On the media: Becoming a freelance foreign correspondent

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With uprisings across the Middle East and North Africa setting a
relentless pace in this year's news agenda, media outlets have
frequently turned to freelances to cover events in countries where
they are without staff bureaus and wire services. The Frontline
Club, in association with the BBC College of Journalism, will be
bringing together a panel of freelancers who will discuss the
practicalities of life as a freelance foreign correspondent from
setting up in a country to finding and pitching stories and dealing
with the realities of conflict. In contrast to the conflicts in
Afghanistan and Iraq, the recent fighting in Libya was not subjec
to embedding restrictions and freelances were able to descend on
the country and compete to get to the frontline. Join us to discuss
the issues working in a war zone raise for freelances. Chaired by
Paddy O'Connell of BBC Radio 4's Broadcasting House. With: Tom
Finn, a freelance journalist currently based in Sana’a, Yemen. He
moved to Sana’a in August 2010 to work as an editor at the Yemen
Times. He has been covering Yemen's Arab uprising since January
writing mainly for The Guardian but also for TIME, Foreign Policy
Magazine, The Economist and Christian Science Monitor. In May his
blog was selected by Foreign Policy Magazine as “ recommended
reading” for Barack Obama about the Persian Gulf. He is Al-Jazeera
English's correspondent in Yemen. He also blogs on Yemen for the
Frontline Club. Twitter: @TomFinn2 Portia Walker, a freelance
journalist who spent the past year covering the Arab Spring. After
three years working for Al Jazeera English in London, she moved to
Yemen, where she was the stringer for the Economist, the Washington
Post, and briefly the Daily and Sunday Telegraph. After being
deported from Yemen in March while reporting on the increasingly
violent crackdown on anti-government demonstrators, she went to
Libya where she covered the war and its aftermath for the
Washington Post, the Independent, U


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