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  Ellie gets trained for dangerous reporting
Updated 30 May 2003, 18.38

Our newest reporter Ellie was sent on a special course where she learnt how to stay safe in dangerous environments like countries at war.

On the course Ellie learnt how to do lots of new things, like first aid and how to spot landmines.

It's important she learns these things so she's prepared to report on dangerous stories.

Ellie kept a diary for Newsround's website describing the week.


Monday:
Riot training
Riot training
Sometimes when you're reporting on events with lots of people, like demonstrations or football matches, things can get out of hand.
We started our week with training about how to cope with crowds, learning to stick together and protect ourselves and our equipment.

Tuesday:
Hopefully I'll never come into contact with guns, but when reporting in war-torn countries, it's good to know how to avoid getting caught in the cross-fire.
Today we learnt all about weapons - the different types and what they can do.

Wednesday:
Today, we were told all about something else unpleasant we may come into contact with in a country at war - landmines.
These are bombs underground that go off when you step on them.
They're now illegal, but you can still find them in some places where people are fighting. We discovered how to spot them.

Thursday:
A checkpoint
A checkpoint
Driving through countries at war, it's possible your car may be stopped at Vehicle Check Points.
These might be police checking passports, or they could be other groups that are less organised and more dangerous.
We learnt how to calm tense situations down with words and body language.

Friday:
This was the highlight of the week because I had a chance to put everything I'd learned into a practical exercise.
I got shot at, kidnapped and had to help casualties with the first aid skills I'd be taught during the week.
None of it was for real, but it made me imagine what it could be like being a war reporter.


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