September 29, 2008 1:38 PM Subscribe
Help me find a job as a "conflict journalist" in Africa, the Middle East, or a war zone.
posted by xanthippe to Work & Money (8 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Asking on behalf of a good friend: He has extensive experience and a very solid resume as a journalist, and is fluent in 3 languages (English, German, Hungarian). He is currently working as a correspondent from his home country, and has successfully completed professional assignments in "conflict zones" such as Sudan, Chad and Afghanistan. He is mainly a writer but also a decent photojournalist.
However, he would like to turn his interest in conflict journalism into a career and be based in such a location for the long term, preferably in Africa. I suggested Kenya, Somalia, or the Ivory Coast as well as places he has already traveled to; he would be thrilled to take a position in Iraq or Afghanistan. Ideally he could have a permanent base somewhere in the region (East or West Africa, ME or West Asia?) and optionally travel as a regional correspondent.
So how can he find his dream job as a conflict journalist? Where to start the job search? I assume the sorts of positions he's interested in haven't got much competition, as they are so dangerous, and he is definitely qualified but not so much networked in the region. Does he have a good chance of finding a posting, and what action can he take to start networking and finding media companies, agencies, NGOs etc. that might employ him?