True Stories Online 2020

Stories endure. A story — with characters, a narrative arch, a deeper meaning — does much more than just inform, it also makes you feel part of the story. ​The primary goal of the Narrative Journalism Foundation is to stimulate the use of narrative journalism, also known as narrative non-fiction, in the Dutch media. This includes journalistic productions for daily, weekly and monthly print media, as well as books, radio, internet and television. During this series of Livecasts we’ll talk with the creators of impactful journalistic productions from all over the world. We’ll discuss how they have used narrative techniques successfully, without losing their journalistic integrity.


Livecast #3 She Said

October 20th 2020, 8.30 pm

“People would say that two women had broken the Weinstein story, but it had really been three,” wrote Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey in She Said, the book on their award-winning investigation. In this book the two New York Times reporters reconstruct the compelling investigation on Harvey Weinstein, that helped ignite the #MeToo movement in 2017. The third woman they’re referring to is Rebecca Corbett, their editor at the American newspaper. During this livecast we will discuss the role of the editor in investigating and narrating a major story like She Said.  You can watch this livecast on October 20th from 8.30 pm to 9.30 pm via our Facebook Live. Or tune in via and ask our guests your questions live via Zoom! See you there!

Livecast #1 Making For Sama

October 6th 2020, 8.30 pm

Covering conflict in the media can be very challenging. Compassion fatigue towards the media and their reporting on lasting conflicts unfortunately is a reality. People are often tired of the news coming from conflict areas and they have a hard time relating to the numerous victims. Last year the documentary For Sama made a huge impact and attracted a lot of attention and a large audience that got emotionally very affected by seeing the film. In this livecast we will talk with journalist Fréderike Geerdink and For Sama director Waad al-Kateab and main character Afraa Hashem about narrative techniques in the award-winning documentary and how they benefit to reporting on war and conflict. Did you miss it? Don’t worry, you can watch the livecast here.

Livecast #2 The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

October 13th 2020, 8.30 pm

Most journalists reporting on science can only dream of writing a story like Rebecca Skloot wrote, author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. She researched the life (and death) of the forgotten patient and her famous cells for ten years. Together with science journalist Jop de Vrieze and Skloot we will discuss ways in which reporting on science can turn into a gripping story like this bestseller and the pitfalls of this technical genre. You can watch this livecast on October 13th from 8.30 pm to 9.30 pm via our Facebook Live. Or tune in via and ask our guests your questions live via Zoom! See you there!