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FREELANCERS and “fixers”

WASHINGTON, DC, Day 15 of 40 — Milton Martinez Estrada (R) is a quintessential journalism “fixer” based in the Mexican border city of Nogales. A correspondent for the Mexican magazine Proceso, he also provides logistical support, arranges interviews and advises visiting journalists on where they can safely work – and where they cannot. Milton’s services […]

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FREELANCERS and the New Foreign Correspondents

WASHINGTON, DC, Day 14 of 40 — I interview freelance photojournalist Meghan Dhaliwal in her Mexico City apartment for the upcoming pilot of my series, FREELANCERS with Bill Gentile. While downing my first round of espresso coffee this morning, I was delighted to see Meghan’s images published in this VICE story about trans women in […]

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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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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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FREELANCERS Launches Crowdfunding Campaign

WASHINGTON, DC, 6 November 2017 — This is what my life will look like, for the most part, during the next 40 days. A computer, a view of my back yard — and lots of coffee. We’ve just launched an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign for my documentary series, FREELANCERS with Bill Gentile, and are heading full […]

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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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