The following authors participated in the Masters of Media blog in 2011 - 2012
    A reading maniac, a social media enthusiast, and a chocolate worshipper. Not necessarily in that order! :)
    I have a bachelor's degree in Sociology with a minor in Communication Science (UvA). Currently I'm doing the New Media master in which I'll try to focus on the relationship between people and their technologies. To pay the rent I develop small websites
    My name is Charlotte and I'm a master student New Media and Digital Culture at the University of Amserdam. After graduating with a bachelor's degree in Psychology at the University of Amsterdam, I did a pre-master year New Media and Digital Culture. I have a passion for everything related to digital media, creativity and design. Having a background in psychology, I'm interested in the social and behavioral aspects of new media as well. My particular research interests are in data visualization, the relation between new media, data and journalism and the social consequences of new media.
    Auke Akkerman
    I was born in 1990 and raised in Arnhem, the Netherlands. After getting my high school diploma, I moved to Amsterdam to study “Dutch language & culture” and later on I did “Business & Economy”. Roaming around Amsterdam these years, I realised I missed DOING something and frankly I wasn't all that hyped about studying at all. I quit my business study, took a little trip to the USA and eventually started to study “Communication and Multimedia design”. I graduated in june 2014 with a concept to support municipal garden by using an online platform. In march 2010, I founded a company called Wrap. We use a goal & user centered approach to help clients get the most out of their digital communication. We develop concept and strategy with a strong focus on web design and development.
    Safia Akkus
    Safia Akkus is a New Media & Digital Culture student with an interest in safety and security in the digital age.
    Mahsa Alimardani
    Mahsa Alimardani is an Iranian-Canadian Internet researcher. Her focus is on the intersection of technology and human rights, especially as it pertains to freedom of expression and access to information inside Iran. She holds a Honours Bachelor in Political Science from the University of Toronto, and is completing her Masters degree in New Media and Digital Culture at the University of Amsterdam.
    Eva Anagnostaki
    My name is Eva and I am a master student in New Media & Digital Culture in the University of Amsterdam. I'm interested in innovative and new media marketing and communication, especially in the creative industry. Moreover,I would like to get involved with event / festival marketing and contribute to the art and cultural promotion. Other personal interests: photography,fashion, music.
    May Andersen
    A 23-year old norwegian journalist and author who studies master in 'New Media and Digital Culture' at The University of Amsterdam. My main interests are social media, politics, the human-technology relation, debate, traveling, meeting new people and having fun.
    Lisa Bergenfelz
    I´m a student originally from Sweden, now living in Amsterdam. I finished my Bachelor degree this June at Gothenburg University my major being Media and Communication studies. Music, art and culture are some of my personal interests and I have been working at several cultural festivals in Sweden the past years. I am following the masters program hoping to gain deeper knowledge of the impact new media has on society. I am particularly interested in studying music and culture oriented organisations transformation and development in a new media environment.
    Sebastian Bertoli
    Hi! I am a student at the University Of Amsterdam taking a course in New Media and Digital Cultures. My interests lie in education, digital literacy, e-learning and MOOCs.
    Joram Binsbergen
    Master student New Media and Digital Culture | Graduated in Communication and Multimedia Design | BA Media & Culture Interested in: Startups | Technology | Digital Methods Initiative | Bitcoin
    Steven Boegborn
    Hey Web-savvy reader, you've found my bio! I'm Steven Boegborn and I'm a New Media graduate at the University of Amsterdam. Prior to this programme, I've obtained degrees in Interactive Media (BCMM) and Media & Culture (BA), so I'm basically putting all my money on this new media thing (The Future, I was promised). Talking about money: I'm Dutch and work as a copywriter for MediaMonks. As a (rookie) researcher, I'm interested in developments in new media that affect or have implications on our everyday lives.
    Yentel Boot
    MA student New Media & Digital Culture
    Jonne-Marie Bouman
    New media and Digital Culture MA student with a background in new media at the University of Amsterdam
    Rebecca Cachia
    I'm Becky Cachia, from Malta and now living in Amsterdam where I'm studying New Media and Digital Culture at the UvA. My interest in new media stems from a fascination with how new forms of media meet and merge with the evolution of education and educational networks. Otherwise, mostly due to the Mediterranean Sea that runs through my veins, I love the sun, the sea, scuba diving and travelling.
