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Responsible media: Learning to survive the world’s difficult, remote and hostile environments

Volume 16, Issue 1

May, 2010

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Filer, S. (2010). Responsible media: Learning to survive the world’s difficult, remote and hostile environments. Pacific Journalism Review, 16(1): 125-132.
Reporting Wars
Author(s): Shaun Filer
Publication date: 
May, 2010

What should be considered ‘adequate’ preparation and support for journalists and media workers in difficult, remote and hostile environments? One would assume there would be numerous sources of feedback and contributions measuring the suitability of the training, as well as providing information regarding what improvements are necessary to ensure journalists are provided the best possible pre-deployment preparation. However, after working and observing developments in this area over several years, three main issues have presented themselves. First, there is little investigation or analysis being conducted into these training programmes. Second, there are few independent organisations working to standardise the training and support provided to journalists. Finally, the extent of training and support to the local correspondents, fixers and stringers in developing countries, that most international media organisation depend on in these locations, has become an unfortunate casualty of shrinking international news budgets.