Safety 2016 – Reporting Fellowship for the 12th Conference on Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion

Meet the 2016 Fellows here.

Location: Tampere, Finland
Program Dates: September 17-21, 2016

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 5 million people die each year as a result of injuries, accounting for 9% of deaths globally. This includes injuries from traffic crashes, acts of violence against oneself or others, burns, drowning, falls, poisonings, among other causes. The 12th World Conference on Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion, hosted in Tampere, Finland, brought together the world’s leading researchers, practitioners, policymakers and advocates in the field of injury prevention to discuss the application of best practices to policies and programs worldwide. More information about the conference and the program is available here.

To help improve coverage of this global public health topic, the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) with the support of WHO selected 14 journalists from around the world for the Safety 2016 Reporting Fellowship. The 14 journalists attended a workshop on injury prevention on Sept. 17-18, 2016. The fellows then participated in and reported on the Safety 2016 conference from Sept. 18-21, 2016.

The workshop gave the reporters an opportunity to improve their understanding of injury prevention - in particular of road safety - and to interact directly with global experts as they developed stories. The selected fellows also learned about cutting-edge digital tools and techniques to bolster their reporting on injury prevention.

The workshop was designed to help the Safety 2016 Fellows to improve and enhance story ideas proposed as part of the program-application process. They learned to use a variety of data on the prevalence of injuries and concepts related to interventions. The instructor encouraged them to use these data for evidence-based and solutions-based stories on topics discussed at the conference. By the end of the workshop, the fellows said they had a fuller understanding and awareness of this under-reported topic and were equipped with action plans and resources to ensure the development of stories during and after the conference.

Useful links:
Conference home page
World Health Organization resources on injury prevention
World Health Organization guide: Reporting on Road Safety

If you have questions, please contact ICFJ's Cassandra Balfour,

This initiative is part of the media capacity development component of the current Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety (BIGRS) 2015-2019

We are no longer accepting applications for this program.