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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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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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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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Backpack Documentary en Español at American U.

WASHINGTON, DC, 10 October 2017 — I’ll be teaching my “Backpack Documentary en Español” course in spring 2018. It’s the first-ever, all-Spanish course taught in American University’s School of Communication (SOC). And it’s a measure of the SOC’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. (Photo by Matt Cipollone)  

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