Eight Questions for Marcel Metze, The Netherlands


1.    Why did you become a journalist?

I have an endless curiosity and I discovered that I liked writing.

2. How did you become a (successful) journalist?

By working hard, reading a lot of books and articles (in order to learn from others) and by never shying away from the bigger themes and questions.

3. What advice would you give to aspiring journalists?

In these complicated times, it is better to work in teams than solo. This way, you can handle bigger projects, use a variety of methods, improve the quality of your work and reduce your (financial) risks. Also: aim at a high level of precision, both in your research and your writing.

4. What do you love about today's journalism?

It's much broader set of tools and much wider possibilities for international co-operation.

5. In your opinion, what are today's major challenges in journalism?

To stay focused and not let anti-press forces and sentiments depress you. More than ever, good research and excellent reporting are necessary to keep our democratic systems alive and well.

6. How do you find stories that are newsworthy?

I look around, listen, read, talk to people. The stories are everywhere.

7. How does an ideal workday look like for you?

This work is different every day. You never quite know how the day is going to unfold. That's what makes this profession so exciting.

8. In your opinion, what does the future of journalism look like?

I don't know, but what I do know that there are a lot of enthusiastic and committed young journalists and students around, who are ready to build on the work of my generation.

Philip Franssen.