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Below are several websites that offer practical safety advice that our users might find very helpful.
It might be worth also looking at our 'Social Network Security' advice page for some safety tips.
National/International Media Regulation Authorities
Across the world governments establish agencies to regulate the media and it's always a good idea to know the rules, especially when you are working within the media. Below is a small list of links to TV, broadcasting and other media regulation authorities around the world.
The Australian Press Council (APC) is responsible for promoting good standards of media practice, community access to information of public interest, and freedom of expression through the media in Australia. It covers newspapers, magazines and associated digital outlets.
Newspapers Canada provides a range of services to its members, advocating on their behalf and increasing the profile of the industry with advertisers, government and other stakeholders.
The Indian Newspaper Society (INS) acts as the Indian Newspaper Publishers Association. It promotes and safeguards the business interests of its members and also makes rules to govern the conduct of its members.
Print and Digital Media South Africa (PFMSA) is an umbrella body incorporating print and digital media. Currently the PDMSA membership includes more than 700 newspaper and magazine titles that cater for 4 different language groups. It is dedicated to promoting a free and independent press through close interaction with members and by working together across print and digital media.
The South African National Editors' Forum (Sanef) is a non-profit organization who are committed to championing South Africa's hard won freedom of expression and promoting quality, ethics and diversity within the Country's media.
IMPRESS (The Independent Monitor for the Press) is the first truly independent press regulator in the UK. It covers all written journalism online and offline and works in a Community Interest Company that has the power to decide on complaints which UK publishers cannot resolve.
IPSO - The Independent Press Standards Organisation is an independent regulator for the newspaper and magazine industry in the UK.
Regulatory bodies for broadcast media. It is worth noting that some of these also control regulation of internet media operations as well.
CENTRAL AMERICA AND CARIBBEAN
EUROPE (EU and Non-EU members)
Modeller (DaMo) -
This model Union was founded in 2010 by a group of Danish
models. The Union works to protect the models labour rights, including
issues related to:- health, child labour, wages, legal protection, and
If you are going abroad, we strongly recommend checking with your travel provider for all information about the location you are visiting or going to be working in. For extra information, please have a look at the websites below:-
Visas and immigration information supplied by a business called VisaCentral Switzerland Ltd.
depression and heart attacks are the biggest killers of those in the media.
If you are working in the media industry, the pressure can be very high and that
can lead to major psychological issues. This is especially apparent for those
who have personal attacks made on their character or appearance, say models
being told they are too fat or too slim. Bullying can negatively impact mental
health and well-being, which can lead to long lasting depressions and, in worse
cases, to suicide.
Another psychological trauma can be caused by seeing or hearing a horrific situation. For example, if you are a news reporter, you might whiteness a fatality or any other disturbing scenes that you won't be able to shake easily from your thoughts.
Having a job within the media industry also often requires working long, anti-social hours. That can sometimes result in sleep deprivation and seriously affect your well being. It is not just work related issues, personal issues like fallings of isolation can creep in, along with debt issues and even bereavement, all of them or just one of them can affect your ability to work and more importantly your physical and mental health. If things are getting you down, never let them get out of hand. See your doctor or a psychiatrist for help.
Both in Ireland or the UK, if you are in immediate danger because of thoughts of suicide or know anyone who is suicidal, you should call:- 999 or 112 now and receive help from trained mental health professionals. In UK you can also call:- 111.
Samaritans offer a crises service. You don't have to be suicidal to call this charity! They are available to talk to about anything all day, every day. Helping you to better understand and support people with mental health problems. They are not religious. They will not impose any personal attitudes or beliefs on you. All calls are FREE and completely confidential.
Mind is a registered charity in England and Wales, who provide mental health information support.
If you are in America (USA) and you are in immediate danger because of thoughts of suicide or know anyone who is suicidal, you should call:- 911 now and receive help from trained mental health professionals.
Other options for advice include:-
NSPL (National Suicide Prevention Lifeline) This service offers its users FREE, confidential crisis counselling 24 hours a day 7 days a week 365 days a year. You don't have to be suicidal to call!
A full list of International Hotlines can be located via:-
Suicide.Org who are a US based NON-PROFIT
First Aid Training
We cannot advise on the quality of individual training providers or the service they provide, but the links below, we hope, will help you to find a provider that can help you to learn first aid for your work and everyday life.
St John Ambulance. This is a leading First Aid Charity that provides health and safety training courses for thousands of companies, local authorities, and members of the public. Known also as SJA they operate
internationally, in 40 countries, like the UK, Malaysia, Australia and New Zealand.
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has 2 globally recognized emblems - the Red Cross and the Red Crescent - This is the fastest way to find one of the 2
groups that covers your area.
All listing on this page are used at the reader's own risk. Whilst every care is taken, we will not be held responsible for any content, information or purchases made on the sites or services listed above. If by any chance you find any dead links or links that have inappropriate content on them, please feel free to report it to us.