The workshop, “Strengthening Digital Security, Physical Safety, and Psychological Care for Journalists” was organized by CFC Big Ideas for the United States Agency for Global Media (USAGM) on October 29-31, 2021, in Mokrin, Serbia.
The three-day workshop was targeted at addressing the increased attacks against journalists in Serbia, exacerbated by a continued culture of equipping journalists, especially those working in hostile environments, with basic skills and knowledge regarding personal safety and security.
As a result of covering the training program, consisting of fourteen theoretical and practical sessions, journalists were expected to gain a better understanding of how to address risks through rapid assessments, planning and preparation, secure their devices and data through digital security, recognize and deal with trauma and stress, and provide first aid in cases of medical emergency.
As for arranging the workshop, CFC Big Ideas’ team ensured smooth communication of all training-related materials to the participants, kept in constant touch with local trainers, and guaranteed that COVID-19 restrictions would be adhered to in order to provide full preparation for the event.
On site, a coordinator from CFC Big Ideas and a local Serbia-based coordinator were present all three days of the training to ensure the best experience possible for all participants.