The ACOS Alliance, in partnership with IREX, is offering 12 FREE slots for freelance and local journalist based in East Africa to participate in a three-day safety training course.  The course will take place in Nairobi, Kenya from 7th to 9th August 2024 (travel days excluded).

We strongly encourage freelance and local journalists who come from a diverse range of underrepresented social and economic backgrounds in East Africa to apply.

The deadline for applications is 5th July 2024 @ 11:59pm EAT. 

About the course:

In line with the ACOS Alliance Safety Principles, the course is designed to help journalists who face risks and safety challenges in their work to be better prepared. 

Comprised of classroom and group discussion work interspersed with practical exercises to build skills and confidence, the training will also pay attention to digital security, psychological safety, and first aid, taught by an experienced and qualified medic. The course will be in English. 

The ACOS Alliance and IREX will cover the course fee, meals and three nights' accommodation during the length of the course. There are a limited number of travel grants available for those based out of Kenya. 


About the organizations: 

The ACOS Alliance is a global coalition of 150+ news organisations, freelance journalist associations and press freedom organisations working together to champion safe and responsible journalistic practices for freelance and local journalists worldwide. We are committed to finding and implementing practical and effective initiatives that enable newsrooms and freelancers to access the resources they need to meet basic safety standards outlines in the Freelance Journalists Safety Principles.  

IREX is a global development and education organisation. SAFE is IREX's flagship program that equips individuals with the means to resiliently continue their important work, and manage—as well as mitigate—the risks and threats they face in their day-to-day work. SAFE addresses safety through the unique lens of digital identity, physical awareness, and psychosocial care by delivering trainings in five regions spanning the globe.

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The ACOS Alliance is launching its first Editor Cohort Training Program, bringing together small groups of editors and news managers based in Sub-Saharan Africa to complete the online course The Fundamentals of Safe Commissioning and receive a tailored training experience. 

We are offering 10 FREE slots to editors, newsroom managers, and senior journalists who are actively commissioning stories and are involved in editorial decision-making processes within their newsrooms. Participants will receive a cohort certificate of completion after the course. 

We strongly encourage editors, newsroom managers, and senior journalists working in a diverse range of underrepresented newsrooms in Sub-Saharan Africa to apply.

 Objectives of the program:

  • To provide access to tailored safety training to editors and newsroom managers
  • To empower editors to adopt and implement best safe commissioning practices and create/improve safety protocols, with a focus on freelancers, and vulnerable and under-resourced journalists
  • To foster a culture of safety within news organizations
  • To foster the creation of editor’s networks who can share experiences and best practices in journalist safety.

The program runs for four weeks starting 3rd August to 31st August 2024 and it includes access to the The Fundamentals of Safe Commissioning self-paced online course, three webinars spread out over one month on Saturdays, and a one-to-one 60 minute advisory after completing the course. 

The minimum time commitment for participating in the cohort is 15 hours over four weeks, distributed in the following ways: 

  • A total of 5 1/2 hours to participate in all the webinars (1 webinar -90 minutes-once a week)
  • Between 5 to 7 hours to complete the self-paced online course (the course can be taken in one go or in stages within the webinars)
  • 4 hours for self-reflection and implementation (within the course)
  • A one-to-one 60 minute advisory (at the end of the course). 

All sessions will take place remotely on Zoom and will be conducted in English.

The ACOS Alliance is keen to evaluate the impact and performance of this program, and participants are expected to provide comprehensive feedback.

Deadline to apply: Friday, July 12 @ 11:59pm EAT.


About ACOS Alliance

The ACOS Alliance is a unique global coalition of 150 news organizations, journalist associations and press freedom NGOs working together to champion safe and responsible practice, with a focus on freelance and local journalists. ACOS leverages the expertise and resources of its stakeholders to democratize access to safety expertise and training for under-resourced journalists and newsrooms; raises safety standards through the Freelance Journalist Safety Principles; and advances safety best practice and innovation through cross-industry collaboration and coordination. 

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