The Pulitzer Center is pleased to announce, as part of the Rainforest Journalism Fund, that we are now accepting applications from journalists working in the Amazon region interested in taking a Hostile Environment/First Aid Training (HEFAT) course. The deadline for applications is May 20, 2019.
The Pulitzer Center will cover the costs of tuition, course materials, accommodations, food and non-alcoholic beverages for the duration of the course for the selected applicants. The course will be open to as many as 15 journalists selected from the Amazon region, including Rainforest Journalism Fund grantees.
The course, conducted by 1st Option Safety Group, will be tailored to the specific challenges of reporting in remote regions of the Amazon.The course will run from July 14th-July 18th, 2019 in Manaus, Brazil. Applicants must agree to arrive in Manaus, Brazil on Thursday July 11 and be available through Thursday July 18, 2019. Applicants for the training opportunity will be responsible for obtaining required travel visas.
The Pulitzer Center is a founding member of the ACOS (A Culture of Safety) Alliance, an unprecedented coalition of news organizations, freelance journalist associations and press freedom organizations 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.
1st Option Safety Group is a London-based security firm that runs courses for journalists operating in difficult areas of the world. The company's courses have been developed and continuously refined in close collaboration with key clients including BBC, ITN, Channel 4, CNN, NBC, Washington Post, Alaraby TV, Global Radio and many more. The courses are endorsed by the Rory Peck Trust and the Frontline Club.
Applications should be submitted using the Amazon Hostile Environment Training webform. Deadline for submissions is May 20, 2019.
Journalists selected for the training will be notified by May 28, 2019.