media today.

 

Chris Lawton  (MA FRGS) has dedicated himself to supporting those working in, and resident in, high risk and hostile environments. He has supported organisations such as the BBC, Bloomberg and Netflix as well as the United Nations, WFP, World Vision and the IFRC. He has led high risk and trauma first aid training teams globally and, on a daily basis, advises teams and individuals wanting to live and work in the most challenging of circumstances. He has done this on a full time basis since leaving the British Army.
Chris is the co-founder of Silk Road Training. Silk Road has been set up to offer a powerful digital learning experience that will broaden the privilege of knowledge and the benefits of experience to help raise safety standards for everyone.

 

Michael ChristieMichael Christie, the general manager for global logistics and security at Thomson Reuters, oversees the safety of around 4,000 staff and freelance journalists. He is responsible for drawing up safety protocols, organizing hostile environment training, procuring personal protective equipment and deploying security advisers when necessary. He also handles digital security issues, runs editorial’s global trauma program and supervises logistical support for large special events such as the Olympics and the World Cup. Michael is a board member at the ACOS Alliance.

 

David OadesDavid Oades, is one of the physical safety advisors in the emergencies team at CPJ, who also works as a High Risk Media Advisor at HP Risk Management, a consultancy assisting media organisations operating in fragile environments. Previously he worked as a group expedition leader in over 80 countries around the world, with 15 years experience of keeping people safe in often challenging and hostile environments.

 

Colin PereiraColin Pereira, serves as Committee to Protect Journalists’s chief strategist on journalist safety. For more than 15 years, he has worked to shape the risk management model for journalists operating under threat. He is a Director at HP Risk Management, a consultancy assisting companies and media organisations operating in fragile environments. Previously he was head of security for ITN and Deputy Head of BBC High Risk Team. Pereira has advised teams of journalists covering wars, natural disasters, terrorism and riots globally, and has worked on high risk investigations. Colin Pereira was also an award winning journalist for BBC Newsnight and BBC Current Affairs.

 

Ela StapleyEla Stapley is a digital safety expert and trainer working with journalists around the world to help them be safer both when online and when using technology. Ela is part of the Emergencies team at the Committee to Protect Journalists where she supports journalists on a wide range of issues ranging from device security to online harassment. Ela is a former freelance journalist and holds an MA in International Journalism from Cardiff University, UK.

 

 

Sharbil Nammour leads the Security and Risk Team at VICE Media in supporting journalists and teams worldwide, across all conditions. He specialises in transforming free-spirited mayhem into organised chaos.

Ramy Ghaly, VICE

Janelle Miller, TIME