Specialized Training for Media and Public Relations Professionals

Overview

UNICRI’s specialized training aims to provide media and public relations professionals, as well as students planning a career in public information, with a deeper understanding of new security threats to states and citizens. The focus of the training is on cyber threats and chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) risks of a criminal, accidental or natural origin.

Today, information is one of our most powerful tools: it influences political decision-making and public opinion, establishing priorities and shaping the agenda of the international community. It reaches a wide-ranging audience instantly and provokes equally rapid reactions. This makes reporting and public information dissemination fundamental components in dealing with threats and complex security issues. Conversely, this can become a risk when dealing with sensitive matters of public concern where accurate coverage and reliability of sources are of utmost importance.

During and following cyber and CBRN emergencies, precise information is critical to generate appropriate levels of concern from governments and civil society. Public information professionals and journalists have to address priority issues that require a deep understanding and level of specialization to match the pressure and expectations of their daily work. Being objective, knowledgeable and responsible is crucial to reporting on security issues associated with new technological advances and globalization trends.

Two thematic areas will be addressed: the first investigates the consequences of an increasing dependence on digital infrastructure that fosters the risk of new cyber threats in a hyper-connected world. The second focuses on criminal use and accidents related to chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear material. Over the course of their training participants will become skilled in identifying, interpreting and communicating information regarding new hazards to states and citizens. They will acquire key tools to report facts and expand their professional network in a select, international environment.

Participants also have the option to select only one of the two thematic areas.

 

From the 3rd to the 14th February 2014 the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI) will organize a specialized training focused on cyber and chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) threats.

The lecturers are experienced international journalists, eminent scientists from nationally and internationally recognized academic and research institutions, as well as practitioners from international organizations dealing with CBRN risk mitigation and cyber crime.

This is a unique opportunity for media and public information professionals to deepen their knowledge of emerging security threats. Over the course of their training participants will become skilled in handling information related to new hazards to states and citizens. They will acquire key tools to report facts and expand their professional network in a select, international environment. Upon completion of the course UNICRI will grant a certificate of participation.

Organizer: The United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI)

Who should attend: The training is intended for journalists, public relations professionals, corporate communication managers and students who want to specialize in public information.

When: 3-14 February 2014

Where: The Specialized Training is held on the United Nations Campus in Turin, Italy.

Attendance: Participants may either attend the full-length training program (including Cyber and CBRN threats) or choose to attend just one module (Module 1: Cyber Threats; Module 2: CBRN Threats).

Application deadline: 15 December 2013.

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