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Bart Brouwers appointed Professor of Journalism

25 September 2015
Bart Brouwers

Bart Brouwers was appointed Professor of Journalism at the Faculty of Arts of the University of Groningen. Brouwers (1960) is an experienced journalist and media entrepreneur with a versatile track record. For example, he was editor-in-chief of the daily newspapers De Limburger and Sp!ts, founded the hyper-local news site dichtbij.nl and was head of business development for the Telegraaf Media Groep. Brouwers started his career in journalism directly after graduating in Eastern European History at Utrecht University.

He has written three books, including two on journalism: Alles voor het Nieuws (1994) and Na de deadline (2013). He was a member of several organizations, including the Press Council, the Brinkman Committee, visitation committees for University of Applied Sciences degree programmes in communication and the board of ‘Kim, Forum voor reflectie op journalistiek’. In addition, he is a member of the professional fields committee of Fontys Academy of Journalism in Tilburg.

During his career, Bart Brouwers has written a lot about journalism, not only in his books but also on weblogs and in other volumes. The disruptive force of the web and the quest for new earning models are recurring themes in his work. Brouwers currently works as a media entrepreneur. He is joint owner of the Eindhoven-based journalism platform e52.

As a professor, Brouwers will be jointly responsible, together with his colleague Prof. Marcel Broersma, for the successful Master’s degree programme that the Journalism department offers to both Dutch and international students, the Minor in Journalism Studies and the new Bachelor’s degree programme in Media Studies. Brouwers: ‘Once in a blue moon you find something that you never looked for but which is nevertheless very welcome. That’s what this professorship feels like. I can’t wait to start supervising students, both on the basis of my experience and from the perspective of modern journalistic entrepreneurship. Four focus points will emerge: fostering a journalistic attitude, the importance of specialization, entrepreneurship and the dominant role of the online arena. While trying to continue on the path that my predecessor Jeroen Smit set out, I am also looking forward to further developing the degree programmes together with Marcel Broersma and his team.’

More information

- Prof. B. Brouwers, b.j.brouwers@rug.nl

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