Our Staff

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I am a second-year communication science student at the University of Amsterdam and the founder of the Amsterdammer. I am a passionate photographer from France and Venezuela, but have previously lived in the US and the Ivory Coast. I studied at Santa Fe College, in Florida, where I obtained an Associate of Arts in journalism.

Naina Parasher

Editor in Chief

From writing in journals at the age of eight to poetry in the recent years, playing with words has been a constant hobby in my life. Growing up and understanding the realities of the world made me realise the ways in which the pen is mightier than the sword. Trying my best to make a difference in this world and bring back trustworthy and quality journalism, I am currently studying the new influences of media how we went from reading newspapers everyday to playing Buzzfeed Quizzes.

Editor In Chief Trainee

My name is Cara, I’m a first year European Studies student at the UvA. I’m one of those people who love yoga, nature and vegetarian cooking. Currently trying to get closer to my childhood dream of becoming a journalist one article at a time!


COPY DESK

Fergus O'Dowd

Copy Desk Chief

Hi, I’m Fergus, and I’m doing a Master’s in Linguistics. I’m originally from Southampton in the UK, and have been copy editing with The Amsterdammer since September.

Copy Desk Chief

I am Louis, a first year PPLE student at UvA and copy editor at the Amsterdammer. I’m an Australian far from home, but I really love the city of Amsterdam. I joined the Amsterdammer because I have always been interested in journalism and I am enjoying learning and progressing here.

Copy Editor

Hey! I’m Abhirami and I am a first year Communication Science student at the UvA.

Copy Editor

I believe we live in a world that is in itself surreal, in which we find ourselves struggling against a force that does not lend itself to the way we perceive our individual worlds which then inevitably fall to pieces. In reality, none of this is my own opinion – it’s just how The New York Times defines Kafkaesque, which is probably more valuable information than telling you about myself (but in a way, it still is kind of revealing, isn’t it?).

James Creedy Smith

Copy Editor

I’m James, a first year PPLE student from England. I’m a copy editor for the Amsterdammer but also enjoy writing the occasional article. Some likes are La Chouffe beer, anything fluffy and pet-able and wondering around Albert Heijn procrastinating over what to make for dinner. I’m not such a fan of university cafeteria prices, Duwo apartments or motorbikes in the cycle lanes.


EDITORIAL BOARD

Ivy Wade

Opinion Editor

I love hiking, going to the beach, and snorkeling. So naturally I moved to Amsterdam! (haha). I spend entirely too much time on Netflix and also love to paint landscapes and surrealist art. I’m the worst singer on the planet and I really hate astrology signs (wow such a cancer). My dream is to be an author one day and also be a lazy beach bum.

Columnist

Master student in English Literature and Culture at UvA.

Columnist

I’m from Mexico, and I’m a first-year Communication Science student at the UvA. I joined The Amsterdammer because I wanted to improve my Twitter bio and write about my favorite sports. Mostly the latter one, to be honest. I live from sports and tacos.

Rebecca Took

Columnist

I’m a columnist, doing an MA in Literary Studies at UvA. Originally from Birmingham (no, I don’t have the accent) I moved to Amsterdam from London where I worked as a publishing assistant, and spent my lunch hours writing. As a former dancer I especially enjoy writing about theatre, and was a reviewer at the Edinburgh Fringe last summer. I love culture and (most) things arty. I write a lot about mental health and feminism, and can occasionally be found performing poetry.

Hi! I am Max, a second year Communication Science student at the University of Amsterdam. I am the Metro Editor for the Amsterdammer, which I joined as a reporter as a part of the original staff in spring of 2018. My hobbies include listening to music, reading and making music. I play some guitar and piano, but my favourite instrument both to play and listen to has always been the saxophone. With the Amsterdammer, I hope to create a good learning environment for aspiring journalists where critical journalism is the standard and going off the beaten track is encouraged.

Art & Event Reporter

Hi, I’m a first year Bachelor’s student majoring in ‘Communication Science’ at University of Amsterdam. With the passion of becoming a News Producer, I am currently working in Amsterdammer as the reporter of Metro section. I deal with all sorts of exciting issues and events happening in the city, especially which are political and entertainment oriented.

