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Preparing Reporters for the Worst

A new venture in training journalists to be more prepared for dealing with injury in the field is already putting graduates out into the field.

RISC, founded by war journalist Sebastian Junger, is a nonprofit that gives battlefield first aid training to freelance journalists. Inspired by the knowledge that reporters on location could potentially save a life with some training, Junger got financial backing and started trainings.

RISC will give trainings in 2012 in NYC, London and Beirut.



Genevieve Belmaker
Genevieve Belmaker

Genevieve Belmaker is a freelance journalist and contributing editor with The Epoch Times ( She also contributes to Quill, the magazine of the Society of Professional Journalists and Her blog on journalism is

Genevieve has traveled throughout the U.S., Asia, Central America, Israel and the West Bank for reporting assignments, including major investigative reports on the recovery of New Orleans, the encroaching presence of China in Costa Rica and Nicaragua, the dangerous import of melamine-contaminated milk into the U.S. and settlement outposts in the West Bank. She regularly reports on issues related to journalism, and the work of journalists.

She holds a BA from the University of Southern California in International Relations, and has been a member of several prominent national and international professional media organizations, including the Society of Professional Journalists, Investigative Reporters and Editors, the International Women’s Media Foundation, the New York Press Club, and the Newswomen’s Club of New York. She lives in Jerusalem, Israel with her husband and son.

Areas of Focus:
New Media; Journalism; Culture and Society

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