Hannah Storm

director International News Safety Institute

Hannah Storm is Director of the International News Safety Institute (INSI), a UK-registered charity, which provides safety advice and training to journalists working in difficult and dangerous situations, including conflict, post-conflict, civil unrest, natural and manmade disasters. Its members include many of the world's leading news organisations including the BBC, CNN, Reuters, Globo, AFP and NHK.

Since joining INSI in 2010, Storm has coordinated a virtual and physical safety network for members, allowing them to discuss their responses and share good practice for some of the most important security challenges of recent times - including the kidnapping of journalists, the Arab uprisings, the triple Japanese disaster of 2011, earthquakes, wildfires and hurricanes, as well as the terror threat from ISIS. She also works with members to help them understand the specific risks they face and offer advice in terms of how to mitigate and respond to them through workshops, consultations, safety audits and crisis management.

More recently, she has overseen the launch of an INSI survey with the world-renowned behavioural scientist Professor Anthony Feinstein, looking into the emotional affect on journalists of covering the refugee crisis. It is the first study of its kind and is likely to provide unique learning for how to manage trauma outside of traditional conflict.

Storm is the co-author of The Kidnapping of Journalists: Reporting from High Risk Conflict Zones written for the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford and No Woman's Land: On the Frontlines with Female Reporters, published by INSI, which explores the unique safety issues for women working in the media.

She also works as a freelance media consultant for different UN agencies with a specific focus on gender and media.

Before joining INSI, Storm spent more than a decade working as a journalist for television and radio, online and print for outlets including the BBC, The Times, Reuters and ITN. She has also worked for Oxfam.

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