Fixers are T/Is (Translators/Interpreters) who interpret for foreign journalists in zones of crisis. They are often called upon by parachute journalists in an ad hoc manner and form a crucial link in the newsgathering in conflict zones and scenes of natural disasters. However, their contribution has so far been neglected by both the public and academics. This Master thesis investigates the reasons for which correspondents need fixers, how they find them and the nature of cooperation between journalists and fixers. Central to this research is the question of whether fixers may have an influence on the newsgathering process. Drawing on Erving Goffmans role theory which acknowledges the actions of individuals as being parts of a large social context, this Master thesis introduces analytical categories to focus on various aspects of the fixers role. The analysis is divided into two parts: First, an analysis of documents including studies already published on the subject and relevant newspaper articles and, second, an analysis of two documentary films. The findings show that fixers have a wide range of tasks and responsibilities, including, among others, journalistic tasks. Hence, fixers oscillate between the role of T/Is and the role of journalists, the latter representing the ideal for both clients and fixers themselves. The role of fixers is revealed to be ambivalent; it may be negotiated and developed further. In their cooperation, fixers and journalists tend to work closely together as a team. In this context, fixers may potentially influence the stories told by the media, though the scope of their actual influence remains unexplored.