“The circumstances have changed”

A Q&A with Patrick Meershoek about his view on journalism and the way it has changed since he started his 32-year long career as a journalist By Shaquille Shaniqua Joy Patrick Meershoek (56) has been working for several newspapers in the Netherlands, including the Goudsche Courant, where he started his career, the Haagsche Courant and Het Parool, where he has been working for 20 years … Continue reading “The circumstances have changed”

How Dutch Journalism has changed, an interview with Leon Willems

By Leroy Leijtens Leon Willems started working as a journalist in 1989. In 1995 he became Editor in Chief at a public broadcaster where he quickly worked himself up. After leaving in 2004 he started working at the UN and from 2008 he has been working in media production. His main focus has always been on making television. Now Leon also is the director of … Continue reading How Dutch Journalism has changed, an interview with Leon Willems

An interview with Paul Geerts: ‘Journalists these days lack originality because they need to score,’

by Sharon Verhoeks Paul Geerts, beloved lecturer at Fontys Academy for Creative Industries and freelance journalist, has a long history in journalism. His career took off in 1984, a year before he graduated from Fontys Academy of Journalism. We can find his name in the archives of many Dutch news media; OOR, HP/De Tijd, NPO 3FM and Brabants Dagblad to name a few. Geert is … Continue reading An interview with Paul Geerts: ‘Journalists these days lack originality because they need to score,’

The most unique polling stations in Amsterdam: how did young voters experience those?

By Melisa Salas & Gaby van Genderen Today many special places in Amsterdam opened again as a polling station in the middle of a national lockdown. Locals had the chance to step into those unique buildings to use their right to vote. Reporters from the International Angle: Gaby and Melisa visited the Concertgebouw, the Van Gogh Museum and the Melkweg. Curious to see how young … Continue reading The most unique polling stations in Amsterdam: how did young voters experience those?

Nouveau Artivism: Cheyenne van Alphen

By Sharon Verhoeks Political activism through social media heavily increased during the summer of 2020. The main reason for this were the Black Lives Matter protests all over the world. Social media also allowed the digital rebirth of artivism. M.K. Assante wrote the following about the term, which origins can be found in Los Angeles, in his book ‘It’s Bigger than Hiphop’; ‘‘The artivist (artist + … Continue reading Nouveau Artivism: Cheyenne van Alphen

Stephanie Bennett (GroenLinks): “My career as a healthcare psychologist can be of good use in the House of Representatives,”

By Gaby van Genderen Number 18 on GroenLinks’s candidates’ list for this week’s elections is Stephanie Bennett from Groningen. She was born in 1986 in a village called Heerde in The Netherlands, Stephanie is the daughter of an African American father and a Dutch mother. She left Heerde to study Psychology in Groningen. As of right now, she is a member of the provincial council … Continue reading Stephanie Bennett (GroenLinks): “My career as a healthcare psychologist can be of good use in the House of Representatives,”

Who is Shaquille Shaniqua Joy: A glimpse into the life of a visionary and student

By: Sage Bankasingh From a storyteller to creative producer, host and everything in-between, Shaquille Shaniqua Joy, 21, is an all-around creative. As a multimedia artist, Shaquille’s passions lie within the telling of other people’s stories. At her workplace, the Open Space Contemporary Art Museum in Amsterdam, she is able to fulfill her visionary appetite by conveying experiences visually; an example being the transformation of interviews … Continue reading Who is Shaquille Shaniqua Joy: A glimpse into the life of a visionary and student

Fashion is an Illustration of Identity, but it can be Deceiving

By: Mohammad Kafina Naomi ‘t Hart (21) comes originally from Leiden. When Naomi was 5 years old, she moved with her family to Australia before moving back to the Netherlands when she was 11 years old. Identity is an important issue for her as she is a part of identical twins. When Naomi was weighing options to follow a university study program, she felt connected … Continue reading Fashion is an Illustration of Identity, but it can be Deceiving

“The media’s role in the Iraq War was my awakening,” Jurgen Vlaar on his pursuit of journalism

By: Austin Devaraj Jurgen Vlaar, 20, lives around thirty minutes north of Amsterdam. Vlaar grew up in Heiloo with his brother and sister, a town which he describes as homogenous. He is a third-year student at the Hogeschool van Amsterdam and is studying Public Management. Vlaar was inspired to take the International Journalism minor because of his fascination of politics and the media’s impact on … Continue reading “The media’s role in the Iraq War was my awakening,” Jurgen Vlaar on his pursuit of journalism