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

  • Journalist, reporter, correspondent
  • Anchor
  • Producer
  • Cameramen and technical staff
  • Coordinator and Head of foreign news desk

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



Collection of participants from 13:00 to 13:30 at Munich airport
Reception and introduction to situation awareness and person safety module at 15:30 at the Castle Hexenagger


Course ending time: 16:30
Back to the 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




17 - 21 Sep 2018


Schloss Hexenagger, Munich

Registration Deadline

14 Sep 2018

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.

Relevant link

Terrorism and the Media: A Handbook for Journalists

Alternative dates

16 - 20 April 2018
18 - 22 June 2018
1 - 5 Oct. 2018


Contact detail

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

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