2020 IWMF Hostile Environment and First Aid Training (HEFAT) Courses for US Women Journalists

Deadline: February 15, 2020.

The IWMF is committed to helping improve the ability of journalists to report safely in an increasingly complex world, and improve their situational awareness, self-defense and first aid skills. Since 2014, we have organized 44 Hostile Environment and First Aid Training (HEFAT) courses that have trained more than 600 journalists from diverse mediums, outlets, and levels of experience. HEFAT trainings typically last four days, with at least 50 percent of the course focused on training through practical, realistic scenarios.

The IWMF organizes safety training courses in conjunction with every IWMF reporting trip, to ensure that our fellows have the skills needed to operate safely in challenging environments. Additionally, the IWMF has organized trainings for local journalists through in-country training and in collaboration with members of the ACOS (A Culture of Safety) Alliance.


1. Designed for U.S.-based, women-identifying journalists with at least one year of full-time professional journalism experience.

2. A special emphasis will be placed on how to safely cover elections.

3. Student journalists may also apply to this course with a letter of support from an editor. 

4. The IWMF will select 16 journalists to participate, prioritizing reporters who have not received prior security training, especially journalists from underrepresented backgrounds, and journalists who report on politics. In addition, they will prioritize applications from North Carolina and surrounding states, although political reporters across the U.S. are invited to apply


The IWMF will cover all costs and arrange travel and lodging for all participants. 



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