“Fixing” the Journalist-Fixer Relationship: A Critical Look Towards Developing Best Practices In Global Reporting is a study of the relationship between foreign correspondents and fixers, the local journalists who are hired to help journalists achieve their reporting goals around the world. The GRC created an anonymous survey of questions that were answered by 450 people working in global journalism, and 35 of the respondents volunteered to participate in follow-up interviews.
The findings are being presented at the 10th Global Investigative Journalism Network conference in Johannesburg, South Africa, and are being published in a joint article by Nieman Reports and Global Investigative Journalism Network. A scholarly paper is forthcoming next year.
The following is the full data set of answers:
Respondents came from 70 different countries.
Respondents ranged in age, experience and medium.
This research was conducted by Dr. Shayna Plaut and Peter Klein, with research assistance from Olivier Musafiri. Additional research assistance was provided by Britney Dennison, Peter Mothe and Ashley Nicholson. Data visualization was created by Sharon Nadeem.