After years working as a first responder, Chris Post has taken on the role of “second first responder” in his job as a photojournalist at the Associated Press. Post, executive director and safety advisor of the International Media Support Group, calls journalists “second first responders” in society.
September 7th, 2019 • 2019: San Antonio
Be safe rather than sorry: Journalists in the field
Journalists attacked or killed in action are becoming more numerous every day. EIJ News 19 talked to Chris Post, a first responder turned and Joe Vazquez, a reporter, about their experiences in the field.
Mass shootings in America seem to be a new norm. In 2017, there were over 300 shootings, and in 2018 the numbers continue to increase. This surge in violence does not discriminate. Violent mass shootings can happen on government property, in classrooms, in corporate offices, and, most recently, even in a newsroom.
September 8th, 2017 • 2017: Anaheim
Do’s and Don’ts for covering news in a dangerous situation
Whether you are covering a forest fire, a protest, a hurricane, or an earthquake, reporters can find themselves in dangerous situations. It’s a reality news crews, or journalists alone on assignment could face on assignment, and was the focus of a session Friday ““News Safety and Stress for Journalists: An Open Discussion” at the Excellence at Journalism Conference 2017 in Anaheim, California.
September 19th, 2015 • 2015: Orlando
What to do if you’re in the middle of an unruly protest
From the Occupy protests in 2011 to the recent Freddie Grey protests in Baltimore, journalists have been seeing more demonstrations across the country that have the potential to be violent. In the Stay Safe and Savvy session on day two of the Excellence in Journalism conference, members of The Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA), law enforcement and media came together to discuss ways of preventing and diffusing confrontational situations.