On Anniversary of Tim Hetherington's Death, Sebastian Junger Teaches War Reporting Skills

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Tim Hetherington in February 2011

A year ago today, Chris Hondros, a New York-based photographer on assignment for Getty Images, and Tim Hetherington were killed while covering battles in Libya between government forces and rebels. Many of the details surrounding the incident are fuzzy, but Hetherington's family immediately released a statement claiming the pair was killed by injuries caused by a rocket-propelled grenade—Hondros from severe brain injuries brought on by shrapnel, and Hetherington from heavy bleeding around the leg.

Just days after Hetherington's funeral in London, long-time friend and celebrated war reporter Sebastian Junger, an Outside correspondent, began thinking about starting an organization that would provide freelance journalists with emergency medical training, according to an early report from the Huffington Post's Michael Calderone. That organization, RISC (short for "Reporters Instructed in Saving Colleagues"), is now in the middle of hosting its first three-day, 24-hour training session in New York.

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