Personal safety for reporters

  • Event: 2019 IRE Conference
  • Speaker: Cathy Chapaty of National Women’s Martial Arts Federation
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Jun. 15 at 3:00pm
  • Location: Briargrove
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

According to Reporters Without Borders, 2018 was the worst year on record for violence against journalists. In this session, participants will learn personal safety strategies to keep themselves safe in the field. This is a physical, interactive session—yes, there will be kicking and punching! Participate to the level you feel comfortable, but remember that you’ll get out of it what you put in.

If you come: Wear normal clothes. Bring the tools you would take into the field.


Speaker Bios

  • CATHY CHAPATY is a 26-year martial arts veteran and fourth-degree taekwondo black belt who specializes in teaching martial arts to children and self-defense to women. She is the author of two books about Martial Arts. Chapaty is currently chair of the board for the National Women’s Martial Arts Federation and is an ambassador for the Association of Women Martial Arts Instructors.

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