When the interview was finished, they asked me to be their “fixer.” The word initially puzzled me. I was two years out of the Teachers’ Institute in Sulaimaniya, trained to instruct children in the English alphabet and vocabulary. I would have taught those children that a “fixer” is a person who repairs broken machines. But in a war zone, a fixer is a journalist’s interpreter, guide, source finder and occasional lifesaver. Every major media organization in Iraq would come to have its fixers. And fixers, it turned out, were well paid. I was offered $100 a day, about 25 times what I could make as a teacher.
I was 24, and suddenly I was the eyes and ears for some of the world’s top journalists.
Personally, I'd rather my local paper cut out all the syndicated news entirely and just have the city/region and comics sections.
I don't really need the A section full of reprinted AP articles with a paragraph tacked onto the end to give it "local relevance".
Cut out all the money you pay to the AP, hire a few more reporters to cover local and state news.
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