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Ricardo Sandoval
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Bio (click to expand) picture Ricardo Sandoval is Assistant City Editor at the Sacramento Bee newspaper. He supervises the paper’s environment, science and regional development teams of reporters. Before joining The Bee, Sandoval was a foreign correspondent, based in Mexico City, for the Dallas Morning News and Knight Ridder Newspapers. Sandoval was born in Mexico and raised in San Diego, California. He graduated with a journalism degree from Humboldt State University in Northern California. His career has spanned three decades and has included award-winning coverage of California agriculture, immigration, the savings and loan scandal and the deregulation of public utility companies. His list of awards includes the Overseas Press Club, the InterAmerican Press Club, the Gerald Loeb prize for business journalism and two honors from the Northern California chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Sandoval co-authored — with his wife, journalist Susan Ferriss — the biography “The Fight in the Fields: Cesar Chavez and the Farmworkers Movement” published in 1997 by Harcourt.

Ronnie Lovler, vice chair
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Bio (click to expand) picture Ronnie Lovler is associate director of the Center for Integration and Improvement of Journalism at San Francisco State University. She is also senior writer for the nonprofit Newsdesk.org, and its public-interest news service, “News You Might Have Missed”. In addition to serving as international committee chair, Ronnie is a member of the executive board of the northern California chapter of SPJ. Ronnie taught journalism at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Florida before moving to San Francisco.

Ronnie’s journalism career spans several decades. She served as bureau chief and correspondent for CNN in Latin America for almost 10 years. During her time at CNN, she reported from every country in Latin America. She also worked for CBS News, The Weather Channel and The Associated Press, as well as The San Juan Star in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She was part of a team of observers headed by President Jimmy Carter monitoring electoral processes in Nicaragua (2001) and Venezuela (2004). During the 2005 U.S. hurricane season, Ms. Lovler worked with the American Red Cross as a volunteer crisis communicator and public information officer. She received her undergraduate degree from Ohio State University and her graduate degree in communications at the University of Florida.


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War Journalism Resources
Risky Assignments

In A Dangerous Job, Robert Leger writes about how journalists, too, have a role in the fight for freedom, and sometimes the risks of reporting are great. Sadly, the death of a journalist isn’t unusual. Last year, at least three dozen reporters were killed for doing their jobs. They asked questions, looked at records and reported what they found. They didn’t put on a uniform or carry a weapon, but they, too, were fighting for freedom.

The SPJ Fact Sheet on Foreign Press Credentials offers some general advice on obtaining and using press credentials outside your own country, based on the experience of foreign correspondents.



Safety
The International Federation of Journalists has a page of recommended safety links that covers everything from safety training, health and evacuation insurance for war zones, and where to buy a bullet-proof vest.

The Rory Peck Trust offers a training fund to enable freelance media workers worldwide to take safety training courses.

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Guides
The International Federation of Journalists offers Live News — A Survival Guide for Journalists that covers such topics as advance planning, covering riots, and how to survive when kidnapped.

The Committee to Project Journalists offers a very comprehensive guidebook, titled On Assignment: Covering Conflicts Safely [PDF]

Reporters Without Borders offers a guide [PDF] that answers such questions as what the rules are for survival in a war zone and how first aid should be given to someone who is injured.

London's National Union of Journalists offers a brief guide on protests, titled Advice for Photographers Covering Demonstrations.

The Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma offers an online self-study course about traumatic stress.

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Related Articles

— Quill, April 2003: Resources available for foreign correspondents by Tami Luhby
— Quill, March 2003: "I'm Addicted to War" by Maria Trombly
— Quill, February 2003: A Story of Conflict by Abe Aamidor
— Quill, November 2002: Women in war zones by Heidi Dietrich
— Quill, February 2002: War correspondence isn’t for the weak by Tim Judah
— Quill, December 2001: Ethics and War by Maria Trombly
— Brill's Content, September 2000: Deadly Competition by Peter Maas

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