HEST, Hostile Environment Safety Training

As a journalist, you need to be well equipped physically and mentally to face potential dangers when reporting in unsafe and unpredictable situations.

You will acquire the tools and knowledge needed to assess danger in war zones, areas of civil unrest and also urban uprisings, humanitarian crises, terrorist attacks as well as natural disasters.

HEST addresses your questions on safety, trauma and stress while you prepare stories under simulated hostile environments, in both rural and urban settings.

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  • Collection of participants from 17:30 to 18:00 at Munich airport
  • Course starting time: 19:30 at the Hexenagger castle


  • Course ending time: 16:30
  • Back to the Munich airport at 18:00

Who it's for

  • All media journalists and reporters
  • Cameramen and technical staff

What you'll come away with

  • Identify your strengths and weaknesses when reporting in hostile environments.
  • Better assess the risks of operating in extreme conditions.
  • Acquire essential tools to handle stress and safety.
  • Exchange experiences in a stimulating environment.

Content outline

  • Situation awareness and personal security
  • Planning how to get a story
  • Logistics and safety planning
  • Basic life-support course
  • Avoiding kidnap, surviving abduction
  • Stress management
  • Working with the military
  • Practical training in civil disturbance and operating safety in high risk urban areas
  • Practical training in a conflict environment
  • Medical and first aid (gunshot wound, heavy bleeding, brocken limbs)

Training team

Objective Safety Travel professionals

The team includes:

  • former senior officers,
  • trainers and operators from the British Special Forces,
  • front-line media professionals,
  • specialists in technical and IT security
  • medial experts


13 - 17 Apr 2015


Schloss Hexenagger, Munich

Registration Deadline

10 Apr 2015

Registration details

Fee: EUR 3'950/person

The registration fee includes instruction fees, all course material, meals, accommodation and transfer from/to Munich airport to/from the venue. It does not include travel costs to and from Munich.

Payment and cancellation policy


The participants will be accommodated in the castle Hexenagger

Working languages


Partners and Sponsors

Objective Team Ltd

Objective Safety Travel is our partner on all Eurovision ACADEMY Safety training courses.

Alternative dates

15 - 19 June 2015
21 - 25 Sept 2015
5 - 9 Oct 2015

Contact detail

Nathalie Labourdette
Head of EBU Academy
+41 22 717 21 46