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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, Then. And Now.

WASHINGTON, DC, Day 8 of 40 — This is what “freelancing” looked like in the 1980s. No body armor. No helmet. And moving with great freedom among combatants on each side of the conflict. We enjoyed relative immunity from intentional violence. I stress “relative immunity” from “intentional” violence. Too many of my friends and colleagues […]

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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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Early Days as FREELANCER

WASHINGTON, DC, Day 3 of 40 — Look closely at the caption on this photo. Toward the end you will see “lg/William Gentile” The “lg” are the initials of the person who wrote this caption. The “William Gentile” is, of course, is my real, formal, name. Now I use the abbreviated form of “Bill” on […]

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Day 2 of FREELANCERS and Indiegogo

WASHINGTON, DC, Day 2 of 40 — This is how I start most days. Before dawn and firing up some espresso coffee. Today is a bit different because it’s Day 2 of a 40-day Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign for my documentary series, FREELANCERS with Bill Gentile. I’m up earlier and staying up later than usual. See […]

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Juggling Journalism and Unemployment in Mexico

MEXICO CITY, 11 March 2017 — A juggling clown practices his craft for money from passersby at a busy intersection in the Mexican capital. Unemployment and underemployment have been nagging problems for Mexico since I’ve known the country, which is for the past 40 years. I returned to Mexico in March 2017 to shoot the […]

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