Types of Training

Hostile environments

Since 2004, we have provided basic safety training free of charge to over 2,500 news media personnel in more than 30 countries. The training consists of tailor-made packages designed to meet the needs of local and regional journalists, addressing their specific requirements. INSI’s training helps journalists working in the world’s most dangerous places to survive the story.

Each training course is individually designed to mitigate the specific risks that journalists tell us they face in their country. Our modules include:

  • First aid
  • Planning, preparation and risk
  • Terrorism including dealing with lone gunmen
  • Weapons
  • Safety equipment
  • Working in crowds
  • Hiding your identity
  • Anti-surveillance techniques
  • Hiding cameras and information
  • Landmines

Training of trainers (ToT)

We teach local journalists to train their colleagues in safety and security subjects, creating a more sustainable safety environment for the media in the countries where we work. The trained trainers form a growing cadre of professionals who are supported and mentored by INSI and act as examples of best safety practice to media professionals in their home countries. Safety courses taught by local people are a cost effective and culturally sensitive way to spread a climate of safety and security to local newsrooms which otherwise might miss out on this potentially lifesaving information.

Female safety

The safety of women journalists is a priority for INSI. For many years we have been the leading provider of safety information, advice and training to women working in the news media whose jobs take them to dangerous and challenging places, and we are widely regarded as the industry expert in this area. INSI was the first media support organisation to pilot female specific training for journalists by female trainers. Our courses have taken us around the world from Egypt and Lebanon to the Democratic Republic of Congo, to countries where the threat against women journalists is extreme. As with our hostile environment training, the curriculum is carefully tailored to address the specific challenges faced by women journalists in their own country so no two courses are exactly alike, though all are tailored to working in hostile environments, taking cultural issues into consideration.


At a time when media workers are increasingly coming under threat and say they have never felt so unsafe, INSI believes safety training needs to become a staple on the curriculum at journalism schools. The news industry is starting to take safety more seriously, but there is still a lot to be done to ensure that students go into the profession aware of the risks and how to manage them. At INSI we help students face and mitigate those risks with workshops in planning and preparation, basic first aid, situational awareness and working in crowds.