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Investigating the Pandemic: Surviving as a Freelance Journalist
NOTE: This webinar includes Arabic and Russian interpretation.

If you think journalism is tough, try being a freelance journalist or an independent producer. Worse, try freelancing during a pandemic. COVID-19 has accelerated the crisis in journalism: staff reporters are being fired in unprecedented numbers, advertising revenue is weak at best, and commissioning budgets are being reduced. At the same time, the pandemic has crowded out other stories and investigations, restricted travel and, to top it off, prompted crackdowns by authorities around the world. It’s a tough time for freelancers and independents, even though they produce some of the best investigative stories.

In this GIJN webinar we bring together five senior investigative journalists, four with hard-won years of freelance experience and one who has commissioned and worked with freelancers and independents for decades.

Emmanuel Freudenthal, Safa Al Ahmad, Fisayo Soyombo, Cecilia Anesi and Tom Giles will suggest concrete steps to improve conditions for freelance investigative reporters, and share the best services and resources.

This one-hour webinar is free and designed for journalists interested in investigating the pandemic. It’s the sixteenth in a GIJN series, Investigating the Pandemic. Coming soon: using Open Source Info with an Africa focus. Watch our Twitter feed @gijn and newsletter (https://buff.ly/2Mxiyoq) for future events.

Jul 9, 2020 09:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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