LONDON, ON, June 21, 2013 /CNW/ - Freelance journalists who work under
dangerous conditions are to get another chance to win bursaries to help
with hazardous environment training. The Forum Freelance Fund will
award bursaries of up to $2,500 each. Applications for the third
annual competition close at the end of August.
The Forum Freelance Fund is a project of the Canadian Journalism Forum
on Violence and Trauma, an educational charity concerned with the
physical and emotional wellbeing of journalists.
The Forum Freelance Fund is sponsored by CBC News and supported by
Radio-Canada, Canada News Wire, Macintosh Media and by individual
contributions. Last year it awarded bursaries to freelancers based in
Afghanistan, Tunisia, China and Colombia. Three were Canadian and all
four contributed to Canadian media.
"We will be continuing the very successful co-operation we established
last year with the Rory Peck Trust," said Forum president Cliff
Lonsdale. "Three of our winners last year benefitted from additional
funding from the Trust, which is based in the UK and supports freelance
camera people world-wide."
According to the International News Safety Institute, a record 152
journalists and media workers were killed worldwide in 2012 because of
their work. Twenty-eight were killed in Syria alone. An increasing
number of those who died in conflict zones were working on a freelance
basis, many without the training and support systems afforded to
"This situation should be a concern for every media organization," said
Lonsdale, "not just the ones that already have an excellent record in
this area. If organizations don't feel able to support every freelance
they use, at least they can contribute to this kind of independent fund
to help with some of the most pressing cases."
Most of those affected were young people trying to make their name in an
increasingly tough environment, he said. Many didn't have the necessary
resources or training to meet basic safety needs.
The Forum Freelance Fund competition is run in two streams. In one,
freelancers apply for bursaries up to $2,500 to help them attend
courses provided by any of five approved commercial trainers in the US
and UK, all of whom offer discounted rates. This year TYR Solutions
joins AKE, Centurion, Pilgrims Group and Tor International on the list
of approved commercial course providers.
The other stream is for bursaries up to $1,000 to attend a lower-priced
course - Reporting Safely in Crisis Zones - at the Columbia Journalism
School in New York , October 18-20, 2013.
Selections in both streams are made by an independent panel, including a
representative of the Rory Peck Trust.
Full application details are available on the Forum's website: http://journalismforum.fims.uwo.ca
SOURCE: Canadian Journalism Forum on Violence and Trauma
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