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The

Travel Writer’s G uidebook


Contents

1. READERS Always place the needs and

interests of the readers first.

2. BETTERMENT

Strive for the betterment of

the world and all its inhabitants.

..

3. INDEPENDENCE

Remain independent from all outside influence.

4. ACCOUNTABILITY

Stand accountable for your actions.

5. AUTHENTICITY

Strive to communicate the authentic people, places and cultures you write of.

6. TRANSPARENCY

Provide complete transparency when communicating your experiences, thoughts and motivations.


PREAMBLE A

s a professional travel journalists, you should operate as a communicator of foreign cultures, events and people. You should strive for the betterment of the world athrough actions that require to write with integrity, fairness and independence. As a conscientious journalist, you should hold yourself to the highest of expectations and consider yourself personally accountable for any choices or actions you make.


Always place the needs and interests of the readers first.

When choosing where to go and what to cover, keep your reader’s expectations in mind, as well as what would benefit their well-being and general knowledge the most.


Remember that your loyalties should lie first and foremost with your readers; take them into account with every choice you make.

Readers


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Strive for the betterment of the world and its inhabitants. Work to resolve global, national & local problems to the best of your ability.

Strive to be as unobtrusive and humble as possible.


Show sensitivity, respect and integrity to all those with whom you interact.

Be sure to thoroughly explain your intentions to everyone involved.

Do not exacerbate current or outdated stereotypes and/or bias.


I

ndependence Readily admit conflicts of interest, real or perceived, and do your best to avoid them. This includes refusing attempts to pay for your experiences, even if no expectations are made vocal.


Be wary of those seeking fame or influence over your writing and be sure the words and thoughts are your own, unless properly labeled.

Remain independent from all outside influence.


Accountability Stand accountable for your own actions.


Respect all laws or cultural expectations, both foreign and domestic.

Take adequate time to ponder your words and the implications they may have.

Be honest with yourself about all personal bias and strive to eradicate them from your work.

Amit any mistakes and strive to fix them promptly.


Authenticity Conceal your identity as a journalist, unless absolutely necessary, to ensure you are treated the same way your readers would be treated. If your identity is compromised discuss with your editors if the coverage was compromised in any way.

Strive to communicate the authentic people, places and cultures you write of.


Resist all staged opportunities and be vigilant and courageous in your pursuit of the real experiences.

Seek the opinion of those at the highest standards for their profession in order to gain a more thorough understanding of that which you may not fully understand.


T

ransparency Use images and video only to clarify or emphasize your words, they should not stand alone they may be too easily misunderstood - and should never be altered in a way that misconstrues their original meaning.

Provide complete transparency when communicating your experiences, thoughts and motivations.


Always reveal the intentions and driving forces behind your actions, thoughts and words. This includes who paid for what and who suggested certain experiences.

Clarify and explain everything you witness, partake in or hear about, with respect to context of the piece you are writing.


Professional Values 1. Always place the needs and interests of the readers first.

• When choosing where to go and what to cover, keep your readers expectations in mind, as well as what would benefit their well-being and general knowledge the most. • Remember that your loyalties should lie first and foremost with your readers; take them into account with every choice you make.

• Show sensitivity, respect and integrity to all those with whom you interact. • Strive to be as unobtrusive and humble as possible. • Work to resolve global, national & local problems to the best of your ability. • Do not exacerbate current or outdated stereotypes and/or bias.

• Be wary of those seeking fame or influence over your writing and be sure the words and thoughts are your own, unless properly labeled. • Readily admit conflicts of interest, real or perceived, and do your best to avoid them. This includes refusing attempts to pay for your experiences, even if no expectations are made vocal.

• Respect all laws or cultural expectations of the places you visit, as well as those of your homeland. • Take adequate time to ponder your words and the implications they may have. • Be honest with yourself about all personal bias and strive to eradicate them from your work. • Amit any mistakes and strive to fix them promptly.

• Resist all staged opportunities and be vigilant and courageous in your pursuit of the genuine experience. • Seek the opinion of those at the highest standards for their profession in order to gain a more thorough understanding of that which you may not fully understand. • Conceal your identity as a journalist unless absolutely necessary to ensure you are treated the same way your readers would be treated. If your identity is compromised discuss with your editors if the coverage was compromised in any way.

• Use images and video only to clarify or emphasize your words. They should not stand alone, as they may be too easily misunderstood, and should never be altered in a way that misconstrues their original meaning. • Always reveal the intentions and driving forces behind your actions, thoughts and words. This includes revealing who paid for what and who suggested certain aspects of your visit. • Clarify and explain everything you witness, partake in or hear about with respect to context of the piece you are writing and your expected readers.

2. Strive for the betterment of the world and its inhabitants.

3. Remain independent from all outside influence.

4. Stand accountable for your own actions.

5. Strive to communicate the authentic people, places and cultures you write of.

6. Provide complete transparency when communicating your experiences, thoughts and motivations.


Summary

“The traveler sees what he sees, the tourist sees what he has come to see.” - G. K. Chesterton

“If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins.” -Benjamin Franklin The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say. -Anaïs Nin

A traveler without observation is a bird without wings.” – Moslih Eddin Saadi


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