Category Archives: On journalism

Dutch News Down

The Netherlands found itself in a bit of a compromising position on January 29th: the public broadcast station, the one that is supposed to keep on providing information in times of war among other things, was down “because of circumstances.” Twitter became the best source of news on the situation, exemplifying the challenges of integrating social media into traditional reporting.

NOS news goes down january 29 2015
The image that was broadcasted instead of the evening news, reading: “Please have patience – due to circumstances there is no News Broadcast possible at this time.”

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‘Terrorism Expert’, the need for sarcastic quotation marks.

“Europe is finished,” at least according to a terror expert who appeared on Fox News last weekend. Cities are experiencing an increasing density of Muslims, with Sharia courts being set up, and religious police beating people who don’t conform to Muslim dress code. Non-Muslims don’t even dare to enter these no-go zones, turning these areas into basically different countries within countries. And one city tops it off:  Birmingham.

Steven Emerson isn’t exactly calling Birmingham a Caliphate – he has Fox News presenter Jeanine Pirro do that for him – but he is damn sure making it sound like one. Continue reading ‘Terrorism Expert’, the need for sarcastic quotation marks.

Wasting Charlie’s Sacrifice

It’s always easy to say you want something but to stand up and work to get it? A completely different story. And once you achieve it? Well, isn’t everything really worth having also worth dying for?


Three armed extremists were reported to have killed ten journalists for Paris based satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, and two Paris policemen who arrived at the scene.

The magazine was no stranger to causing controversy and had on several occasions created comics that depicted the prophet Muhammad. Something that was reportedly cause for the shootings, as according to an eye-witness, one of the gunmen was heard to say: “The Prophet is avenged.”

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Muckraking in wonderland: 7 fairy tale classics rewritten as news leads

We tend to cover some fairly serious topics at The Hook, but we also appreciate the value of goofing off sometimes. We took some classic stories and wondered what they’d look like in a modern tabloid newspaper. Here’s our top 7:

  • Alice in Wonderland

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