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Lindsay Palmer

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190680824

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190680824.001.0001

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Defining the Labor: What Do News Fixers Do?

(p.1) 1 Introduction
The Fixers

Lindsay Palmer

Oxford University Press

The introduction to this book begins with a detailed description of what news fixers are and how their work has evolved over time. Since the book focuses primarily on news fixing in the 21st century, the introduction historicizes the figure of the fixer, illuminating the fixer’s connections to the interpreters or guides hired by explorers, missionaries, and anthropologists of past centuries. This brief but necessary historicization is firmly rooted within the critical framework of postcolonial studies, a theoretical lens that helps me explain the deeply entrenched tradition of colonial dependence on regionally specific knowledge—knowledge that unfortunately did not prevent the misrepresentation and exploitation of the people living in these other places. The introduction then moves to an examination of the news fixers’ current role within the larger ecosystem of international reporting. Building off the rich literature found in the field of journalism studies, which examines the various elements of the labor of foreign correspondence, the introduction will show that a space must be made within journalism scholarship for the study of news fixers. What is more, the field of global journalism ethics also has much to gain from a closer examination of these locally based media employees.

Keywords:   international reporting, international journalism, foreign correspondents, fixers, translators, global studies, postcolonial theory, news work, production studies

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