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Baghdad bureaux : an exploration of the interconnected world of fixers and correspondents at the BBC and CNN

Murrell, Colleen 2010, Baghdad bureaux : an exploration of the interconnected world of fixers and correspondents at the BBC and CNN, Media, war & conflict, vol. 3, no. 2, pp. 125-137, doi: 10.1177/1750635210363338.

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Title Baghdad bureaux : an exploration of the interconnected world of fixers and correspondents at the BBC and CNN
Author(s) Murrell, Colleen
Journal name Media, war & conflict
Volume number 3
Issue number 2
Start page 125
End page 137
Total pages 13
Publisher Sage Publications Ltd.
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2010-08
ISSN 1750-6352
1750-6360
Keyword(s) foreign correspondents
international reporting
transnational broadcasting
fixers
Summary Post-war Iraq is so dangerous that Western television correspondents have been forced to change their modus operandi and rely more heavily on locally-hired fixers. This article asks if the virtual absence of overseas reporters from Iraq’s streets has led to a less authentic news gathering role. Conversely, it may have delivered a more nuanced form of editorial and logistical task-sharing. This research draws on interviews conducted in 2007 and 2008 with twenty foreign correspondents, two senior news managers and five fixers. It employs Bourdieu’s analysis of cultural capital as a framework to examine the exchange of different forms of power and expertise between the players. Where trust is now at the forefront of this news gathering relationship, this research deconstructs the methods by which fixers are recruited and deployed. A comparison is made between the news production techniques of foreign correspondents who employ fixers for short-term purposes and correspondents from the Baghdad bureaux of the BBC and CNN.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/1750635210363338
Field of Research 190301 Journalism Studies
200104 Media Studies
Socio Economic Objective 950204 The Media
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2010, The Author(s)
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30029407

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