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FIRE Tip Sheets convey expert guidance to help media outlets and freelance reporters arrange viable contracts for public-interest investigations. The tip sheets below look at the option of protecting freelancers from a media company’s viewpoint.

From an Outlet's perspective

Tip Sheets for publishers, broadcasters

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Doing it Right: The Smart Move of Protecting Freelancers  

Overview: Protecting freelancers isn't charitable or noble; it's savvy 


Why an Outlet Should Indemnify freelancers: #1: the common cause

Fair treatment of the freelancer brings little-known benefits to the public 


Why indemnify freelancers: #2: Business interests re-examined 

If you think limiting liability for freelance stories makes "business sense," look a bit closer


 Why protect freelancers: #3: Teamwork: the smart legal strategy 

Divided and conquered: The risk of splitting your defense team against a defamation suit 


Exploring the downside: Does adding a freelancer affect premiums? 

OK, maybe everybody benefits, but isn't there a cost? (Guess again)


The other side: So why don't outlets indemnify freelancers?

If it's so smart to do so, how come some outlets won't agree to protect reporters?


Outlet’s choice: Choosing insurance to protect freelancers 

The arcane world of insuring your freelancers, made plain

About the FIRE Tip Sheets

FIRE Tip Sheets highlight some of the key questions raised at a 2021 FIRE panel on freelancer liability. Future guides will address intellectual property, pay rates, and other key issues for freelancers. An annotated list of the complete FIRE Tip Sheets appears here

FIRE Tip Sheets are made available for educational and informational purposes only: They are not legal advice. FIRE makes no representation or warranty for any particular fitness of purpose and is not responsible for the effect of any reliance upon FIRE Tip Sheets or other information provided by FIRE. 

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