The Netherlands – Fontys School of Journalism at Fontys University of Applied Sciences (FH)

Brief description of the legal entity

Fontys School of Journalism, located at Fontys Hogescholen, one of the largest institutions for higher education in the Netherlands, offers vocational training in journalism combined with theoretical studies in journalism and relevant disciplines as law, political sciences, social sciences, economics and ethics. The training equipment of the school is up to date and includes a radio and a TV-studio besides an integrated newsroom. Students undergo training for jobs at television and radio stations, print (newspaper and magazines) and the internet. Recently, upgrades with trainings in cross media/multimedia expanded the curriculum. Fontys School of Journalism offers courses to fulltime students as well as evening classes. Among the staff are 55 qualified teachers, academics as well as media professionals.

Main tasks/previous experience relevant to those tasks

The Dutch partner is represented by Huub Evers, an expert for diverse instruments of media accountability systems such as ombudsmen and press councils. This is the reason why he will work on innovations in MAS tools in Europe in the MediaAcT project. As an expert on MAS in The Netherlands and being one of the few researchers, who studied the impact of MAS instruments empirically, his contribution to the survey will be of great importance. This will become especially relevant when it comes to the development of the methodological design. Evers experience in intercultural journalism is of great advantage for developing a comparative survey. His and the institute’s experience in training journalists will be of great relevance for the dissemination phase of MediaAcT.

Short profile of the staff member

Huub Evers, PhD, is a professor of intercultural journalism and media ethics at Fontys University of Applied Sciences, School of Journalism in Tilburg, the Netherlands. He studied ethics and obtained his PhD with a thesis on journalistic-ethical standards in the verdicts of the Dutch Press Council. He elaborated on the position of the ombudsmen at Dutch newspapers. Evers is a regular publisher on topics related to media and communication ethics as well as intercultural journalism. In addition, he appears on radio and television programs as an expert in this field. Evers has held guest lectures and introductions at a large number of university institutions at home and abroad. Evers is a member of the Media Ethics Network and the Intercultural and International Communication Network.

Harmen Groenhart is a lecturer of mass communication at Fontys University of Applied Sciences, School of Journalism in Tilburg. Groenhart studied communication sciences in Nijmegen and is currently engaged in a PhD research into the functioning of accountability and transparency of journalism in the Netherlands. He has published several articles on opinion polls in the press and elaborated on the position of the ombudsman at Dutch public broadcasting organization.

About MediaAcT

MediaAcT is a comparative research project on media accountability systems in EU member states as indicators for media pluralism in Europe.


Funded by the EC

Project funded under the Socio-economic Sciences and Humanties


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