    Paula Carmicino
    Paula Carmicino studied writing, directing, editing, and sound editing at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts Film and Television program. Since graduating, she has worked primarily in the post-production industry as a video editor and sound editor. In addition, she has produced three hip hop albums of which several of her songs were used in Jones New York Rachel Roy online advertisements. She has recently worked as an Editing Instructor at Harvard University/New York Film Academy's film and digital filmmaking program. Currently, Paula works editing audio books for Audible Inc. and contributes writing and editorial talents to a vegan website. She is also attending University of Amsterdam's New Media and Digital Culture MA program where she hopes to integrate her past education, skills, and interests with new techniques, methods, and ideas regarding the study of new media.
    Bozhan Chipev
    Currently I'm doing a masters degree in New Media student at the University of Amsterdam. I previously attended the American University in Bulgaria (AUBG), where I completed a double-major BA in Mass Communications and Political Science. After graduating, I spent one year working as a technology reporter at the leading Bulgarian business weekly newspaper 'Capital'. My research interests focus on the use of social media during political campaigning. My professional and personal interests include interactive book publishing, digital marketing, creative advertising, technology and gadgets, and English football.
    Susan Clandillon
    I am a student of New Media and Digital Culture at the University of Amsterdam with a specific interest in digital journalism, blogging and web publication. I have a B.A in European Studies from Trinity College Dublin, and my academic interests include economic sociology, gender and sexuality and history of the first World War - to name a few.
    Felix Clasbrummel
    Felix Clasbrummel is a Research Student of Media Studies at the University of Amsterdam. His interests currently lie in translation/diagrammatics that means in visual, interactive and movemental expression of written thought.
    Ana Crisostomo
    My academic background includes a 4-year Bachelor's Degree in Communication and the attendance of the 1st year of a Master’s Degree in Communication, Culture and Information Technology. I have, however, the greatest excuse for this ‘non-completion’: I relocated from Portugal to the Netherlands amidst my educational adventure. My professional experience has been gathered in several industries within the private and public sectors, the commercial and non-profit spheres, and has been mainly focused on web content management and web project coordination. In parallel to the more ‘serious matters’, a lot of my time revolves around independent and alternative music. I also like interior design and several forms of contemporary urban art. I dislike cooking and writing on the 3rd person.
    Radvile Dauksyte
    I am MA New Media and Digital Culture student in University of Amsterdam. I am originally Lithuanian but I have lived in UK and Australia because I love to explore different cultures. My background is in journalism and media as I have done a degree in this subject, wrote articles for a news portal and did a few internships in PR agencies. I am mostly interested in data journalism, changing economy landscape in digital culture and also the expression and creation of identities in the social media. My biggest passions are travelling, ballroom dancing and cooking.
    Kyra Delsing
    I am a master student New Media and Digital Culture with a background in Interdisciplinary Social Sciences.
    Daniela Diewock
    Daniela Diewock used to work as a New Media Consultant in various advertising agencies back in her home country Germany. She did her Bachelor Degree in Marketing while working at a global telecommunications company.
    Vicentiu Dinga
    Currently I'm an MA student at the UvA. I have a background in Journalism, PR and Advertising. I'm working as a Social Media Manager for various local brands in Romania. I'm interested in New Media, film photography, Gonzo Journalism and PR.
    S. Dorrestein
    S. Dorrestein finished her bachelor's degree in Television Studies, with a minor in Intelligence Studies, at the University of Amsterdam. She's currently aiming to further broaden and bridge this knowledge by doing a Master's in New Media and Digital Culture, also at the University of Amsterdam.
    Matthew Elworthy
    BA Communications graduate (University of Leeds), part-time CMS (content management system) operator, and full-time New Media & Digital Culture MA student at the University of Amsterdam.
    Irina Enache
    This is Irina - PR, online marketing, arts and (new) media passionate. Oh, and also with an interest in entrepreneurship. I graduated in 2011 from The Faculty of Communication and Public Relations of the National School of Political and Administrative Studies - Bucharest, Romania. It's not here that I found the first 2 passions - I chose to have more fun during studies so I was busy writing my thesis on visual humour and its critique on modernity. That's quite a few late nights spent watching silent films! I worked in several online projects that promoted arts & cultural events using social media, as well as a PR Specialist for a contemporary art magazine. Since January 2012 I am collaborating with 10 amazing people on an online startup called TimeBank Romania (more details in a published blog post). My new Media Research is networks analysis, online communities and creative currencies.
