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Fixers and foreign correspondents : news production and autonomy

Murrell, Colleen 2009, Fixers and foreign correspondents : news production and autonomy, Australian journalism review, vol. 31, no. 1, pp. 5-17.

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Title Fixers and foreign correspondents : news production and autonomy
Author(s) Murrell, Colleen
Journal name Australian journalism review
Volume number 31
Issue number 1
Start page 5
End page 17
Total pages 12
Publisher Journalism Education Association
Place of publication St. Lucia, Qld.
Publication date 2009-07
ISSN 0810-2686
Summary The television foreign correspondent's licence to roam and generate news is increasingly under threat. This paper concentrates on the micro production processes of today s correspondent as he or she goes about the job of newsgathering 'on the road', and considers the changing nature of the correspondent's autonomy. It inserts the missing character in foreign newsgathering - the locally hired fixer - and explores how this person affects the correspondent's autonomy. An analysis of interviews with 20 foreign correspondents and five fixers leads to the conclusion that the foreign correspondent is rarely the sole editorial figure on the road but is instead the main actor representing the creative interplay of a succession of fixers or 'local producers'. This deconstruction of the ways in which a correspondent builds an ad-hoc newsgathering team each time he or she lands in d new place allows for a deeper understanding of the modus operandi of reporters.
Language eng
Field of Research 190301 Journalism Studies
200104 Media Studies
Socio Economic Objective 890405 Radio and Television Broadcasting
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
HERDC collection year 2009
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30016714

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