Politics Reporter

My name is Cara, I’m a first year European Studies student at the UvA and will be writing for the Amsterdammer’s Metro-section this term. I’m one of those people who love yoga, nature and vegetarian cooking. Currently trying to get closer to my childhood dream of becoming a journalist one article at a time!

Elodie Behravan​

General Reporter

I’m Elodie, a second year Media and Information student with a very multi-cultural background. From poetry, to short stories, to academic papers, writing has always been my preferred mode of expression, which enticed me to try something new and exciting. Intrigued to learn more about the world of journalism, I write for the Amsterdammer as a metro reporter.

Anna Boyce

Investigative Editor

Anna is a third year student studying European studies at the University of Amsterdam, she is originally from the UK.

Campus Investigative Reporter

Eva Oravcova

Metro Investigative Reporter

I was born in Slovakia and grew up surrounded by mountains and snow. I am currently getting used to the change of pace living in Amsterdam, surrounded by flatland and rain (yikes!). But hey, at least I bike faster. I enjoys skiing, skating, hockey and pretty much any sport that does not involve a ball. My passions include journalism and the written word in general, but I also love filmography and sporadically indulge in good ol’ trashy TV.

Lucia Masip

Magazine Editor

Hey! I’m Lucia, from Valencia (Spain). I am a First year Communication Science student at UvA. I enjoy going to the beach, wasting my time watching animal videos and fashion. Before you ask, I like milk first and then cereals!

Student Tips Writer

Aishwarya is a university reporter at the Amsterdammer and is currently studying media and information at the UvA.

TrendingReviews writer

I am Shuzhao, short for Shu. I am a master student in Literary Studies (Spanish) at UvA and digital person with interests in mobile devices, technology and social media. My day always starts with checking what’s new on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter with my phone. I also like writing, so I decided to join in the Amsterdammer to express opinions about the world as a trending reviews writer.

Sarah Iacobacci

Fashion Writer​

Sarah Maria Iacobacci is a student who is currently studying a Bachelor of Communication Science at the University of Amsterdam. A story-teller by nature, she was born in London, England but moved to Montreal at the early age of six years. A creative; who is a media-oriented enthusiast with a commercial vision, she indulges in and further develops her artistry in activities coinciding with the performing arts and visual media, photojournalism, public speaking, and writing. She is the ‘University reporter’ and ‘Fashion writer’ of The Amsterdammer.

Fashion Writer

Hi, I’m a first year Bachelor’s student majoring in ‘Communication Science’ at University of Amsterdam. With the passion of becoming a News Producer, I am currently working in Amsterdammer as the reporter of Metro section. I deal with all sorts of exciting issues and events happening in the city, especially which are political and entertainment oriented.

Sustainable Lifestyle

My name is Cara, I’m a first year European Studies student at the UvA. I’m one of those people who love yoga, nature and vegetarian cooking. Currently trying to get closer to my childhood dream of becoming a journalist one article at a time!

Mert Ali Kiraz

Sustainable Lifestyle

I am Ali, 18 years old, and a first-year Communication Science student from Turkey. My biggest interests include movies, music and everything related to pop culture and diversity. Also tea, pineapples and sleep. I joined the Amsterdammer as an opportunity to explore Amsterdam as a culture reporter, experiencing and sharing unique sides of this wonderful city.

Aakash Nair

Campus Editor

Avid board game and tabletop enthusiast, self-proclaimed Geek. Studying to become an archivist/librarian, or general information storage and preservation superhero. My dislikes include gender labels, drought and bad coffee. Some likes: recycling, role-playing games and smokey single malts.

Josephine Sylvester

General Assignment Reporter

Hi I’m Josephine, a first year PPLE student and one of the university reporters for the Amsterdammer since early 2019. I’m French-German and grew up in London before moving to Amsterdam for my degree.

