Free training, checklists, guides and tools to promote safe reporting as journalists’ deaths rise

2023-10-13. WAN-IFRA has condemned the mounting killings of journalists in the Israel-Hamas conflict and has urged governments and news organisations to do everything possible to allow them to do their work safely. For those heading to danger zones, or covering the story online, here is a list of resources from media support organisations.

by Lucinda Jordaan | October 13, 2023

The evolving challenges and complexities of war coverage have been brought into stark reality with the Israel-Hamas conflict. Earlier this week, WAN-IFRA condemned the killing of Palestinian journalists, and called on both sides to “respect international humanitarian law and to do everything conceivable to ensure journalists can safely do their work.”

Media support organisations have a host of tools and trainings to help frontline reporters, and those working online, to cope with the extreme risks and pressures. Many have been repurposed and updated for the current challenges and are listed below.

A free training course is on offer from Eurovision News, the European Broadcasting Union Academy and the Thomson Foundation. For The Record – How to Document Stories From a War Zone  is designed to equip  both seasoned journalists looking to enhance their skills and newcomers who are entering the challenging world of conflict journalism with essential skills and knowledge to report from a war zone safely and effectively. Register on Telegram or the EBU website.

Liz Corbin, EBU’s Deputy Director of Media and Head of News said the course was for both journalists who find themselves in the middle of the worst atrocities and the newsrooms who support them.

See Also: Tips for coping after reporting distressing and traumatic stories

The timing is prescient: after an avalanche of shocking content and misinformation on social media, The Times UK video producer Stéphanie Bosset tweeted out a helpful thread of diverse resources for newsroom editors and coordinators; see resource box below for her recommended links.

Her best advice for those having to watch graphic UGC / social media video? “Watch them initially with the sound off. It may seem like a small change but it makes a massive difference.”

And, in the statement released earlier this week condemning the killing of Palestinian journalists, WAN-IFRA urged all media organisations, “local and foreign news teams alike, to prioritise the safety of their people working on the ground. This includes providing all necessary safety equipment, logistical assistance, and dedicated newsroom support to those at greatest risk.” 

WAN-IFRA Executive Director of Press Freedom, Andew Heslop, also questioned whether lessons learned from previous conflicts are being effectively applied in newsrooms today – and spoke to several major publications on their experiences, limitations and immediate concerns.

To this end, we have compiled a list of additional resources for journalists, newsrooms and publishers, from checklists to toolkits and manuals.



CPJ’s four-part Safety Kit provides journalists and newsrooms with basic safety information on physical, digital and psychological safety resources and tools.


Legal, Financial and Crisis Aid

The IFJ’s Safety Fund is a lifeline for journalists facing violence, persecution and threat or needing medical treatment.

The Rory Peck Trust offers financial assistance via their Crisis Fund or Therapy Fund

CPJ’s Emergencies Response Team provides comprehensive, life-saving support to journalists and media support staff worldwide

  • International Committee off The Red Cross (ICRC) provides 24-hour assistance to Journalists in crisis; their Hotline: +41 79 217 32 85 and +41 22 730 3443
  • Legal Network for Journalists at Risk
  • ACOS Alliance provides excellent references for insurance, legal rights, and other up-to-date safety resources.

Also Watch: Safety for Journalists in Conflict Zones Abeer Saady, a war correspondent, researcher, media consultant and trainer specialising in safety and security, offers essential advice in this webinar from the International Center for Journalists.

See Also: Covering the West Bank: Security insights and tips for journalists

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