Maaike Goslinga has never been tied to just one country or place; she feels most at home wherever languages, cultures, and traditions intersect. Clearly, this outlook is reflected in her work. As international editor at De Correspondent, she likes to think and talk about foreign journalism 2.0: a form of international collaboration in which journalists from other countries work with and for the Correspondent.
Why? Because by now globalization is a given in every field - except in journalism. Western media still tend to rely on how western eyes view "the rest of the world." But what if the India correspondent were to come from India? What if stories were written by those in the know on the ground: our counterparts on the other side of the world? And what if those stories weren't only about conflicts, disasters, or elections, but included topics that are important to all of us, like food, energy, and health?
Such collaborations require devotion, time, and attention, all of which Maaike is eager to provide. She initiates big investigative journalism projects and assists with their production. She's also a story broker for smaller stories. The result? Distinctive journalism full of fresh, surprising insights from all over the world.
Recently, Maaike headed up the international research project Security for Sale, which saw journalists from eleven countries investigate the European security industry. She also supervised a project in which journalists from Cologne sought to determine exactly what happened in that city on the infamous New Year's Eve of 2015. Notably, after she worked with journalists from Portugal who had described their country as "the left's new hope" for Europe, the Dutch Labor Party visited that country for inspiration.
And precisely this is Maaike's topic of choice: her vision regarding the foreign news desk of the future. With journalists and non-journalists alike, she loves to engage in discussion about what we can do to bring "abroad" closer to home, and to improve our foreign reporting. She likes to be wherever she can meet talented journalists, set up new projects, and share De Correspondent's story.
Despite her young age of 26, Maaike has already earned her stripes in the world of international journalism. During her studies and work in England, the US, Germany, Spain, and New Zealand, she explored a range of journalistic cultures. She helped journalists produce work that extended across borders for the European Journalism Centre. And she contributed to the expansion of Publeaks, the Dutch whistle-blowers platform, in South Africa and Kenya.
Maaike is utterly convinced: The foreign correspondent is dead. Long live the foreign correspondent!