When a reporter asked Alison Bethel McKenzie if she could wear a “Black Lives Matter” T-shirt while out on assignment, and donate to a friend’s fundraiser for the movement, McKenzie had to say no. “It is unethical for journalists to take these sorts of stances on social media,” McKenzie, the Director of the Corps Excellence at Report For America, a US-based programme that places journalists in local newsrooms to cover under covered issues and communities told Media Diversity Institute.
As local businesses closed around the world, laid-off workers applied for unemployment benefits and central banks bought up government bonds to inject money into local economies, the COVID-19 health crisis has also turned into a deep economic crisis.
“This is devastating for the economy across the entire world,” says Rebecca Christie, a visiting fellow at the Brussels-based Bruegel economic think-tank who worked as a journalist for 22 years prior.
With a third of the world’s population under some form of government-mandated lockdown during recent months, hundreds of millions of people have been cooped up at home in a bid to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. These lockdown measures have created extra stresses for many people – from lost income to the tensions arising from staying in close quarters with relatives 24/7. For some people, however, the hardship has been compounded by one additional threat: being in lockdown with their abuser.
Like in many other European countries, women of color are sorely underrepresented in newsrooms in the Netherlands. According to a study by the country’s public broadcaster NRC, 94.6% of salaried journalists working in local newsrooms in 2018 were white.
Many women minority journalists who do work for major news outlets do so as op-ed contributors, says Hadjar Benmiloud, a Dutch journalist and media entrepreneur, with experience working for many leading publications.
I’d been in my bathroom getting ready to head to my then still-open coworking spot, the radio on in my living room, when the newscaster said what he did. Clenching my toothbrush between my teeth, I went into the living room and turned the dial up.
The idea came to Yoeri Bellemans in the very hot, very dry summer of 2018. Belgian news outlets had been warning of an imminent water shortage, and officials had issued a code yellow in the most drought-affected parts of the country, meaning citizens should do everything they could to use as little water as possible. So when Bellemans, 37, came across a construction site in Brussels, Belgium’s capital, and saw an installation pumping up gallons of water, which then gushed into a sewer...
Marcella Hansch had already been in a bad mood when the barista told her “no.” She tries to take as few planes as possible but had decided to fly to New York to attend a special event organized by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Before getting on the 10-hour flight back to her native Germany, she ordered a latte at the airport and asked the barista to pour the drink in her battered, reusable steel cup.
Eva González Pérez was sitting at the kitchen table when her husband showed her the letters. He operated a childcare agency in the Dutch city of Eindhoven, and his roughly 300 clients had all received strange letters from local tax officials stating they would no longer receive a benefit meant to help working parents pay for child care. They’d also have to pay back the government the thousands of euros they’d received in the past two and a half years.
Nick Kivits was terrible at negotiating early in his career. When a publisher sent him their standard agreement for freelancers, the Dutch journalist gave it a quick read and sent it back. “The first few years I did it all wrong,” he said. “I signed everything.”
That was more than 10 years ago. Today Kivits has become one of the most visible figures leading the charge for better terms for freelance journalists in the Netherlands.
A couple of years ago, a time-tracking exercise made me realize that, after work and sleep, cleaning my flat was the one activity I spent most of my time on. Seeing on paper that I spent more time with my microfiber cloths than with the people or Netflix shows I cared about was a bit disheartening. It was time, I decided, to do what many of my millennial friends had already done. I, a childless twentysomething living in a modestly sized, one-bedroom flat, would get a cleaner.
A US tax reporting law has created major headaches for thousands of Europeans across the continent. Unless lawmakers find a last-ditch solution, they risk having their bank accounts closed out in the next few months.
A little over half the world’s population has poor or very poor literacy skills that make it impossible for them to get through dense, lengthy texts. One Austrian organisation set out to close the local manifestation of this global information gap two years ago by premiering a news overview in plain, easy-to-understand German.
A couple of years ago, Dustin Figge called his mom to tell her that he’d decided to quit his job as a manager in San Francisco. He wanted to return to his native Cologne, move back in with his parents and start his own company. She told him he was crazy. “You get shitloads of money for the work you do, you live the life millions of people want to live and you’re telling me you want to quit your job and start a business with zero cash in the bank?” he recalls her saying.
That was in 2014; toda...
Senior executives from Netherlands-based Royal Dutch Shell Plc and Koninklijke Philips NV have admitted the tax regimes that allowed them to pay no, or very little, tax are no longer publicly palatable — but they want to work with lawmakers to improve investment appeal.
Marie Dasylva wants to help women of color navigate hostile work environments. With her agency Nkali, this straight-talking Parisian entrepreneur has formulated what she calls “survival strategies” for women of color, developed with a psychologist and a lawyer who specialize in workplace discrimination.