 

Clemens Schreiber

Student Elections Reporter

I am Shuzhao, short for Shu. I am a master student in Literary Studies (Spanish) at UvA and digital person with interests in mobile devices, technology and social media. My day always starts with checking what’s new on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter with my phone. I also like writing to memorize something interesting, so I decided to join in the Amsterdammer to share my opinions about the world as a trending reviews writer.

Soohyun Bae

Student Associations Reporter


AUDIOVISUAL DESK

Dragos Culcear

Video Editor

My personality could be summed up as a weird blend of art and nerdiness. As I am constantly searching for new methods of self-expression, limiting myself to just one artistic medium would not make a whole lot of sense. Although I consider video making as my field of expertise, I also enjoy photography, graphic design and music. I never get bored of working on artistic projects, and I don’t usually take breaks until I finish what I’ve started. I love traveling, meeting new people and reading comic books.

Photo Editor

Hey! My name is Varshana, I’m a first-year Communication Science student. I’m trying to gain some new experience as a photo editor. Also, I am really interested in getting to know this field a bit better.

Anna Lea Jakobs

Photographer

I am Anna and I am a first-year PPLE student! I love photography, art, the theatre, literature and everything that is related to cultue. I work as a Photographer at the Amsterdammer. Growing up with a mother working as a photographer, I have always been surrounded by art and developped a passion for photography.

Photographer

My name is Kira Guehring and I am a first-year Media and Information Student at UvA and Photographer at The Amsterdammer. I love plants, books and tea. I watch too much Netflix and joined The Amsterdammer to gather experience in journalism and to further explore Amsterdam.

Yoojeong Kim

Photographer

I’m from South Korea, home of “K” culture. I love snapping the moment, to reveal life’s details from daily life to our richest societal events. I joined Amsterdammer because of my beliefs in media and its importance.

Sofia van den Donk

Photographer

Hi, I’m Sofia. Known for being weird, it reflects into my interests. In my opinion, some of the best inventions in the world are tapiocas, toastie irons, roasted rice tea, French toast and cameras. I try to listen to as many kinds of music as possible and I have a general interest in distant and unknown cultures. My studies in Media & Information are not very closely related to any of those, though I enjoy it too.

Photographer

Tara De Gelder

Photographer

I am Tara, currently a second-year Media and Information student at the University of Amsterdam and one of the photographers for the Amsterdammer. My hobbies include practicing yoga, cooking, travelling and all things media-related! Throughout the week you can usually find me at the movies or attending lectures about cultural topics. I am excited to share my photographs with you!

Sofia Romansky

Column Illustrator

Heya! My name is Sofia and I am a first year PPLE student, coming from an American-Ukrainian-Dutch background. Although most of my interests lie in politics and psychology, I also have a love for art, both in creation and learning. Hopefully I can contribute with this passion to the Amsterdammer, sharing the power of illustrations with the community.

Flo McQuibban

Column Illustrator

I’m an illustrator from Denmark and England completing my MA in Literary Studies. I’ve worked as an illustrator and a columnist for The Saint and The Amsterdammer, and now run photography and illustrations website Simply Moth, and creative writing blog Poetry For Moths. In my spare time I read up on Forensic Linguistics, learn languages, test homemade iced teas, game, and pet all the cats.


PR TEAM

Ioana Pintille

SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER

I love everything that helps people to grow and find themselves. Even though I like quiet places in nature, I’m a concert and music festival freak. Dancing to music that I love is my cure to everything, alongside painting, reading and daydreaming. Uniqueness, passion, decency and style are attributes that I appreciate and love seeing in others. If you are kind to me, you’ve earned a place in my heart and not only.

Elviira Luoma

SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER

My name is Elviira Luoma, I am a 22-year-old Finnish digital media student. I am currently completing my second year of Bachelor’s Degree of Media and Information at the University of Amsterdam. I have done an exchange year abroad in Trenque Lauquen, Argentina. Because of that, I am enthusiastic to learn as many languages as one possibly can and I am passionate about traveling. I am an extrovert, extremely positive and I have a kind nature. I take everyone’s opinions into account and respect other people. I am always smiling and overall a happy person as well as very addicted to coffee.

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