War Correspondent Training in the UK

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Future Voices
Future Voices offers training to journalists and students, assists in the development of new kit for journalists working in these environments and pushes for greater levels of editorial safety in the industry as a whole.

Future Voices is led by Chris Green, a journalism undergraduate at the University of the Creative Arts, but has interrupted his studies to develop Future Voices. Using money from his photography work for local newspapers and his full student loan, he set up the company and with the support of the West Britain newspaper developed some initial overseas training in Iraq with a domestic news agency in 2008.

The training courses currently on offer in the UK are four-day, intensive programmes: three-days on the estate in Hampshire covering everything from first aid, threats of abduction and kidnap to negotiating an embedded situation with foreign or British troops, as well as all the practicalities of trying to send their story from a remote location. The final day is a 24-hour scenario, where participants are sent into a simulated environment – in this case simulated with the help of safety organisations, the army and experience foreign correspondents – where they must make their own practical and ethical decisions for survival and getting their story filed.

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