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.

Who it's for

  • Journalists, reporters, correspondants
  • Cameramen working in the field and technical staff
  • Heads of foreign news desk

Course objectives

  • 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



  • Collection of participants between 13:00 and 13:30 at Munich airport, please ensure that your flight lands by no later than 12:30
  • Reception and introduction to situation awareness and personal security module at 15:30 at the Castle Hexenagger


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

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, broken 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





14 - 18 sept. 2020


Schloss Hexenagger, Riedenburg, Germany


The participants will be accommodated in the castle Hexenagger

Langues de travail


Information Complémentaires

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

Covid-19 safety measures
Due to the extraordinary circumstances, EBU Academy and Objective Travel Safety have taken extra security measures. Please find more information on the HEST Covid-19 risk reduction measures here.

Partenaires et Sponsors


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


Nathalie Labourdette
Responsable EBU Academy
+41 22 717 21 46