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Mr. Oghana said writing on spec means “no one has your back. If something goes wrong, you have no institutional support. You’re alone. No one to coordinate a release if you’re kidnapped, to help you seek medical assistance, to notify your loved ones if something bad happens,” Mr. Oghana told The Observer. “It also means you have less credibility in the field. If you are kidnapped and accused of being a spy, you don’t really have much evidence to disprove it.”

Wary of Staff in Harm’s Way, Editors Leave War Coverage to $70 Stringers


by Emily Anne Epstein at 2013-09-25 16:05:58 UTC | Bookmark | | Report spam→

check this: http://frontlinefreelance.org/

by randbild | 28 Sep 2013 18:09 | Bodo, Norway | | Report spam→
Newbiest on the ground or would-like war reporters should read this before:

by randbild | 29 Sep 2013 08:09 | Bodo, Norway | | Report spam→
In my opinion both articles bring the situation pretty much down to the point:
At this time Syria is probably the most difficult place you could go to cover a conflict. The revolutionaries are not heterogeneous at all and there are no safe places or exit routes. The conflict draws scores of religious motivated fighters; some of them so extreme and unpredictable that they are even frown upon by people like Al Nusrah. Therefor it’s just a logical consequence that editors are by now extremely hesitant which results in steadily less – and also less reliable – news from there. This in turn draws newbies who have no idea what they are getting themselves in to (some even try to have their insanity crowd-funded http://bit.ly/1fAh9uz) and who are willing to work for nearly no other benefit than exposure.
The best advise you can give to somebody who wants to go to Syria at this time, is probably to skip this thought ASAP. – At least until the situation changes to the better; something I very much doubt for the foreseeable future.

by Jan Nicolas | 29 Sep 2013 15:09 (ed. Sep 29 2013) | Poznan, Poland | | Report spam→

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