It's unavoidable. The first year or two of any freelance journalist's life abroad is spent pitching. But things have changed since I started out in the 1990s. Today's wannabe foreign correspondents have to pitch by day, blog by night, and tweet whenever and wherever a story breaks.

Some do it all very well. And they find time to do the day job. Take a look at Iona Craig in Yemen and Rob Crilly in Pakistan.

It's with these various changes in mind, and the need these days for independent journalists to have a brand, that I put together the presentation below for the Frontline Club discussion about going solo as a foreign correspondent. It's based upon the Kigaliwire blog I created when I moved to Rwanda in August 2009.

I've never faced a bullet or worked in a conflict zone, but foreign correspondence is not all about danger. I hope this presentation gives wannabes some solid ideas about how to go about getting started. It's not all plain sailing and things will and do go wrong, but at least they will go interestingly wrong.

Frontline Club - solo foreign correspondent

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Graham Holliday (@noodlepie) is a foreign correspondent, photojournalist, university lecturer and BBC journalism trainer. He has worked on blogs, social media and citizen journalism projects since 2002.

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