RNTC’s pool of trainers includes inspiring, seasoned international journalists with experience in many types of new media on different platforms. They have worked with renowned media organisations like the BBC, CBC, MTV and RNW Media (formerly Radio Netherlands Worldwide).
Issa Shaker is an independent filmmaker with a passion for bringing untold stories to life. Popular for being able to generate viral content, his videos have been viewed over 100 million times online.
Issa has produced media for organisations such as the BBC, Al Jazeera, Russia Today, RNW Media, University of Vienna and University of Wolverhampton. Currently, Issa owns Shaker Productions and is working on several documentary and video projects in Dutch, English and Arabic.
Anass Bendrif specialises in storytelling and the design and implementation of training that is focused on using media to counter radicalisation. He is a communications graduate, experienced in capacity building for media organisations in the MENA region.
Luuk Sengers is an investigative data journalist, trainer, media consultant and university lecturer. He teaches investigative project management, data journalism and interviewing techniques to journalists, activists, corporate workers and university students.
Together with Mark Lee Hunter, he developed 'Story Based Inquiry', one of the world's leading methods of investigative storytelling, adopted by the international NGO company, UNESCO and translated into more than a dozen languages.
Jacqueline Maris is a certified senior trainer who has worked as a freelancer for RNTC for more than 15 years. As senior radio producer on foreign and current affairs, radio documentaries, radio drama, and oral history she worked for almost thirty years for the Dutch national public broadcaster VPRO. Jacqueline ran her own story programme on VPRO and regularly produced multimedia stories. Her work has been awarded several national and international prizes.
Shaun Matsheza is a communication specialist from Zimbabwe, with extensive experience as a content strategist, editor and producer at RNW Media's Africa department. Shaun is a political writer, cultural critic and multimedia producer. He coordinates the Digital Content Creative Course at RNTC, amongst other activities.
Brandon is currently the manager and senior trainer at RNTC, on campus and across the globe. He’s an award-winning screenwriter and filmmaker and his work has been represented at numerous festivals, including the Cannes festival and the Oscars. He has directed several television series, commercials, short films, documentaries, new media content, stage plays, and is well known for his work as a music video and advertising director in his home country, South Africa.
Janet Anderson is an experienced RNTC trainer focusing on advocacy and communication. She uses her many years working for the BBC in Europe and Africa to enable journalists and NGO communication professionals to develop new skills in targeting audiences, crafting stories, and making the most of opportunities offered by new interconnected media landscapes.
Jonathan Groubert teaches investigative journalism, storytelling, and multimedia broadcasting for RNTC. He’s an award-winning journalist and former host of the internationally lauded public radio show “The State We’re In,” - first from Radio Netherlands and then as a podcast for WBEZ Chicago Public Media.
Hennah Draaibaar is an experienced TV journalist, documentary maker, writer and trainer with a passion for engaging stories. She worked for years as a correspondent for the biggest broadcasting company in the Netherlands, NOS.
Tapping into her rich experience as a correspondent for radio, television and online media, as well as years spent training young journalists and professionals, Hennah provides exceptional insight into the craft of telling stories that resonate. Hennah has also directed documentaries such as ‘Marki’ and 'I Choose Me'.