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How to become a roaming reporter

While major newspapers, broadcasters and news agencies have staff reporters throughout the world, they also rely on stringers and freelancers to get the breaking story out from abroad. Some freelancers move from country to country, reporting from wherever they set up home, earning the title of roaming reporter or backpack journalist.

Here are three inspirational stories from roaming reporters living in Africa and Asia. One a print journalist, one a broadcaster, and the third a B2B writer.

There is also advice from the boss of GRN, an agency which finds international freelance reporters for major networks. This guide contains advice from those in the field, suggestions of how to follow in their footsteps, and details on how much you can expect to earn.

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