Freelance Safety Clinics

[ Freelance Safety Clinics ]

Frontline Freelance Register (FFR) and the Rory Peck Trust’s hugely popular Freelance Safety Clinics are coming to Photoville!

Date and Time: Saturday, September 21st, 10 AM to 6PM

Location: St Ann’s Warehouse, ‎45 Water Street; Brooklyn, New York

Hosted by

Frontline Freelance Register & Rory Peck Trust


Produced by

United Photo Industries at St. Ann’s Warehouse
















Deadline for applications: Friday, 29th August 2019
Deadline for notification of selection: TBD
Deadline for confirmation of participation (incl. refundable $10 deposit): TBD

London-based organizations Frontline Freelance Register (FFR) and the Rory Peck Trust’s hugely popular Freelance Safety Clinics are coming to Photoville!

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? Then sign up now for one of our FREE safety clinics taking place on Saturday, 21st September, as part of Photoville 2019 at the famed St. Ann’s Warehouse.

These clinics are intended for freelancers who are preparing for an assignment, or who are keen to improve their safety or security. They provide an opportunity to receive direct access to expert knowledge, advice and guidance, that will help them manage their preparations and improve their safety skills.

Security advisors from news organizations including The New York Times, VICE, and NBC will be available to provide guidance on safety issues, risk assessment, assignment planning, and digital security, as well as specialists from the Dart Center for Journalism & Trauma, who will be on hand to provide guidance on interviewing contributors, self-care, and planning for potentially traumatic assignments.

Individual clinics will be available throughout the day in 45 minute slots. To apply for a safety session, please fill in the booking form []. Deadline for applications is Monday, 19th August.

Please note: Freelancers are welcome to bring assignment/story plans, and draft risk assessments, to discuss with their allocated security advisor, but these consultations are NOT intended as safety sign-offs for individual risk assessments or travel plans. Any advice given should form part of your own assignment preparation, it should not serve as a replacement for it.


Jason 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 joins The Times from BuzzFeed, Inc. where he has served as director of global security since 2015. 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 N.G.O’s, in challenging environments.

Judith Matloff, Dart Center for Journalism & Trauma, teaches conflict reporting at Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism, and she has pioneered safety training for media around the world, consulting for a wide range of international organizations. Her fourth book, How to Drag a Body and Other Safety Tips You Hoped You’d Never Need, is manual to survive hacking, hurricanes, and other hazards that life throws at us. It will be published by Harper Collins in May, 2020.

Matloff has written about international affairs and mayhem for thirty years, and for numerous publications including the The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and The Wall Street Journal. Her work has been supported by the MacArthur Foundation, the Fulbright Scholar Program, and the Hoover Institution. She belongs to PEN.

Chris Lawton is Head of High Risk Services at 1st Option Safety Group, a specialist UK safety and risk management consultancy for TV, media and film production, where he leads on high risk advice and support services and hostile environment security and medical training. He is a long standing supporter of freelance initiatives and has been involved with the safety surgeries since the idea was conceived.

Prior to 1st Option Chris was part of the security team at Bloomberg LP and was also previously part of the BBC High Risk Team, working in the UK and overseas with foreign news, Arabic and Persian Services. He has consulted broadly with the UN and NGO sector on major incident response and contingency planning for clients such as the IFRC, WFP and World Vision.
He was commissioned as an officer in the British Army with the Intelligence Corps and he holds a first class degree in English Literature from Sheffield University.

Sharbil Nammour, Global Head of Security | Risk, VICE Media