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Monday, December 12

So you want to be a foreign correspondent

Once in a while, I'll get an e-mail from a writer or journalist thinking about going off to South America for the adventure of becoming a freelance journalist, as if my experience from 25 years ago in Peru could still be relevant. I would recommend that anyone looking at that prospect check out Life as a Foreign Journalist on Cliff's blog. Cliff has been working out of Peru for the past year or so, and I've cited his articles and blog here several times. He gives a realistic assessment of some of the obstacles to making do as an overseas reporter all on his/her own. He also points to this article in Editor and Publisher.

I used to work as a fixer for a lot of outlets. One of the advantages of setting up appointments and even attending interviews is that the prestige of the big-name publication would rub off on me and allow me greater access the next time I called the source.

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