The ACOS Alliance (A Culture of Safety Alliance) is an unprecedented coalition of news organisations, freelance journalist associations and press freedom organisations working together to champion safe and responsible journalistic practices for freelance and local journalists worldwide. The Alliance facilitates collaborative initiatives to improve the safety of journalists exposed to danger.

Please note the data collected through this form will be stored securely and the information will be accessible to the ACOS Alliance and relevant partners actively involved in safety training activities for freelance journalists worldwide. The form is helping us to reach out to individual freelancers when relevant opportunities for safety training arise, and to coordinate a response to current needs in partnership with news organisations and NGOs. Some of these partners have their own internal application procedures and in order to benefit from their financial support you may have to go though their internal application procedures. Completing this form does not guarantee a bursary. 

The ACOS Alliance and the Associated Press are partnering to offer bursaries for two freelance or local journalists to participate in a fully certified three day HEFAT (Hostile Environment and First Aid Training) course in Colombia. The course is mainly dedicated to those covering the conflict in Venezuela and it will take place from Monday 25 to Wednesday 27, March 2019.  

Applicants should fill out this form by Thursday 14, March. Selected participants will be notified by email. 

The Associated Press is covering the course fees while the ACOS Alliance will cover accommodation and travel costs.  

The course is delivered in English and fluency in English is preferred although not mandatory. 

In line with the ACOS Principles, this course is designed to help journalists that face risks and safety challenges to be better prepared. The course comprises of classroom and group discussion work interspersed with exercises to build skills and confidence. First aid will be taught by an experienced and qualified medic. The course is delivered by Global Journalist Security (GJS)

The ACOS Alliance (A Culture of Safety Alliance) is an unprecedented coalition of news organisations, freelance journalist associations and press freedom organisations working together to champion safe and responsible journalistic practices for freelance and local journalists worldwide. The Alliance facilitates collaborative initiatives to improve the safety of journalists exposed to danger. 

Please note the data collected through this form will be stored securely and the information will be accessible to the ACOS Alliance and relevant partners actively involved in safety training activities for freelance journalists worldwide. This form is helping us to reach out to individual freelancers when relevant opportunities for safety training arise, and to coordinate a response to current needs in partnership with news organisations and NGOs.  Completing this form does not guarantee a bursary.  


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