    Arman Eslambolchi
    - TA at the University of Amsterdam, Graduate School of Humanities. - Former (and maybe future!) Journalist. - Digital media researcher. - Research Masters member at faculty of Media Studies
    Andrea Fiorentini
    You just found my Bio! My name is Andrea Fiorentini, I come from Como, Italy and I'm a student at the University of Amsterdam. I'm attending the New Media and Digital Culture MA. I got my bachelor's degree in Psychology at the Milano-Bicocca University but my love for the Internet and New Media brought me here in Amsterdam.
    Lauressa Ford
    Hello! I am Lauressa Ford. I was born and raised in Scheveningen, the most difficult city name to pronounce when Dutch is not your first language. After I graduated High School I went to Groningen (also difficult to pronounce) to study History. I also followed classed concerning Modern Art, Rhetoric, Journalism and my Bachelor thesis was about Marc Chagall and the development of Judaism in East and West Europe. After I finished my Bachelor I went to Amsterdam (finally a city that doesn't cause any problems to pronounce) and I followed the short Bachelor program Media and Culture direction New Media. My second bachelor thesis was about Google and the upcoming principles of the semantic web. At the moment I follow the master New Media and Digital Cultures at the University of Amsterdam. In Groningen I learned everything about the past, but now it is time to focus on the future....
    Matthieu Foucher
    Matthieu is a research MA student in Media studies at the University of Amsterdam.
    Carolin Gerlitz
    Dr. Carolin Gerlitz, MA (UdK Berlin) MA PhD (Goldsmiths) is Assistant Professor of New Media at the University of Amsterdam and is member of the Digital Methods Initiative. Her research explores the various intersections between new media and economic sociology. Currently, her interests focus on digital sociology, web economies, issue mapping, digital research methods, social media, brands, evaluation, topology and futures.
    Aurelie Ghalim
    My name is Aurélie Ghalim and I'm 25 years old. I come from Belgium. I studied contemporary history (MA at the ULB) in Brussels and also in Seville. After my graduation I did two internships, one in an art gallery and the other at a newspaper. I would like to be a journalist. Here I am in Amsterdam following the New Media MA program at the UvA
    Inte Gloerich
    As a New Media MA student I am interested in data visualisation, online journalism, open data and the debates about privacy and the way governments try to find ways to deal with the internet. My ultimate goal is to find a way to put my knowledge to good use in broader society, to use online media to inform, empower, enable or connect people.
    Paola Gulian
    Paola Gulian, 23 years old. I attained a BA in Advertising and Media in 2012 and an MA in New Media in 2013. Currently working within the field of social media advertising and PR and have previously worked for NGO's and non-profit organisations as a creative media strategist.
    Eva Hekman
    I am currently a student in the M.A. program New Media and Digital Culture. My B.A. program was towards Film studies, but during an internship and writing my thesis I noticed New Media always found its way into my field of study. Therefore, I chose to pursue the M.A. in New Media. My interest lies mainly with social media marketing and the concept of memory.
    Anne Helmond
    Anne Helmond is Assistant Professor of New Media and Digital Culture and Program Director of the MA New Media and Digital Culture at the University of Amsterdam. She is a member of the Digital Methods Initiative research collective where she focuses her research on the infrastructure of social media platforms and apps. Her research interests include digital methods, software studies, platform studies, app studies, infrastructure studies and web history.
    Larissa Hildebrandt
    I’ve recently completed a BA in Communication at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada. As a Master’s student in New Media and Digital Culture, I hope to study the Internet’s effects on the publishing industry. My other research interests include online privacy and new media literacy. When I’m not studying, you can usually find me enjoying live music, posting on Instagram, or traveling.
    Sagar Hugar
    Aspiring data journalist // Big data enthusiast
    Joseph Jackson
    International student from Manchester, UK. Studied BA Cultural Studies at the University of Leeds. BA dissertation titled 'The Influence of the Psychedelic on Western Society' with focus on formation + interactions of subcultures, social semiotics and close analysis of Frankfurt School theory.
    Pascal Janssens
    I have a bachelors degree in Media and Culture at University of Amsterdam. Currently I am in the master program New Media and Digital Cultures.
    Lieke Kersten
    My name is Lieke kersten, New Media and Digital Culture student 2015/2016. I am interested in everything web-related. This year I have written reports on platforms using Digital Methods - the link bellow shows a report on BuzzFeed - and I have been specializing in surveillance, privacy and specially the concept of (online) anonymity.
    Ihab Khiri
    As a B.Sc. graduate in International Communication and Media at Erasmus University in Rotterdam I believe I am concerned with a very important and omnipresent development in current society. Studying media means studying everyday life. My current interests are the use of Media for the development and social relations. As a current student at the Master of Media I aim to develop my knowledge with regard to community management and increase different skills that will create a base for future investigation.
