Just a decade ago, the only persons reporting on foreign issues and events were correspondents who traveled to foreign countries on assignment. Although there’s still no perfect substitute for in-person coverage, online resources now make it possible for writers to write on foreign events and issues without ever leaving home.
You are a candidate for being an “at-home foreign correspondent” if you:
Can accurately read and interpret a foreign language
Have specialized knowledge of a foreign country where that language is spoken
Have previously traveled to or lived in the country or countries you write about
Have online access
Have excellent research skills
Can think “outside the box”
You don’t have to be conversationally fluent, but you must be able to read and translate what you read with accuracy. Never rely on computer translation programs for this. If writing about another country where English is spoken, be familiar with that country’s English, its spelling, idioms, and taboo words or expressions.
Have these resources on your bookshelf or bookmarked in your browser:
An English/other language dictionary
A regular dictionary in the foreign language you’re reading
A pictorial dictionary (optional)
A verb conjugation book
A basic grammar text
A book of idioms
A book of synonyms
A correspondence guide
A national map and major city maps
You might also want to have country-specific reference materials on hand, such as the Business Traveller’s Guides published by The Economist.
Many countries have information from their national statistical bureaus online. Bookmark the one that applies to the country you want to research or write about. Other online resources are listed at the end of this article.
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