Reporters Without Borders Germany offers journalists from war zones and crisis areas the opportunity to take a break in Berlin for four months and complete a training program in digital security. The program is funded by the Berlin Senate Department for Economics, Energy, and Public Enterprises.
It aims to provide participants with practical knowledge and skills to protect themselves against digital threats such as surveillance or hacker attacks in their journalistic activities. In the second phase, with the support of the trainer team, the participants prepare their own training concept, through which they can pass on their newly acquired knowledge to colleagues in their home countries as trainers. In this way, journalists outside the scholarship program can also benefit from the digital security skills taught in the program. For 2023, a total of ten scholarships will be awarded to journalists from war zones and crisis areas for a period of four months each.
The main topics for this program would be:
- Holistic security basics for journalists, bloggers, media professionals, and citizen journalists at risk
- Operational security including risk assessments and security planning
- Online identity management for investigative journalists, including technical background and practical use of anonymization tools
- Secure online communication concepts, technology, and tools, including secure online conferencing for interviews
- Password and account security and data protection on social media and other online accounts for media work
- Device security for computers and mobile phones of journalists at risk
- Website security for media websites under attack
- Secure online and offline data storage including encryption for media files
- Online information verification and Open Source Intelligence
- They will cover the travel costs, take care of all visa-related matters,
- provide and pay for an apartment in Berlin for the duration of the scholarship,
- grant a monthly allowance of 900€/month, free use of public transportation in Berlin, and an extensive training program with qualified experts in the field of digital security.
- Furthermore, during their stay in Berlin, scholarship holders will be given insights into the activities of Reporters Without Borders, a globally-active journalist, and human rights organization.
Professional journalists, bloggers, media professionals, and citizen journalists
- are exposed to digital threats due to their work in their home regions.
- want to learn and work extensively with digital security in order to improve their personal security.
- are interested in passing on the knowledge acquired during the scholarship program to colleagues in their home regions and, ideally, already have some experience in teaching or other areas of knowledge transfer.
- are able and willing to fully participate in the program. We expect the applicants to be available for all activities of our program including the comprehensive training for digital security. Please plan with about 20 to 25 hours per week from the second until the fourth month of your stay in Berlin.
- The applicant must send a completed and signed application form, the completed questionnaire, your CV, and proof of identity(copy of your ID or your passport) as attachments in separate PDF documents (4 PDFs in total) via the Signal messenger service to +491636743853, or can mail to: rsf.digitalfreedom[at]protonmail. com.
- Application form link: https://www.reporter-ohne-grenzen.de/fileadmin/Redaktion/Dokumente/20231027_RSF_BSP_Applicationform_2023.pdf
Application Deadline: December 15, 2022Application ClosedOfficial link