I was included in Ayesha Shakya's recent project on how Instagram is changing the way we're consuming news. She combined a great set of info into an easy guide for publishers and producers struggling to understand Instagram's Stories feature. Check it out here - including a short Instagram Stories clip from Newroz in northern Iraq.
I was included in a TIME Lightbox piece about how photographers are using Instagram Stories.
"It allows me to put the battle for Mosul in front of someone riding the bus to work in Texas or rocking their kid to bed in Indonesia. Stories allows me to put this crisis in their hands. That's powerful. As journalists struggle with ways to inform people about what's happening in the world, it seems foolish not to use it. It's clearly effective."
Read the full piece here.
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.
This is a repost from The Frontline Freelance Register.
The Frontline Freelance Register is joining forces with the Rory Peck Trust and the Frontline Club to bring you a live online stream of safety tips and advice. Three succinct online panel discussions will address the issues and answer questions about preparing you for working in hostile environments.
The discussions will take place at the Frontline Club and will be streamed on the Frontline Freelance Register site, here. You can check out some of the Rory Peck Trust resources for freelancers that will be discussed during the streams here.
It will kick off at 2:00PM on Tuesday 22 October. The session with be interactive. You can pose questions and start your own conversations during each segment by posting to #safetystream on Twitter any time from now and the conversation will continue after the event.
We’ll be covering:
- 2:00PM: Doing a risk assessment. We’ll get into the vital task of assessing the risks you may encounter on assignment. The Rory Peck Trust’s Risk Assessment resource can get you started.
- 2:30PM: Creating a communications plan. A rapid response is critical in a crisis situation, yet it’s often a weak spot in a freelancer’s preparations. This segment goes over what’s at stake. The Rory Peck Trust have produced a Communications Plan template that you can access now.
- 3:00PM: Digital security preparation. How you’re going to communicate securely on the ground and protect yourself digitally wraps up our sessions. We’ll be touching on topics that you can find in the Rory Peck Trust Digital Security resource.
Panelists to be confirmed.
Tweet us and tune in to the #safetystream.