The Risks and Rewards of Solitude

FFR's Jack Losh latest article for World Press Photo's Witness online magazine looks at one aspect of freelance journalism that is often not mentioned - loneliness.

Staff correspondents are often bolstered by support units — an accompanying producer or security detail perhaps, a direct line to colleagues and the boss at base. In contrast, freelance journalists are often solitary, without the social network of a news bureau, embracing isolation in their search for a scoop away from the pack. Coupled with financial pressures and inbuilt job insecurity — plus a well-documented inability to withdraw from work — it all adds up to a psychological time-bomb.  Read the full article here and follow FFR's blog on Medium and Witness to keep up to date on issues affecting freelance journalists.