Category Archives: Backstage

Pertains everything related to our ways of working (podcasts, interviews with employees, pictures)

The end of horrible stock photography


Regardless of whether you are a journalist, blogger, developer, or designer, most of us run into the same problem at some point: We have no budget to buy a digital single-lens reflex camera (DSLR) or to hire a professional photographer to add illustrations to our work. But to draw attention to a newly set up web presence, high quality photography is essential. Continue reading The end of horrible stock photography

How to make full use of Twitter and LinkedIn

As a group of young journalists we give each other feedback and talk about ideas constantly. This is as important as exchanging useful tools that could become necessities for our future working life. In the Tips & Tricks section The Hook wants to present you convenient hacks that can help any journalist, writer, or blogger.

You know someone who knows someone but you can’t find their email address in your pile of notes and your address book is nowhere to be found? Maybe it’s time to put your address book aside and to start structuring your contacts digitally. Today I’ll introduce you to two tools that can help you. Continue reading How to make full use of Twitter and LinkedIn

An Amsterdam shopping trip

Photo by Celine Cornelis As I walk along the canal bank, bathed in the neon glow of the Red Light District’s window brothels, I am overcome with a profound realization that I might quite soon get a knife in the kidney. I’m walking as I negotiate with a fairly affable cocaine dealer, but he warns me that his associate might not take kindly to my refusal to purchase his product after already taking a free sample. The realization kicks in when the associate in question, a hook-nosed and powerfully built shady fucker of the highest order emerges from behind, looms over my shoulder and tells me “This is bullshit. There are no free samples. You buy the fucking gram.” Continue reading An Amsterdam shopping trip