    Seah Kim
    I was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea. My undergraduate degree was Material Science and Engineering but I got my master’s degree from the Graduate School of Science and Technology Policy at KAIST (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology). I wrote my master’s thesis about international scientific advisory institution, pursuing my general interest in looking at how scientific knowledge is combined with specific values and meanings of society and how it is shared in society. I have developed my interest in digital media at the intersection of science, culture and society across different countries and places through graduate studies and personal experiences. I am currently interested in contemporary landscapes in relation to people’s changing sense of time, space and subjectivity influenced by digital media. Therefore, my research interests include digital mapping, locative media and cultural practices in urban space especially in relation to digital infrastructures and sense of connectedness among people in digital culture. I hope to put my academic investigations about digital media and culture into practices.
    Sonia Kolasinska
    Sonia Kolasinska is a freelance writer and journalist. She has been working for Univers, Tilburg University Magazine. Currently she follows a Master program in New Media and Digital Culture, in order to combine her interest in journalism and writing with the possibilities and demands of a new media sphere.
    Cristel Kolopaking
    Alumnus of the New Media & Digital Culture Research Master, Cristel Kolopaking proceeded at the University of Amsterdam as a lecturer in the Bachelor of Media & Information. She teaches how to approach the Internet conceptually as well as methodologically in various courses. Her research interest lies in online ethics and epistemological reflexivity of digital methods.
    Daria Koreniushkina
    I graduated from Saint-Petersburg State University of Telecommunications with a degree in Public Relations in 2011. Meanwhile, I started my professional career when being a student as a project manager at the advertising agency. At that time I also had some sort of hobby: during the holidays I worked as a group leader at children camps. My experience in this sphere helped me to launch a web startup in May, 2011. It is the first online service for booking children camps in Russia. Working on it, I clearly understood that effective management in new media business demands not only practical skills but also deep knowledge of new media theories and research methods. That is why now I study at the University of Amsterdam at MA New Media and Digital Culture. Moreover, our company organized the first Parenting Conference in Saint-Petersburg in September, 2011. Now I understand that this project can have a significant impact on parents’ competency. In my country the problem of parents’ competency affects the upbringing and education of young generation dramatically. And I want to contribute to this problem solving. So in February we opened Parenting Academy where educational events with the leading experts of Saint-Petersburg became regular and are rather successful. However, I believe that we have to use new media more effectively to attract attention of mass audience. So my research interests lay basically in the field of e-commerce. Moreover, I am interested in new media audience behaviour and cultural differences of new media audience.
    Max Kortlander
    Max Kortlander grew up in Ohio and works as a musician, writer, and editor. He is currently working on an M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Amsterdam.
    Arla Krikke
    Studying New Media & Digital Culture at the University of Amsterdam.
    Charly Landman
    Graduated at the University of Amsterdam in 2012 with a Bachelor's degree in Media & Culture (specialization Film and visual culture). Graduated in 2013 at the University of Amsterdam as Master of Arts in New Media and Digital Culture. Interested in remix culture, videography, digital/video/street art, digital marketing, online 'virality' and data visualization.
    Indre Lauciute
    Hi. Nice meeting you. I'm a student of Master's 'New Media & Digital culture' at university of Amsterdam coming from the background of literature studies. I've been working as a journalist reporting daily news both, writing articles and making video reports. As well was involved into the the routine of post-production film / advertisement company located in Amsterdam. Decided to study New Media cause it's been my wish since three/four years and, don't tell anyone, a dream to be a professor since I was a teenager. Don't know if it will happen but am happy to come back to academic environment. P.S. I love dancing lindyhop. Join me whenever!
    Kieran Lewis
    My name's Kieran Lewis and I'm part of the New Media MA tract (2012-13). My Bachelors was in Social Anthropology at the London School of Economics and I graduated this June. My research interests center around the uses of New Media in conflict and crisis situations
    Maya Livio
    I'm a media researcher and cultural producer. I was born and raised in Tel Aviv, lived in Baltimore for many years, and then moved to Amsterdam with 2 cats.
