Journalism is a fulfilling job – the best journalists will stop at nothing to expose the truth. It is a calling, and only the toughest weather through it. Journalism, especially travel journalism and investigative journalism, carries with it a certain amount of risk.
While it is known that journalism is dangerous, some gadgets are must-haves for keeping yourself — and the information you gathered — safe.
Travel journalists often find themselves in remote areas that lack mobile service coverage. To keep connected with the people on your team, as well as for emergency reasons, consider carrying a satellite phone. Singtel provides sufficient satellite bandwidth that covers the entirety of Asia and Africa. Even if areas are ravaged by storms, which often lead to limited mobile connectivity, you can make and receive calls at all times.
For undercover operations and dealing with dangerous leads, it is best to have a disposable phone at the ready. Disposable phones make it difficult to track your location, and it will protect your real identity. Disposable phones are cheap and come with a prepaid mobile plan. You can easily discard it as the need arises.
Conflict reports are especially difficult, but it is a must for dedicated journalists. Riots, terrorist attacks and villages locked in civil war must be covered, and the information disseminated to the rest of the world. However, covering conflicts is risky and poses a real physical threat. Tear gas, explosives and thrown projectiles can seriously injure or maim you. To protect your eyes, carry safety goggles with you at all times.
Spare Memory Cards and External Hard Drives
Naturally, a journalist should carry with him a number of recording devices. To protect the information you gather, always bring spare memory cards and external hard drives, making sure to create prodigious copies. Journalists are arrested all the time, and having a spare will protect the information even if a police officer or other parties erase your data.
As a journalist, know how to protect yourself and how to protect your information. Keep your press identification on you at all times, and be sure to work within the confines of the law. The gadgets can only do so much if you do not practice caution.