Conflict Reporting Programme (CRG)

Welcome to our Conflict Reporting Guide (CRG) that will help journalists and photographers to live and tell the story of a war.

A great deal of news is “conflict” based and journalists are participants in the conflicts they cover. Though they may make every effort to be “objective,” this is difficult at best.

Complex conflicts are full of pitfalls for journalists, but the more one understands what is really going on in a conflict, and the role of the conflict journalist, the better the coverage can be.

If you weren’t lucky enough to have someone who helped you along the way, then you know first-hand the value of our Conflict Reporting Guide course programme. Our founder Vudi Xhymshiti, will take a moment to help you reflect on your educational and career journey. He will be your inspirational teacher and your co-worker who will show you the ropes of your educational and career pathway to conflict reporting.

Hostile Environment Training Limited
Our programme delivers development for adults and students to get involved, succeed, and excel in their conflict reporting journey.

Hostile environments exist in many emerging markets, which are normally undeveloped economies situated in countries often characterized by political conflict, high levels of corruption, weak law enforcement and extensive competitive malpractice. In partnership with Hostile Environment Training Ltd in the United Kingdom, VX Pictures Ltd will provide two weeks of training that is designed to help prepare for and mitigate risks and challenges inherent in operating in unfamiliar and hostile environments.

Upon completion of the Hostile Environment Awareness course, you will be better prepared and equipped to manage the threats that may result in the loss of life, limb and liberty. Apart from practical survival skills and knowledge in how to cope with a stressful hostage or a disaster situation, you will also learn the importance of information security. The training combines both theoretical and practical elements and is delivered to your employees by highly experienced professionals.

In our programme, you have the opportunity to connect with our exclusive skills and knowledge. This is a programme also for individuals (protégés) like you who need or want the same skills and advantages to progress in work, skill level, or on-field performance.

Hostile Environment Training Ltd and VX Pictures Ltd are experienced experts who will guide you in developing your skills, strategies and capabilities, enabling you to tackle the next hurdle more effectively with or without our presence.

This is a programme that is a great source of networking opportunities for young and mid-Career adults.
“The world’s best teachers aren’t always found in universities or classrooms.” V Xhymshiti

As your guide trainer in conflict reporting, I will be playing my part in ensuring that you have the tools and support you need to succeed. — Founder, Vudi Xhymshiti

Our course programme, tailored by experienced conflict reporter Vudi Xhymshiti will help you understand, prepare and be aware of how to effectively report from the countries in the crisis of war:

Our course will help you improve your social skills. Throughout our group of five one-to-one sessions, we will make you (young adults, students and career media personnel) a better leader by enabling you to relate to different kinds of people. The sessions are designed to help you develop strong and confident communication skills so that you can handle any situation.

Bolster self-esteem.

Provide career exploration: Our instructor will be your career counsellor, helping you to brainstorm career possibilities, define career goals and establish action plans to reach conflict reporting goals. We will also be a great source of networking opportunities for you.

Putting on personal protective gear during a riot in Kosovo in March 2015. (Photo/Agron Beqiri)

This programme is a powerful development tool that will help you achieve your personal and professional goals. It will successfully help you improve the following skills and capabilities:

  • Improve communication and personal skills.
  • Develop leadership and management qualities.
  • Reinforce your own study skills and knowledge of your subject(s).
  • Increase your confidence and motivation.

Our instructors will support and encourage you to manage your own learning so you can maximise your potential, develop your skills, improve your performance and become the conflict reporter you want to be.

The first week will be five+ hours either one-to-one or in a group of up to five people via Zoom with our founder and experienced conflict reporter Vudi Xhymshiti.

The second week will be a three to four days physical attendance (depending on whether you’re alone or with a group of five) at the training facilities of our Conflict Reporting Guide partner “Hostile Environment Training” in Andover, England, United Kingdom.

  1. The first week includes editorial preparation, hands-on practicalities of conflict reporting, research, insurance, communications planning, proof of life document, travel security and risk assessment, itinerary/schedule and communication with editors.
  2. The second week of the course will include First Aid Training, which is designed to be at the highest level of Hostile Environment Training available. You will also learn about Vehicle Safety and Security, Threat Risk and Mitigation, Radio and Voice Comms, Kidnap and Hostage, Landmines and IED’s, Conflict Management, Navigation Techniques and hands-on Weapon Familiarisation.

We will keep communications open with you. We will always offer feedback and support. The who, why, how, when and where will always be the subject of our discussion. The course is designed to initiate thriving conversations on developing an idea and subject, as well as your understanding of the Guide. Together, we will define expectations, actively participate and maintain an ethical and professional level of contact and communication. This is with the goal of empowering you and getting you to master the knowledge you aim for.

We expect you to be as follow:

  • Be upfront.
  • Remember that your instructor/trainer is there for you but is only a guide.
  • Review your goals.
  • Be polite and courteous.
  • Actively participate.
  • Be innovative and creative.
  • Get to know (yourself) and your Trainer.
  • Get productive and genuine interest in self-development.
  • Completely switch OFF your mobile phone devices throughout the day.

Our founder (lead-instructor) Vudi Xhymshiti, has taught classes as small as 12 students and larger classes exceeding 50 students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, as well as career photojournalists. In addition, he has successfully mentored 3rd generation of young aspiring photojournalists and journalists who have been assigned in various storytelling subjects from European newspapers to Pulitzer Centre on Crisis Reports as well as wire services.

Vudi Xhymshiti is 10+ years experienced photojournalist, whose work has been published in American, European and Middle Eastern media, from The New York Times, Time to Le Monde and Paris Match of France, Der Spiegel and Stern magazines of Germany, The Guardian and Times of England to Vanity Fair and La Republica of Italy.

He has covered significant social, political and cultural events from the Middle East to North Africa and Europe.

Through the course of his career, he has built strong classroom management and organisational skills and a thorough understanding of educational technology needed to facilitate his students’ learning experience.

Syria, Aleppo region, May 2012 — © Vudi Xhymshiti

Upon completion of his HEAT (Hostile Environment Awareness Training) course, our founder Vudi Xhymshiti and HET Limited agreed to a noble purpose of combining and sharing their wartime experience knowledge with the wartime experienced instructors of Hostile Environment Ltd for aspiring conflict reporters. Our aim is: for reporters and journalists to live and safely tell the stories that need to be told.

Hostile Environment Training provides training applicable to many sectors, from media to the pharmaceutical industry. The training is designed to help prepare for and mitigate risks and challenges inherent in operating in unfamiliar and often hostile environments. On completion of the Conflict Reporting Guide Course, which includes the Hostile Environment Awareness course, you will be better prepared and equipped to manage the threats surrounding you before, during and after the conflict reporting projects.

Apart from practical survival skills and knowledge in how to cope with a stressful hostage or a disaster situation, you will also learn the importance of information security.

The training combines both theoretical and practical elements and is delivered to you by highly experienced professionals.

The cost of the course is £2500 for a two-week course.

5% of the cost will be a dedication to Photojournalism Hub and another 5% to Independent Press and Documentary Photographers Club.

The cost will include one week of editorial preparation with our founder Vudi Xhymshiti, and three to four days hands-on attendance course with Hostile Environment Training Limited in Andover.

It will also pay 50% of your hotel and 100% of your transportation cost from the Hotel to the HEAT field training facilities and vice versa.

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CRG Cost


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