Journalists rely on fixers as much as a politician relies on his voters! Weird analogy, right?
From reporting in war zones to threatened democracies, journalists and news organizations rely on fixers for information that is crucial and hard to obtain in a local milieu. Yet this relationship is fraught with tension as fixers receive no security - much like freelance journalists - and never get credits for the stories they share with the world. But with digital journalism taking center stage, fixers are finding their niche and their voice as well.
So, how will this relationship evolve?
How responsible are journalists for a fixer's safety? To what extent do news organizations value fixers? In what way do news organizations work with fixers?
Is there a fixer training rule-book? How important is it to train fixers?
These are a few questions we hope to find answers for in this session.