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FREELANCERS and Sacrifice

WASHINGTON, DC. Day 13 of 40 — Janet Jarman (pictured here) is one of the freelance journalists featured in my upcoming documentary series, FREELANCERS with Bill Gentile. The global series is testament to the dedicated men and women who scour the earth — without the support or security that staff journalists typically enjoy — searching […]

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FREELANCERS and Technology

WASHINGTON, DC, Day 11 of 40 – Especially when I look back at some of the black and white images made when I first started in this profession, I see once again how it’s technology that has paved the way for the new breed of freelance foreign correspondent. In the 1970s and 80s when I […]

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FREELANCERS, War Room, Team

WASHINGTON, DC, Day 10 of 40 — Still asleep, the War Room is strewn with remnants of our struggle to fund post-production of our documentary series, “FREELANCERS.” Computers, charts, calendars listing goals and deadlines, strategy, offensive and counter-offensive. It all takes place here. We scored a significant victory yesterday: We hit the 25 percent mark […]

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FREELANCERS and the Changing Face of War Coverage

WASHINGTON, DC, Day 9 of 40 — As this article points out, the craft of conflict coverage is more dangerous than ever before. Despite this, into the fray go many freelancers who, like myself four decades ago, seek to take part in the broad conversation that is journalism — and to establish themselves as protagonists […]

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Freelancing with the Military

WASHINGTON, DC, Day 7 of 40 – I’ve never served in the military. But since my earliest days of freelancing in Central America to more recent days of freelancing in Iraq and Afghanistan, I’ve shared the experience of soldiering with countless members of numerous armed forces in many countries around the world. On this, Veteran’s […]

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FREELANCERS, Indiegogo and a Full-Time Job

WASHINGTON, DC, Day 4 of 40 – They warned me about this stage of my FREELANCERS project. Post-production. Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign. It’s a full-time job that keeps me running from predawn to late at night. But I want to get this story out, so I’m OK with the long hours. My story – my documentary […]

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