The Initiative Narrative Journalism Netherlands organises a wide array of activities throughout the year. While many of these events are in Dutch, the yearly Conference Narrative Journalism, is always in English. This conference provides an opportunity for upcoming Dutch and international journalists and initiatives to showcase their work on narrative journalism, give workshops and engage in debate.

This is the English page of the initiative, where you will find the latest information about the Conference and other activities by the Initiative.

November 2: Gerard van Westerloo Lecture with Anne Hull

Anne Hull’s extraordinary stories about those living at the fringes of American society have led to five nominations and a Pulitzer Prize. Tonight she will tell us about a very small story. A story she wrote in six hours, in which she followed a grandmother and her grandson, two victims of Hurricane Katrina.

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Review Conference Narrative Journalism 2017

" Lots of tears in the audience and a lot on stage as well. Lots of laughter too. That’s a storytelling conference" Nathan Vos summarizes our conference in his tweet perfectly. With a lot of emotion the speakers of the Narrative Journalism Conference 2017 told about their successes, their doubts, their methods and most importantly, their stories.

Did you miss our conference? Or do you want to go back to all the emotions of the day? Fleur Born made a short after movie and Joris Vernrooij a lovely radio report.

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Conference 2017: Amplify Your Story

An extraordinary narrative is not created in a vacuum; it's a process. That's why the Amsterdam Narrative Journalism Conference on the 18th and 19th of May is entitled "Amplify Your Story".

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How to use your VR Google Cardboard

During the conference Edecio Martinez showed us the possibilities that VR movies offer. Everyone received a Google Cardboard at the end of the day with which you can use you're smartphone to dive into Virtual Reality and explore the world. Edecio gave some tips about which clips to see and where to find them. Enjoy!

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Review: Storytelling in the Digital Age

Why are you here? That is a very confronting question, particularly when posed as the opening of a conference. But that's exactly what Amy O'Leary, Editorial Director at Upworthy asked the audience during the conference Digital Storytelling in a Digital Age, organised by Stichting Verhalende Journalistiek in Amsterdam.

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Foto: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Gerard van Westerloo Lecture by Adrian Nicole Le Blanc

On Thursday 10 December, Adrian Nicole Leblanc will hold the third Gerard van Westerloo Lecture at Pakhuis de Zwijger in Amsterdam. She is one of the authors interviewed in Robert Boynton's influential book The New New Journalism, even though at the time she had only one book to her name.

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22 April 2016: Storytelling in the digital age

Storytelling in the digital age. That is the theme for the 2016 Conference of the Initiative Narrative Journalism Netherlands. For the first time we have asked an expert to curate our conference, and we are proud to announce that Amy O'Leary is working with us to make this event a success.

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Core activities

We organise a yearly conference with inspiring speakers from the Netherlands and around the world.

A digital yearbook is published every year. It presents the best examples of narrative journalism in written, spoken, and visual form.

We have established a development programme for media frontrunners. Journalists from six different editorial boards gather quarterly to learn from each other, and from renowned speakers, focusing on better integrating narrative journalism in the newsroom.

We developed a narrative peer group, for journalists working on their own narrative projects. The peer group meets on a monthly basis to provide feedback on current work.

The first Gerard van Westerloo Lecture was organised on 14 November 2013, featuring Alan Cullison, from the Wall Street Journal.

Throught the year we organize different lectures on narrative journalist, also in cooperation with organisations like the Dutch-Flemish Association for Investigative Journalists (*VVOJ*), or LokaalMondiaal journalism foundation.

We seek collaboration with narrative journalism conference elsewhere in Europe and in the United States, as well as with Dutch organisations, wherever this helps us further our goals.

Our website seeks to be an inspiring display of compelling examples of narrative journalism.