Welcome to our 2017 and 2018 weekend seminars.

We will hold rotating 2-day seminars in Riot and Civil Unrest Reporting, Surveillance and Counter-Surveillance for Journalists, and Source Operations for Journalists in Non-Permissive Zones, all designed for journalists in the field.  Prospective trainees must be cleared to enroll.  Please see the Enrollment Procedures below.


Training Modules:



Riot and Civil Unrest Reporting

This seminar covers journalists' safety during civil commotion conditions at home and abroad.  in addition, we include techniques and strategies for navigating urban terrain and human terrain during riots and civil insurrection.  topics include:

  • Threats in civil disturbance
  • Working in teams
  • Cover and concealment
  • Law enforcement preparation and tactics
  • Protester's capabilities and intent
  • Briefing and debriefing
  • First aid and trauma aid knowledge
  • Equipment
  • Riot press briefings
  • Proper attire and credentials
  • Assimilation during unrest
  • Law enforcement commands and use of force
  • Lessons from Arab Spring protests
  • Spotting agitators, leaders, and undercover police


surveillance and counter-surveillance for journalists

This seminar is designed for journalists who may be targeted by state or private actors and put under surveillance.  topics include:

  • Types of surveillance
  • Vehicles and equipment
  • Surveillance and surveillance detection
  • Proper dress and behavior
  • Surveillance objectives
  • Surveillance detection
  • Counter-surveillance planning
  • Strategies to reveal surveillance
  • Use of cover
  • International circumstances: checkpoints


source operations in non-permissive zones

when running sources, journalists can benefit from principles and methods in human intelligence collection and counterintelligence.  we cover vetting sources, meetings and exchanges, and communication methods. topics include:

  • Types of sources
  • Liaisons, screenings, debriefings
  • Controlled Source Operations
  • Motivating factors for sources
  • Source reliability and credibility matrix
  • Meetings: place, time, and legend
  • Order of meetings
  • Reserve, emergency, and check meetings
  • Brush and accidental meetings
  • Communication systems
  • Dead letter box methods
  • Question types and questioning techniques
  • Study of interrogations and countermeasures