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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 tips for avoiding unintended harm to your local collaborators and yourself and making your reporting mo…

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 locally-based collaborators who assist foreign war correspondents with their work. Since the outbreak of c…

“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, nobody was ready for that, including the journalists. They did not have bulletproof vests and they d…

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 before. The popular image of the war reporter – often based on real-life stories, such as the movie A Pr…