‘Not everybody has to have a social media account’

When President Macron of France started a TikTok account to reach out to young people that graduated from high school, communications student Chiara Kahn felt somewhat awkward. “Of course it was a nice gesture, but it felt so cringy,” she told us. Chiara has a very clear vision when it comes to social media. “Not every type of social media is for everybody and there … Continue reading ‘Not everybody has to have a social media account’

BREAKING FREE DURING LOCKDOWN

Glitter, heels, long nails, wild dancing, crop tops, colourful outfits, 80s music; these are a few of Pedro Lorenzo Menéndez’s (21) favourite things. One would rarely find Pedro sat at home and not out with friends or dancing. But then, the corona lockdown came, and Pedro found himself stuck indoors with his parents; one of which did not know an important part of Pedro’s identity. … Continue reading BREAKING FREE DURING LOCKDOWN

“COVID-19 caused my work to stop immediately”

Written by Lieve Thuis After working as a graphic designer for 30 years, Maria Thuis (58) was forced to switch careers and look for work elsewhere because of COVID-19. “If the workload of a creative private firm owner disappears, you don’t only lose your income, but also a part of yourself and your creativity.” Maria has been managing her own firm for almost 20 years … Continue reading “COVID-19 caused my work to stop immediately”

“I’m slowly getting my strength back”

Cancer recurrence during a pandemic By Laszlo Lieffering   Valesqua de Waal (22) heard that her cancer, Non-Hodgkin, had just come back before the pandemic started. Her life suddenly completely changed, especially with the arrival of the coronavirus in the Netherlands. Valesqua was obliged to rewind. When the pandemic started, our society froze. Valesqua’s life was already on hold because she heard her Non-Hodgkin came … Continue reading “I’m slowly getting my strength back”

“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’”

“My goal is to create something that can help young people“

Curious and creative, that’s how Maartje Veneman (22) describes herself. The third-year Communication and Multimedia Design student from Wormer, The Netherlands wants to know everything about everything. “I always asked questions when I was a child, I still do.” Text by Marije de Boer After finishing high school, Maartje decided to do something with her interest and talent in art. She chose to study Illustration … Continue reading “My goal is to create something that can help young people“

“I need to take a job with a purpose“

Back home in Lyon, France, Pauline Coulet studies communication. In Amsterdam she wants to explore journalism. What does this mean for the future of the 22-year-old and what does she sees as the greatest challenge for journalism today? Text: Lea Dillmann | Photo: Private Walking all day through the desert of Mauritania, camping under a sky full of stars for a week. Learning the Korean … Continue reading “I need to take a job with a purpose“