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Media Safety Advisor Training Courses

March 18th; May 27th; October 7th; November 11th 2024
£760.00 including accommodation and meals

Introducing our ground breaking new training course designed specifically for media safety advisors who accompany journalists and media personnel into hazardous environments. In today's ever-changing world, ensuring the safety of media professionals is paramount, and our comprehensive training equips advisors with the knowledge, skills, and strategies necessary to mitigate risks effectively.

Through a combination of theoretical instruction and practical exercises, participants will learn how to assess threats, develop robust security plans, and navigate challenging situations with confidence.  Our expert instructors, with extensive experience in hostile environments, will cover topics such as risk analysis, situational awareness, conflict resolution, and emergency response protocols.

Whether accompanying journalists to conflict zones, natural disaster areas, or hostile territories, our course prepares safety advisors to anticipate and address potential dangers proactively, safeguarding the well-being of both media personnel and themselves.

Who For:
This course welcomes participants from diverse industries, backgrounds, cultures, and religions, including but not limited to:

  • - Police

  • - Armed Forces

  • - Medical professionals

  • - Media production management

  • - Production crews

  • - Security industry professionals

  • - Fire and rescue personnel

  • - Emergency first responders

  • - Conflict and disaster rescue teams

  • - Health and safety advisors

What it Offers:
Media Safety Advisors (MSAs) are distinct from bodyguards or security guards. MSAs assist editorial managers in ensuring the safety of teams or individuals in the field. It's crucial for MSAs to understand actors, motivations, and the terrain to assess risks accurately. MSAs do not dictate news coverage but propose ways to mitigate risks and manage safety during story gathering.

Guardians offers a four-day course set in a picturesque woodland on the Herefordshire and Shropshire border, conveniently located 20 minutes from Wales. We limit the number of courses to five per year to ensure quality guidance tailored to our tasks and clients.  Guardians' Media Safety Advisors team specialises in supporting news crews, investigative journalists, filmmakers, and war photographers in diverse reporting environments.


This accredited course covers the following modules:

  • - Introduction to Global Media

  • - Media-related Health & Safety

  • - Communications & Digital Defense

  • - Journey Management & Road Craft

  • - The Filming Process & Responsibilities

  • - Documentation, Terminology, Legal Aspects & Press Freedom

  • - MSA Etiquette & Social Media

  • - Risk Assessment: Weapons, People, Political Factors, RoW (Rules of Engagement)

  • - Equipment, PPE, Safety Standards, Specialist Gear, Editorial Requirements

  • - Emergencies: Abduction, ISOPREP (Isolated Personnel Report), Immediate Actions, Active Attacker Response, Hibernation

  • - Diversity & Inclusion: Sexual Minorities, Gender Focus

  • - Trauma Awareness, Stress Management, Self-Care Best Practices

  • - Awareness of Vulnerable Groups: Immigrants, Refugees

  • - Understanding Sexual Violence Laws & Reporting

What You'll Gain:
This Level 3 MSA accreditation is designed for individuals seeking to advance their careers by mastering media safety and risk management. It's also valuable for current industry professionals, serving as a benchmark for ongoing professional development in a dynamic sector. The course combines theoretical lessons with practical exercises to enhance participants' awareness and skills.

Accommodation and meals are included.

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