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Media Future Week | October 22, 2020

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New speaker announced: Eric Smit

New speaker announced: Eric Smit

We are proud to announce a new MFW14 speaker! Eric Smit, jchief editor of Follow the Money and author of best selling books will be a speaker at MFW14. With his background in economics and journalism he has plenty of expertise concerning the central theme of MFW14: Media Responsibility.

Eric Smit (Nijmegen, 1967) is co-founder and chief editor of the platform for investigative journalism Follow the Money. He studied economics at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam and played professional squash until 1998. In 1999 he started his career as a journalist at business glossy Quote, where he became deputy chief editor. In 2006 he was a part of the team that founded the free newspaper De Pers. Follow the Money is a platform for investigative journalism in the Netherlands. Investigative journalism is a form of journalism in which reporters deeply investigate a topic, and an investigative journalist may spend months or years researching and preparing a report. With editorial budgets dwindling, new ways of financing this type of journalism are needed. Eric Smit will talk about media’s responsibility as a watch dog, and how this role can be carried out in the future.

See the Twitter account of Eric Smit here!