POLITICO in Europe is on the radar of media and journalism professionals again — this time, it was the Flemish union of journalists that paid a visit.
De Journalist, a magazine of the professional association for journalists VVJ, published an interview about where POLITICO is heading, and what on earth I’m doing there.
Here’s a couple of interesting nuggets (in English) and the full interview (in Dutch) via Issuu, below.
“If you cover European politics in a more accessible way, your impact is going to increase. You can report on stories that otherwise wouldn’t get covered. [The EU] is a gold mine of stories about politics, power, lobby mechanisms and the impact of public policy on society. But you have to report it in a way that catches the average citizen’s interest.”
“Smaller publications [on EU affairs] in Brussels often focus on quickly gathering and publishing information. What’s missing is a team of editors that asks reporters ‘So what does this mean?’ instead of sticking to the description of what happened.”
“Data journalism is so much easier today, if you understand how the Internet works and you know where to get your information. […] Journalists these days have to rediscover the essence of what they’re trying to do: coveying information by storytelling and clarifying things. That mission is now possible in ways that are far more interesting.”
Interested to read the interview in full? Click on the preview or download the PDF.