Authors

Austin Devaraj

Austin Devaraj (20) Hey, my name is Austin. I'm a third-year Journalism student from Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada. I chose to do the International Journalism minor to collaborate with students abroad and gain an international perspective of journalism. I'm most intrigued by broadcast journalism and reporting on foreign affairs and am excited to create podcasts throughout the semester. Two years ago, I had the chance to solo travel across western Europe and realised how much I enjoyed getting to know different people and cultures. Along with English and French, I'm fluent in my mother tongue, Tamil. I'm super stoked to be taking this minor and cheers to a semester of creating awesome content!

Sage Bankasingh

Sage Bankasingh (20) Hey everyone! I’m Sage, a third year Creative Industries student from Ryerson University, specialising in journalism, and publishing and print. I’m from Toronto ON, Canada, currently completing this minor virtually from home. I’m very interested in storytelling and chose to enrol in this minor to help advance my content creation skills, from writing articles to video creation and everything in between. Given that Ryerson takes a much more theoretical approach to learning, I’m using this opportunity to gain experience in producing content, with the hopes of eventually putting together a professional portfolio!

Evanne Mientjes

Evanne Mientjes (21) Hi guys! My name is Evanne and I live in The Hague, the Netherlands. At the moment I’m in my 3rd year of my study, Creative Business. In my spare time I like to spend my time at the beach. I also love to travel and explore other cultures. It became clear to me that my passion lies in journalism. I enjoy creating content and my dream goal is to become an editor in chief. By following this minor I would like to take my English skills to a higher level. Fun fact: I love disposable cameras. Each taken photo is placed in a handmade photo album.

 

 

Cheyenne van Dreumel

Cheyenne van Dreumel (22) Welcome! My name is Cheyenne, I’m a Taurus and am currently enrolled at Fontys TCL. Majoring in trend forecasting and concept creation in lifestyle I have always had a fascination with human nature, societal change, art, and, media. My interest in journalism and media stems mainly from being into human beings, human behaviour, and human nature since I believe that it manifests within journalism and media. With this international journalism minor, I wish to further develop my skill within the field, to be able to create fruitful and valuable conversation.

 

Mohammad Kafina

Mohammad Kafina (39) Hi there, I am Mohammad, a third-year student following the programme “Creative Business” at Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. As a creative person who is eager to shed light on the human aspect of the stories of the world, I always seek connecting people from all backgrounds. It does not matter if you come from East or West but what does matter for me is having a valuable story or experience to tell to the world. There comes my role as a journalist who bridges your gap with what some people might call “the other”.

Jurgen Vlaar

Jurgen Vlaar (20) I’m Jurgen. I am 20 years of age and I live in the suburban Dutch village, Heiloo. My major is Public Management which is a study that explores governance and ways to make the world a little better by tackling social issues which is also something the media has a huge role in. I want to explore that role some more the coming semester, I am a news junky as it is so hope I’m in the right place.

Lola Bessa

Lola Bessa (20) Hello! My name is Lola Jolie. I am from Amsterdam and I currently participate in a housing project where I live together with refugees and students. I study Creative Business in which I mostly focus on journalism and storytelling. Thanks to my half Dutch and half Angolese-Portuguese roots, I've had an open-minded and diverse upbringing. I am very interested in the world around me and there isn’t a moment that goes by that I am not busy with the politics and society from around the world. In my spare time, you can either find me in the kitchen, sitting around reading a good book or enjoying a friend's company. In this minor, I hope to learn from the people around me and to improve and broaden my skills in journalism.  

Gaby van Genderen

Gaby van Genderen (23) Hi! I'm Gaby, a third-year Creative Business student from The Netherlands. I grew up in Rotterdam and am currently living in Amsterdam. I'm a professional plant mom and interior design enthusiast. Growing up, I have always had an interest in visual media like video and photography. Combined with my passion for traveling, this resulted in a lot of travel content to share on my social media platforms. I have always been interested in journalism in the back of my mind, and now it's time to explore. I aspire to gain profound knowledge within the different disciplines of journalism and implement this in my storytelling.

Claire Schouten


Claire Schouten (20) Hi! My name is Claire Schouten, a Creative Business student who has an interest in travel, different cultures and discussion. I am twenty years old and I study, live and work in Amsterdam. My fascination with journalism and news originates from the events that are happening all over the world. I believe people should not stick their head in the sand; what is going on in the world is sometimes messed up, but it is also very captivating and educational. It is our responsibility as upcoming journalists to inform and report as objective as we can. I am excited to learn more about researching, writing and most of all, hearing different stories and giving a voice to the voiceless.

