This section provides a brief overview of basic first aid knowledge that might come in handy during any kind of journalistic assignment or commission, including civil unrest, environmental disaster, and many other situations.
The following Top Tips, Gear List and Resources represent a brief introduction to applying first aid. The information and resources are not comprehensive nor do they offer sufficient preparation for reporting in any war or conflict zone. We also provide a First Response Primer and CPR Primer for use in the absence of professional medical help during an emergency. These resources should not be used in lieu of seeking help from a medical professional in the event of a medical emergency! Consider taking an in-person CPR or First Aid training/workshop/class to be more knowledgeable about these methods and tools. We encourage you to review the more expansive list of first aid resources in the keyword-searchable J-SOS Safety Resource Database.
TRAUMA SHEERS/BANDAGE SCISSORS
JACKET HAT SOCKS
SANITIZER REPELLENT SUNBLOCK
You are a student journalist, covering election night at the headquarters of a far-right U.S. Senate candidate in Orange County, California who is expected to win. Roughly 100 people are protesting outside the campaign headquarters. After the race is called for the candidate’s more liberal opponent, tensions escalate outside as proponents of the different political groups clash. You are heading outside to report on the developing story when you hear what sounds like shots and screams. As you exit, people are running in various directions so you also run. As you seek cover behind a building, you notice a person hunched over on the sidewalk near you, breathing rapidly with their eyes closed. You approach to see how you can help.