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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.

Manager / Photo Editor

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.

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 Editor

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

I’m a first year student of Communication Science trying to contribute to a great student organization and learn new things.

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.

Anna Boyce

Opinion Editor

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

Flo McQuibban

Columnist

Flo is a columnist from Denmark and England who is doing an MA in Literary Studies at the University of Amsterdam. She has worked as an illustrator and columnist for The Saint, and now runs photography and illustrations website Simply Moth, as well as creative writing blog Poetry for Moths. Her spare time is spent reading up on Forensic Linguistics, learning languages, testing homemade iced teas, gaming and petting all the cats.

Columnist

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.

Rebecca Took

Columnist

Master student in English Literature and Culture at UvA.

Communication Science student at UvA.

Metro Reporter

I’m a 21 year-old Classics student on an exchange year from the University of Birmingham in the UK. I was a News Editor at Redbrick, my student newspaper in Birmingham, and I currently work from abroad as the paper’s Deputy Digital Editor. After journalism, my main interests are language, cryptic crosswords, and ancient literature.

Cara Raker

Metro 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!

Metro Reporter

I am Ali, first-year Communication Science student and Metro Reporter at the Amsterdammer. I am a proud Turk in love with this city and its people. Outside of writing I am enthusiastic about music, as I sing and play the guitar, and traveling to see the wonders of this world. Also a big fan of tea.

Soohyun Bae

Metro 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.

Ioana Pintilie

Avenue Editor

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.

Avenue Reporter

First-year PPLE student at UvA.

Avenue Reporter

I am a third year Philosophy student on an exchange from England, and Avenue Reporter at the Amsterdammer. I love all things food related, and am very interested in fashion and design. In my spare time I enjoy visiting the various exhibitions Amsterdam has to offer, and value the opportunity that the Amsterdammer has given me to visit and report on new and exiting places.

Natalia Dercz

Avenue Reporter

I am Natalia, a second-year student of the Media and Information program at UvA, and a fresh avenue reporter at The Amsterdammer. My biggest passions are traveling along with Spanish culture and language. I also love sports, literature and most of all, my three dogs. I joined the Amsterdammer to gain experience in journalism, because I hope to learn things which will help me in my future career.

Elodie Behravan

Avenue Reporter

Media & Information student at UvA.

Fredrik Ringholm

University 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

University Reporter

Josephine is a first year PPLE student and is a university reporter for the Amsterdammer since early 2019. Before moving to Amsterdam she grew up in London in a French-German family.

Shuzhao Xue

University Reporter

A foodie, a gamer, a dog person, a day dreamer, interested in learning languages to know the rest of the world, trying to write to remember valuable moments.

Sarah Iacobacci

University Reporter

Sarah Iacobacci is a 20-year-old Canadian student, studying Communication Science at the UvA. She is the University reporter of The Amsterdammer.

University Reporter

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

Dragos Culcear

Video Editor

Media & Information student at UvA.

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.

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

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!

Videographer

I am Shuka, a second-year PPLE Student at UVA and the videographer for the Amsterdammer. I love films, photography, and fashion, particularly vintage fashion. Always on the lookout for timeless fashionable but sustainable pieces.

Lucia Masip

SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER

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!

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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