Global Media Monitoring Project 2015

Yesterday I participated in the Global Media Monitoring Project (GMMP). GMMP is an initiative of ‘Who makes the news’, a knowledge, information and resource portal on gender and the media. GMMP studies gender in the news.

Every five years since 1995 a GMMP takes place. On March 25th volunteers in 144 countries around the world gathered together to research national newspapers, television, radio and internet news broadcasts. Goal is to measure the balance of men and women in the news: how many times, in what role, their function and the subjects talked about.

So I travelled to Hogeschool Utrecht and found the classroom I had to be at the faculty of Journalism. I felt a student again! Such a long time ago that I went to college…We were with 25 people and one of them was an older man. At least tonight we were well represented.


After the introduction and instructions we started to collect the data. I researched national newspaper Metro. Till then I didn’t realize the overwhelming portrayal of men in the news. When I worked at ANP, the news agency in the Netherlands, I never paid attention if the portrayal of men and women was balanced. Little did I know…But the gap is enormous!

We researched 7 national newspapers, 4 new websites, 2 television news broadcasts and 2 radio news broadcasts. Of the 346 persons who appeared in the news (and the gender was known), 273 were male and 73 were female. So men still dominate the news. After collecting the results a press release was written and spread. You can read the press release here.

A lot of pictures were made and someone included a picture of me in her blog. She wrote about the astonishing results and the discussions we had afterwards.

I was shocked about the fact that men are dominating the news. 79 percent of the people in the news are male. The difference is unacceptable. I think it’s time for change!



In my last post I told you about the Superhero Boostcamp. It was really inspirational and there were some speakers who told about their adventure, passions, dream and obstacles on the way to achieve that dream.

One of the speakers was Sander Roovers, founder of the platform Ygenwijs. Ygenwijs is about and for Generation Y, also known as Millennials or the Millennial Generation. If you are born between the early 1980s and the early 2000s you are seen as part of this Generation. Ygenwijs as a platform encourages to work out of passion and talent. Work has to be fun and doesn’t have to feel like an obligation. And salary is secondary. Work is about development and meaning.

It’s what I strive for as well so I could identify with these ideas. Plus, I was born in 1983.Pencil And now that I’m in between jobs I was looking for something I could do…voluntary. So I decided to write a motivation to Ygenwijs. I was interested in one of the open positions, namely final editor. And then it went fast! Within 1,5 week I was working as editor! They really appreciate my contribution. The crew has welcomed me many times! It’s great to feel appreciated. It motivates and gives positive energy. I hope this positive energy helps to guide my way to that dream job!

Superhero Boostcamp

So I have been pretty busy with personal development, setting goals and my superpowers. Last Saturday I attended the Superhero Boostcamp in Leiden. Several speakers shared their personal stories about their journey and following their inner voice. It was really inspiring!

I joined two workshops during the day. The first one, superwoman, focused on the questions:

  • Who am I?
  • What is my ‘power’?
  • What do I want?

It’s always hard to think about those things but that’s a good thing. It makes you realize what exactly makes you YOU!

The second workshop, superman, was build around the Business Model You. Step by step you think about where you are now, where you want to go and what steps you have to take to get there. Again, very interesting to see the bigger picture!

So I wrote down all I know about me, what I love to do and where I want to go…I’m ready for the next step!

Hellooooooooo 2015!

A happy & healthy New Year to you! I wonder what 2015 is going to bring.

In the meantime I had that date with the positive psychologist. It was nice to have a conversation with someone who doesn’t know me that well. I got some new insights and I hope that will help me finding my way through all the job searching I’m busy with. At least I know myself a little better 🙂

Most of the days I’m busy finetuning my LinkedIn profile, resume, job applications and expanding and keeping up with my network. And a lot of soul searching. Next step: being more visible and present!

Blessing in disguise

Sunny Saturday afternoon… I decided to sit down and write a blog post after a reader told me she noticed that I haven’t blogged for a while. Sorry for that!

A lot has happened of course. Found and lost a job, I’m not active for Den Haag FM anymore and another voluntary adventure completely failed before it even started…Sometimes I’m amazed by the pace of these developments and how I’m still standing. I think it’s because of the energy I get by being busy. I try to stay in a positive flow and state of mind.

When in between jobs, you have plenty of time to do some research, especially on yourself. What are your passions, skills, life experience and so on. You also have more time to spend your life the way you want to, 24/7.

I had a great time at a networking drink…I even won a ‘date’ with a positive psychologist. Yay! Maybe he can help me with my search for the best job ever.10696355_343162412532740_2442125000482638716_n