“I wouldn’t mind dying if it were for a heroic act“

Monty Swart (32) was 19 years old when he went to Afghanistan. He felt euphoric when he heard he would go to war. He talks about his work and experiences there and how this influenced his future. Text by Amy Steur Photo is a symbolic picture by Unsplash “I’ve always had a fascination for everything that had to do with the army and wars, but … Continue reading “I wouldn’t mind dying if it were for a heroic act“

Cathelijne (22) had to cancel her internship in Curaçao due to Covid-19

Interns are having a rough time right now. Their internships are being cancelled, or they are sent home due to lack of supervision. For interns abroad, it’s even worse. Cathelijne Groen (22) had just started her internship on Curaçao, when she had to return home immediately. By Sarissa Valk Cathelijnes’ internship was supposed to last from February until June. “It took a lot of preparations … Continue reading Cathelijne (22) had to cancel her internship in Curaçao due to Covid-19

„To survive, you must think economically”

Freelance foreign reporter Kerstin Schweighöfer (60) on how journalism changed.

By Viktor Sarkezi

Kerstin Schweighöfer became a freelance foreign correspondent for German-speaking media like Deutschlandfunk, FOCUS and Der Standard when she moved to the Netherlands in 1990. In her 30-year-career she reported on catastrophes, war crime trials in The Hague and art exhibitions.

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“I do not care about payment and working hours, what is important to me is the meaningful task of journalism”

Vegard Velle (49) is a journalist, author and editor in chief for a newly founded newspaper in Norway called VårtOslo. He is an ambitious idealist whose main goal is to give good quality journalism to the local residents of Oslo. Continue reading ““I do not care about payment and working hours, what is important to me is the meaningful task of journalism””

“Journalists do trip up because of the pressure to be first and be ‘now’”

A Q&A with Channel 4 and ITV journalist, James Blake James Blake started off his journey in the field of journalism in the 90s. It all started with an ITN traineeship in 1998 and today, James has a couple decades worth of experience working in the news field and teaching in academia, with a focus on television news. How does working as a journalist back … Continue reading “Journalists do trip up because of the pressure to be first and be ‘now’”

“On my 22nd birthday, I heard that both of my parents have the COVID-19 virus”

Amsterdam – It was no ordinary 22nd birthday for Eva Yong, who just finished her bachelor in pedagogy. Her mom is a GP and her dad works for Cordaid, and on the 19th of March, they both found out that they have Corona. A story by Malijn Pieterse Eva’s door with her birthday cake in front. Photo by Eva’s nephew. How are you feeling? “I … Continue reading “On my 22nd birthday, I heard that both of my parents have the COVID-19 virus”