Fixing Stories: Local Newsmaking and International Media in Turkey and Iran

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Noah Amir Arjomand, Certificate in Near Eastern Studies 2010.

News 'fixers' are translators and guides who assist foreign journalists. Sometimes key contributors to bold, original reporting and other times key facilitators of homogeneity and groupthink in the news media, they play the difficult but powerful role of broker between worlds, shaping the creation of knowledge from behind the scenes. In Fixing Stories, Noah Amir Arjomand reflects on the nature of news production and cross-cultural mediation. Based on human stories drawn from three years of field research in Turkey, this book unfolds as a series of narratives of fixers' career trajectories during a period when the international media spotlight shone on Turkey and Syria. From the Syrian Civil War, Gezi Park protest movement, rise of authoritarianism in Turkey and of ISIS in Syria, to the rekindling of conflict in both countries' Kurdish regions and Turkey's 2016 coup attempt, Arjomand brings to light vivid personal accounts and insider perspectives on world-shaking events alongside analysis of the role fixers have played in bringing news of Turkey and Syria to international audiences.


  • Deeply explores the unsung role of news 'fixers' in bringing stories to international audiences
  • Of interest to students and scholars thinking about journalism practice, cross-cultural communication, ethnographic methods, cultural sociology, and the contemporary Middle East
  • Provides gripping narratives of fixers' careers in Turkey and Syria in the 2010s, when both countries were making international headlines

Table of Contents

Introduction: A Tale of Two Fixers
1. Beginnings
2. Fitting In
3. Moral Worlds of Ambivalence and Bias
4. Translations
5. From Local to Global
Appendix: Sociological Fiction.

Reviews and endorsements

'… a thoughtful and immersive dive into the stories of fixers, the dilemmas they face and how they try to navigate cultural and media expectations.' Usman Butt, Middle East Monitor

‘In this subtle and reflective book … Arjomand uses novelistic techniques - composite characters in carefully composed circumstances - to both protect his sources and convey a complex and fascinating world with wit, intelligence, and sympathy.’ Lisa Anderson, Foreign Affairs

Series Title
The Global Middle East
Series Volume
Cambridge University Press
Cloth: 9781316518007; paper: 9781009048750; ebook: 9781009059015