Tools for Broader Protection

Contract template and principles to debut at Sept. 28 panel

As reported previously, below, FIRE’s new Legal Consultancy has helped freelancers like Alexandria Bordas negotiate legal protection to enable their investigations. 

But individual intervention can only go so far. Most arrangements happen in isolation, beyond FIRE's direct-service capacity.

To help protect more stories, FIRE will be introducing a public version of our groundbreaking FIRE Contract Template for investigative freelancers—and the FIRE Contract Principles based on it.

Both documents should help all parties advance a new generation of investigative agreements. Both will be released at our panel next week. 

Again, please join Bordas, Mother Jones CEO Monika Bauerlein, and former Bloomberg News Global Media Counsel Charles Glasser, for “Freelance Contracts: a Public-interest Roundtable,” next Tuesday, September 28, 2021, at 4pm ET.  

We are expecting a spirited discussion geared to practical solutions. To register for the event, visit here


Laird Townsend, FIRE Director