HEST: Hostile environment safety training

SPECIAL NOTE: This event is cancelled due to current circumstances. If you are already registered you will receive more information in due course. Otherwise, please contact Nathalie Labourdette.

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's it for

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

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 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

Faculty member




08 - 12 Jun 2020


Schloss Hexenagger, Munich

Registration details


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

Relevant link

Terrorism and the Media: A Handbook for Journalists


The participants will be accommodated in the castle Hexenagger

Partners and Sponsors


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

Contact detail

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