Freelance reporters learn to survive in war zones

Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — A former war reporter who lost a colleague in Libya is teaching freelance journalists how to survive in combat.

Best-selling writer Sebastian Junger (YUNG'-er) founded the group Reporters Instructed in Saving Colleagues to provide intensive first-aid training for freelance reporters working in conflict zones. The Committee to Protect Journalists says one in three journalists killed in 2011 was working on a freelance basis.

Junger's friend, photojournalist Tim Hetherington, died in 2011 while covering fighting between rebels and government forces in Libya.

The four-day training course is free for freelance reporters who have a record of reporting in conflict areas. Reporters learn survival skills including how to apply a tourniquet and stabilize a broken bone.

The group has trained 96 reporters in basic combat first aid.

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