Local experts, “fixers”, have been traditionally dismissed as “logistical aides” by scholars, writes Colleen Murrell of Deakin University Melbourne in her new book Foreign Correspondents and International Newsgathering – The role of Fixers.
The book, published by Routledge earlier this month, reveals that fixers have in fact a much more significant role in international newsgathering that has been understood. Murrell looks at the changing landscape and culture of foreign correspondence, and how correspondents actually use and rely on fixers.
Murrell has also included in-depth case studies of correspondents in Iraq and Indonesia.
The book is part of the series Routledge Research in Journalism. More information can be found here.