Tim Crockett/CPJ Guest Blogger

Tim Crockett is a former U.K. Special Forces commando and the chief executive officer of Pioneer Consulting Group, a security training and consulting firm. He is a security adviser to CNN, and accompanied a three-person CNN crew led by international correspondent Arwa Damon to Homs, Syria, last March.

The Baba Amr district of Homs in March 2011. (AFP/Shaam News Network)

Preparation helps freelancers survive, thrive

When the story is so important but the risks are so high, journalists must keep safety at the forefront of their thinking. That’s especially true for freelancers who often do not have the support of a large news organization. Preparation, peer networking, and smart planning can help improve the odds of not only surviving hostile…

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