Home New York Press Releases 2010 FBI Discusses the Basic Rules of Security for Covering Conflict Overseas

FBI Discusses the Basic Rules of Security for Covering Conflict Overseas

FBI New York April 05, 2010

ASAC Lauren Anderson speaking on international deployments
ASAC Lauren Anderson speaking on international deployments
Photo credit: FBI New York

On Wednesday, March 31st, Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) Lauren Anderson spoke to Columbia University School of Journalism students attending the Covering Conflicts course about the basic rules of security. The goal of the presentation was to enable students to formulate plans and assess risks to their own safety including the potential for illness, injury, becoming a crime victim, or even being kidnapped. ASAC Anderson provided specific examples from her own experiences in various countries including Algeria, Rwanda, and Afghanistan to demonstrate the essential steps a journalist ought to take prior to deployment abroad.

ASAC Anderson said, “As these students move on to careers in journalism, they will carry on their role of being the chief source of public information and opinion. This holds a key responsibility of taking the time to thoroughly researching the countries and cultures they will be covering to write more accurate narrative.

Professor Judith Matloff said, “I hope we can continue this relationship between Columbia and the FBI. I can't thank Lauren enough for her candor when discussing the conditions she worked under and what effect that had on her. Each year the students say that the presentations from FBI staff are the highlights of the term.”

*****Sign up for FBI e-mail alerts at www.fbi.gov by clicking on the red envelopes.*****

Follow the FBI on Twitter@ FBIPressOffice