Fixers, Stringers, and Foreign Crews:

The distribution of risks and emotions in crisis reporting


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.

F&S Ukraine podcast

In this series of podcasts, we talk to a range of people and organisations involved in journalism and journalist safety about the things freelancers need to know in order to navigate reporting in Ukraine more safely.

Recent posts

The language of war: Human stories prevent casualties from becoming statistics

By Yaroslava Tymoshchuk On a September afternoon in Kramatorsk, Donetsk region, I take a selfie. My sunglasses reflect the railway station. I still have a few hours before my train goes to Kyiv, and I…

Even the most tragic story should be hopeful

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“We are working on the information front of the war”

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“No journalist is an island”: Transparency, trust, and “radical” conflict journalism

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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…

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