How U.S. News Crews can Stay Safe During Civil Unrest

How U.S. News Crews can Stay Safe During Civil Unrest


The January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol building put a new focus on the safety of journalists based in America. In this U.S. election year, EBU Academy is offering the American-based correspondents of EBU members an opportunity to learn how to better protect themselves in civil unrest situations. Our 4.5 hours online will equip you with the knowledge to identify threats and reduce any risks to your and your crew’s personal safety. Taught online using instructor-led discussion, presentation, video examples and interactive teaching.

Target Audience

Staff that may deploy to and operate in these environments.

Course Outline

  • Threats Awareness.
  • Situational Awareness.
  • Improving safety with the use of good teamwork.
  • Reducing the risk from crushing.
  • Pre-deployment considerations.
  • Reducing the risk from thrown or falling objects.
  • Reducing risk from an incendiary threat.
  • Policing of public order, focusing on the US.
  • Reducing the risk from physical assault.
  • Disengaging safely from conflict situation.
  • Team extraction from a dense crowd.


Meet your faculty

Mal Geer

Managing Director

Mal is Managing Director of UK based security and training company, Prime.While he is extremely focussed on developing the business Mal’s real passion is to pass on knowledge to others through training.His successful army career of 22 years included time with UK Special Forces, completion of the French Commando selection and global experience of specialist training and operations.Mal then moved into training management for telecommunications company Newbridge Networks Ltd, latterly Alcatel, with a global responsibility for specialist technical training.

After a move to working with the broadcast media industry in 2000, he then created Prime in 2003.

Russell Mason

Training consultant

Russell assists with situational awareness training and security consultancy, working with UK based security and training company Prime, at both a domestic and international level. He completed 20 years in Her Majesty’s Armed Forces including extensive service working with the UK’s Airborne and Special Forces.

Thereafter Russell forged a second career as a security and training consultant, living and working in south, central and north America, Africa, Europe and the Middle East.