What journalists carry on the front lines
I'm running a series on the bag content of conflict freelancers as a collaboration between the Matador Network and the Frontline Freelancers. Bag content posts were always extremely useful to me growing up as I planned trips abroad without a mentor telling me what I needed or didn't need so hopefully these have similar effects on others. Below are a selection of the first posts we've done together with a collection of talented journalists. Simply click the photos to view the full bag outline. The Frontline Freelance Register (FFR) is a representative body for freelancers, created and run by freelancers. It is an independent, ring-fenced entity which sits within the Frontline Club Charitable Trust with membership open to all freelance journalists working in conflict or foreign reporting. The FFR’s core objective is to support the physical and mental well-being of freelance journalists. In a world where staff jobs and fully paid foreign assignments are increasingly scarce, foreign and war reporting is dominated by freelancers, many of whom are deeply committed professionals doing outstanding work. At the same time, many of these freelancers lack the institutional support and the financial means to adequately manage the challenges of operating in dangerous environments in the long term. They also lack organised representation, often leaving them at the mercy of powerful media groups. FFR aims to help freelancers by providing them with a forum, a representative body, and a critical mass to face some of these challenges.