Fixers, Stringers, and Foreign Crews:

The distribution of risks and emotions in crisis reporting

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Mass media provide full coverage of conflicts worldwide. However, little is known about the locals working behind the scenes assisting foreign media. The Fixers and Stringers project coordinated by the University of Amsterdam investigates the collaboration, emotions, and power relations among reporters, producers, fixers, and stringers working for foreign media in Israel/Palestine and Ukraine. 

This website is a place where you can find the latest project-related updates, but also a venue where fixers, producers, stringers, and other reporters can publish their stories.

Recent posts

Are you a journalist going to Ukraine? Don’t be a jerk

If you are a journalist planning to go to Ukraine to cover the threatening escalation of the war, you might need to work with local producers, fixers, or translators. Here are a few research-based tip…

Local collaborators of war journalists are even more vulnerable due to the pandemic

By Jessie van der Broek Johana Kotisova investigates the position of fixers and stringers in conflict zones They are indispensable in journalism, but their work is often overlooked: fixers, the locall…

“In the early phases of the war, we couldn’t even love”

Before 2014, Iryna worked as a media expert at the Kyiv-based Institute of Mass Information. After the Euromaidan protests broke out, journalists started to ask her for advice. “When the war started, …

Fixers & Stringers Newsletter 1

Fixers & Stringers: Why should you care? Mass media provide full coverage of conflicts worldwide. However, little is knownabout the locals working behind the scenes assisting foreign media. The EU…

The outsourcing of risk: beyond the myth of the war correspondent

The myth of the brave war correspondent neglects fixers: locals who help foreign correspondents to make news. But without them, informing from conflict zones is inconceivable – now more than ever befo…

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