The latest violence in the Israel-Palestine conflict creates renewed momentum

There is so much going on at the moment, it’s almost hard to keep up with all the articles and posts that are being published about the Israel-Palestine conflict. One thing seems clear though: all the uproar brings cracks in the old beliefs about the justification of the state of Israel.And because it’s so easy … Continue reading The latest violence in the Israel-Palestine conflict creates renewed momentum

Dutch journalism and its biggest newsroom has a white fragility problem

The NOS, the largest news organization of the Netherlands became news itself this week when internal documents and screenshots about its diversity policy were leaked. It showed that the newsroom actively encourages its employees to profile gender and ethnicity in news reports. Furthermore, there is a monthly ‘Divibokaal’, a ‘Diversity Cup’ for the most ‘diverse’ production … Continue reading Dutch journalism and its biggest newsroom has a white fragility problem

How media can heal themselves from the ‘whiteness psychosis’

A 5:25 minutes debate on a Sunday morning two weeks ago, about the question whether the word ‘Empire’ should be removed from British Honours, teaches us everything that goes wrong in journalism nowadays if it's about discussing the colonial past. Professor of Black Studies Dr Kehinde Andrews was invited to join a panel in the … Continue reading How media can heal themselves from the ‘whiteness psychosis’

20 lessons FunX Radio has taught me about creating a successful media business based on inclusiveness and diversity

When the public debate around immigration got heated in The Netherlands, right after the September 11 attacks in 2001 and the assassination of Dutch politician Pim Fortuyn (1948–2002) who caused controversy with his opinions about a multicultural society, a new media company was founded addressed to the youth in the ‘big’ cities of the country: … Continue reading 20 lessons FunX Radio has taught me about creating a successful media business based on inclusiveness and diversity

For the future of journalism, it is worth observing the roots of radio

Getting invited to the Radio Asia 2019 conference organised by the Asian Pacific Broadcasting Union and hosted by the national broadcaster Bangladesh Betar in Dhaka couldn’t make a radio girl like me happier. Three days of changing ideas with like-minded ‘radio people’, talking about the power of storytelling, the theatre of visualisation and the strength … Continue reading For the future of journalism, it is worth observing the roots of radio