 

Sharon Verhoeks

Sharon Verhoeks (21) Hi! My name is Sharon and I study Trend Research & Concept Creation in Lifestyle at Fontys Academy for Creative Industries. Before this minor, I studied the minor Visual Culture at Willem de Kooning Academy. Due to COVID, I decided I wanted to expand my knowledge even further before starting my internship. International Journalism fits my academic goals perfectly since I am a real news junkie, thanks to my upbringing and my major! Within this course I hope to expand my skills in writing and editorial so I can create quality writing content to accompany my trend forecasting and visual research. 

Naomi 't Hart

Naomi 't Hart (21) Hi there! I am Naomi and I live in Amsterdam. My bachelor is International Fashion and Branding with a focus on trends and journalism. In my spare time I am head of communication for a foundation called Nederland Bedankt. When I am not working, you can find me strolling around Vondelpark whilst I am listening to my favourite political podcast.

 

 

Julia Kraan

Julia Kraan (19) Hii! My name is Julia Kraan and I am 19 years old. My dream is to become a sports journalist or to present the news. I have good basic knowledge about journalism due to my bachelor ‘Creative Business’. I am in my third year. Ever since I was a little kid, I wanted to know everything. That is why most of my friends and family will describe me as a passionate and nosy/curious person. I hope that the minor ‘International Journalism’ brings me one step closer to my dream, being a well-known journalist.

 

Melisa Salas

Melisa Salas (22) Hi guys! My name is Melisa, I’m 22 years old and I’m from Amsterdam. I’m currently studying Creative Business, and during my studies I specialised in Digital Media and Entrepreneurship. I’m thrilled to broaden my skills and knowledge in journalism during this semester and produce and write a lot of exciting stories. One of my goals for the future is to find a job as an editor. I hope this minor will help me achieve that goal. In my free time you can find me enjoying playing the piano to unwind from all the busy life madness or enjoying spending time with friends. Other than that, I’m very passionate about traveling and I am a very adventurous person. I love meeting new people and trying out new things. Cheers!

Leroy Leijtens

Leroy Leijtens (25) Hi there! I am Leroy, 25 years old and currently a third year student of the bachelor Trend Research & Concept Creation. I live in Haarlem, The Netherlands and currently specialising in future forecasting, strategic work and journalism. I am a very curious person with a big interest in today’s zeitgeist. Already from a young age my parents took me with them while traveling which has given me the opportunity to observe different places and cultures. I have a background in performing arts which is why self expression is very important to me. Storytelling has been the core of many things I have done, whether it was dancing, photography or now journalism, there is always a story to tell.

Yana Georgieva

Yana Georgieva (21) Hi! I’m Yana and am from Bulgaria. Three years ago, I moved to the Netherlands to study International Business and Management. Finance, Economics, Data Analytics, these are all great, but I feel like they’ve put my creativity in a box, and nowadays, I find it hard to think outside of it. I picked this minor because I’d love to get back on track with it. I’m a curious person – I like learning new things and I like people. I believe that everyone has a story worth listening to and would love to be able to bring it to life, by giving it a voice.  Also, taking pictures of myself gives me the biggest anxiety - I'm NOT an angry person! 

Shaquille Scheder-Pagin

Shaquille Scheder-Pagin (21) My name is Shaquille, I am based in Amsterdam, and I study International Fashion & Branding. I specialised in Cultural Diversity researching the human body as an archive as well as the value of embodied knowledge. Storytelling is always the core of my work because I truly believe in the power of embodied experiences. Highlighting individual stories that oftentimes are not given a platform is what motivates me to produce, host and write and is also the reason I decided to take part in the International Journalism Minor.

Jaimy Witbraad

Jaimy Witbraad (23) Hi there! My name is Jaimy and I am 23 years old. I was born and raised in the Netherlands and I currently live in Amsterdam. I study Creative Business and during the study I specialized in Digital Media and Entrepreneurship. I work as social media manager and marketeer at two nice companies but my goal is to start my own business. During the last 1,5 years of this study I'd like to expand my knowledge and skills broadly. That's why I chose the Minor International Journalism. I am hoping to learn more about the English language, writing and story telling. Skills I can use for my future start-up or/and work.