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Beacon: a new approach to journalism

March 4, 2014

Quite Alone

beirutgraffiti Friends and followers: I’m trying something new . This is a pitch for money.

I first heard about Beacon when Iona Craig, a freelance journalist for the Times in Yemen, tweeted that she had joined it. Then I saw that Gaar Adams, a UAE-based freelancer, was on it too. Gaar put me in touch with Dan Fletcher, one of Beacon’s founders, who encouraged me to join. I hesitated (I always do). I read more about Beacon.

Now I’m increasingly convinced Beacon is heading in the right direction. I’m joining to see how it works.

Three things are clear.

1 – There’s a massive amount of travel ‘content’ out there, but most of it is either dull as ditchwater or thinly-disguised advertorial (or both). Writing in 2011, travel writer Michael Jacobs (who died last month) found it hardly surprising that the genre has come to be seen as ‘banal…

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