Activism in journalism: ‘journativists’ at work

To what extent is activism compatible with the journalistic practice? The prevailing norm is that journalism is objective. In 2019, Mischa Verheijden, and Geert deGrande started the online activist and journalistic platform Re-Story. As self-described journativists, according to them, this objectivity is an illusion. They combine their activist activities with journalistic tasks while producing their stories. But can activism and journalism activities actually be combined? ‘Through the selection we make and the stories we bring, we stand for a kind of activism that can just as much be seen as a form of journalism.’






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