Deakin University
Browse
murrell-fixersandforeign-2009.pdf (794.27 kB)

Fixers and foreign correspondents : news production and autonomy

Download (794.27 kB)
journal contribution
posted on 2009-07-01, 00:00 authored by Colleen Murrell
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.

History

Journal

Australian journalism review

Volume

31

Issue

1

Pagination

5 - 17

Publisher

Journalism Education Association

Location

St. Lucia, Qld.

ISSN

0810-2686

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal; C Journal article

Copyright notice

2009, Journalism Education Association

Usage metrics

    Research Publications

    Categories

    No categories selected

    Keywords

    Exports

    RefWorks
    BibTeX
    Ref. manager
    Endnote
    DataCite
    NLM
    DC