Long live the Queen!

By Noort Bakx

Lang leve de Koningin! Today is the day. Queensday, or I might even say, Dutch day. Today our queen will step down, and a new king is inaugurated. As a Dutchie, today is my day to feel nationalistic. And I do.

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I love the queen. I cannot really explain what it is, but I’m a big fan, and so somewhat sad she decided to leave her position today. I don’t want this post to be a discussion about monarchy. I have had a few the last weeks. And I can understand that others are against the monarchy or don’t understand it. I can see that it might be outdated, not of this century. Or that you would argue it makes no sense, it goes against democracy, giving someone this position by birthright. Or that it costs way too much money. Many of these anti-arguments might make sense. And I do not have strong arguments to go against it. All that I can say is, I love the queen.

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And the worst job is … news reporter. Mmmh is it?

by Veronica Sanchez

Being a farmer, a dishwasher or a maid is much better than pursuing stories for a media outlet. At least it is for Career.Cast.com, which classified the newsreporter job as the worst for second year.

For the firm based in California, this is the most badly in terms of environment, income, outlook and stress, the criteria they used to rank the jobs from better to worse.

According to the report published last week, the “shrinking of the newsrooms, the reduction of the budgets and the competition from the Internet” have toughened the conditions in the newspapers.

But do not think that this low rank is just for the reporters. Just 12 positions above them the US website placed the photojournalists.

If this is not discouraging enough for all the aspiring journalists (as for the ones that are already in the business this is not a surprise) both professions also appear in the top 10 of the most stressful jobs of the US website of this year: the photojournalists in the 7th position and the news reporters in the 8th.

Nader and Ahmed, butcher of the Bazar Vest. Part of a photostory to be exhibited in Aarhus (DK). By Veronica Sanchez

Nader and Ahmed, butcher of the Bazar Vest. Part of a photostory to be exhibited in Aarhus (DK). By Veronica Sanchez

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Imagine Europe… And do it fast.

By Camy Roch

This week, the Forum for European Journalism Students took place in Utrecht, where 100 participants discussed the topic Imagine Europe. I was not there, so I’m not very sure about what they imagined. Instead, I was surfing here and there to see what was said this week about this big Europe thing. And, oh surprise! The brand new Eurobarometer 2012 was out!

Not that I particularly like statistics. As a matter of fact, it’s kind of reminds me of my years working as a telephone operator. That sweet time where I could skillfully piss someone off by only saying “Good evening, Sir!” Anyway, I figured that in the case of the Eurobarometer statistics, hopefully, some conscientious people would have done their job and done it right. So I’ve checked out those stats to see a bit what actually people think and whether it confirms, like some would say, the fact that this Union might be slowly going to its end.

As a matter of fact, EU does have an end (Cabo da Roca, Portugal - western most point of Europe)

As a matter of fact, EU does have an end (Cabo da Roca, Portugal – westernmost point of Europe)

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Imagine Europe

 by Noort Bakx

Talking about Europe is not always a popular subject. Across nations, borders, ages and citizens, there are different ideas and opinions about it. However, to me, that’s what makes the discussion interesting.

To me and apparently for about 100 other European students: I am currently in Utrecht at a five day congress from the Forum for European Journalism Students, where we’re discussing the topic ‘Imagine Europe’. Going beyond European politics and economics, we debate on culture, society, identity and solidarity.

It is also questioned if reporting and writing about the continent is something that could and should change, if we can restore some optimism about Europe through journalism and if there is a European identity. About the question where Europe starts and where it stops, in political terms, but also when it comes to borders. There are many questions being asked here, some answered, some not. Here are some of my notes and scribbles of the first two days.

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Is the optimistic journalist extinct?

By Sonja Nikcevic

The last two years of my life, have been quite defining. I’ve had my first real, 9 to 5, (non-babysitting or temping over the summer) job, I’ve covered my first major multi-sporting event (or at least that is what I call it on my resume), and I’ve come to live in a new (very different, very cold) country. And I’ve also gotten to know quite a lot of journalists. These journalists have come from all over the globe and have covered events ranging from football fields to actual battlefields. The conclusion that I’ve come to is that the majority of these (fellow) journalists have two things in common – they’re some of the most intelligent people I’ve ever met. They’re also the most cynical.

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