MASTER CLASSDepartment / Unit Academy Media

Hostile Environment Safety Training (HEST)

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.



Collection of participants from 14:30 to 15:00 at Munich airport

Reception & Intro to situation awareness and person safety module from 17:00 to 19:00 at the Castle Hexenagger


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 learn

  • 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, including:

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


"Suzana and I have spent an intense and incredible week in Hexenagger castle, located in Bavaria. Before leaving to Germany, a lot of questions came into our minds, first about the course, then about the fact that the translation of the name of the castle is the "field of witches". The castle is very old and spending four nights in it, having dinner every evening in its big dining room, made the experience even more special.

The course itself is a must for journalists, producers and technical personnel working on the field and exposed to volatile situations. That said, it is very useful as well to people who are not travelling, because as we perfectly know, today's context marked with terrorism shows that dramatic situations can happen anywhere anytime.

So the main goal of the course is to help media professionals for assignments under extreme conditions. The course consists of lectures and exchange of experience by professionals who were often exposed, and an important part is dedicated to first medical aid, obviously extremely helpful anywhere. All of it contains practical exercises. We will not go further into details because anyone going there should not know too much about the course, for a matter of efficiency. If you already know what to expect, it will not have the same impact.

We have spent a great week there, learned a lot, exchanged experiences with colleagues working all over the world, and we are deeply happy that we were given this possibility."

Nicolas and Suzana, news producers at EBU


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HEST, April 2017



19 - 23 Jun 2017


Schloss Hexenagger, Munich

Registration Deadline

16 Jun 2017

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 Safety Travel Ltd.

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

Alternative dates

18 - 22 Sept 2017

9 - 13 Oct 2017


Contact details

Nathalie Labourdette
Head of EBU Academy

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