Foreign Correspondents and International Newsgathering: The Role of Fixers

1st Edition

Colleen Murrell

Routledge
Published February 5, 2018
Reference - 188 Pages
ISBN 9781138548428 - CAT# K375862
Series: Routledge Research in Journalism

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Summary

This book reveals that 'fixers'—local experts on whom foreign correspondents rely—play a much more significant role in international television newsgathering than has been documented or understood. Murrell explores the frames though which international reporting has traditionally been analysed and then shows that fixers, who have largely been dismissed by scholars as 'logistical aides', are in fact central to the day-to-day decision-making that takes place on-the-road. Murrell looks at why and how fixers are selected and what their significance is to foreign correspondence. She asks if fixers help introduce a local perspective into the international news agenda, or if fixers are simply ‘People Like Us’ (PLU). Also included are in-depth case studies of correspondents in Iraq and Indonesia.

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