    Ferdy Looijen
    I am an alumni New Media & Digital Culture master student from the University of Amsterdam. Before this master program I completed the Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Amsterdam, and the Bachelor of Communication and Multimedia Design at the Hogeschool van Amsterdam. My BA thesis focussed on the Professionalization of the Modding Culture. Furthermore, my MA thesis, 'Gamification of Gaming', showed how digital distribution platforms make use of gamification elements in order to keep their users engaged. I am interested in games, social media and marketing. For more information you could have a look at my LinkedIn profile: Ferdy Looijen
    Alex Maat
    Starting with the ICT Management school to support his hobby of building websites, Alex Maat has developed a particular interest in the internet. The only right choice was to attend to Communication and Multimedia Design (Interactive Media) at the Hogeschool van Amsterdam to gain more in depth knowledge about the broader image and while keeping websites in mind, he received his first Bachelor degree - completing the Technology, Design and Interaction program. But he felt this wasn't enough and there was something missing. This was found in the New Media Masters program at the University of Amsterdam, but to be allowed to participate, the second (shortened) Bachelor Media and Culture at the University of Amsterdam had to be done. He succeeded. Currently working part time in web development at IDSGN in Hoofddorp, Maat is continuously improving his programming skills as well as the knowledge needed to keep up with new technologies and new improvements of his own skill set. He is interested in the technologies that drive websites and trends in webdesign and -functionality.
    Alex Manole
    Started to love the online environment when launched an urban culture magazine in Romania, called ( and then decided to upgrade to Pro and work in the industry of digital advertising. First came Sanoma Hearst Romania, followed by media planning (& a bunch of interesting other stuff) at Zenith Communication. Got a BA in Communication Studies and Journalism and currently in a Master's Program in New Media @ UvA.
    Juliana Marques
    I come from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to be in touch with ultimate changes in the way we communicate, interact with each other and learn. I hold a BA in Social Communication with a major in Journalism and my undergraduate thesis was about on-line newsgathering and changes in journalistic production. I have a background in scientific journalism, corporate communication and web content edition and creation. Although I am still interested in how media professionals are working on-line, my objective is to research about how digital content can be created, tools can be designed and developed to expand our knowledge. I enjoy traveling, reading, concerts, movies and sharing bright ideas.
    Jules Mataly
    I started with a BA in communication & multimedia in France during which I did a 3 months internship in a webTV and an other one in a norwegian startup building an iPhone/Android application. Then I stayed in Oslo for a year where I worked in a contemporary art gallery, before moving to Amsterdam to start the master New media and digital culture. Internet and media related interests are data visualization and online communities. Follow me on Twitter
    Nora McLeese
    Half-American, Half-Dutch, Nora has a bachelor's in Media Arts and Design from James Madison University, a master's in Journalism from the London School of Communications and is interested in the effect Internet speech has on daily linguistics.
    Joe Mier
    A native of Danville, Virginia (population 43,055), Joe Mier is currently completing his second and final year of the Research Masters in Media Studies at the University of Amsterdam. After pursuing a BA in Media Studies at the University of Virginia with a focus in film and television, Joe worked in the field of book and online publishing - first in semantic tagging in Charlottesville, and then in New York at Macmillan Publishers. His current research interests are software studies, convergence and transmedia storytelling, and locative media in urban environments. Joe enjoys traveling and bagels.
    Fenneke Mink
    Master student New Media & Digital Culture: thesis subject Google Art Project. Finished BA of applied science in Information and Documentation Management (IDM) at the Hogeschool van Amsterdam (HvA). After this I worked as Information manager at ING. Recent working for CBS as Statistic Analist in new media sources. My interest of new media is triggered by initiatives of digitalization projects. In 2009/2010 I have been working at ANP Foundation's project to preserve Dutch cultural heritage of 50.000 news photos form 1963 to 1967. You can have a look at this project via: . I also have been involved with
    Andreea Mironiuc
    Andreea Mironiuc is a digital art enthusiast, currently discovering the wonders of New Media at the University of Amsterdam.
    Ash Monzer
    Ashraf started his career in public relations as an intern with Impact Porter Novelli (Dubai) and worked on expanding his horizons swiftly to become part of Edelman Digital (Dubai) and has grown his experience in various practices within Edelman. In his short time with Edelman, Ashraf has participated in various events that took place in Dubai and Abu Dhabi in digital field. At a later stage he joined Apco Worldwide and worked on a special in-house project for a the Government of Dubai - United Arab Emirates (UAE).He has strong command and understanding for various social media platforms and client servicing. Ashraf has had over 6 years of work experiences in sales, customer service, management, and product coordination, enhancing his communication skills and gaining him experience in dealing with people on professional and personal levels. In addition, he has lead various successful social media campaigns on different social media channels and has successfully initiated great content development for multiple clients. A communication art graduate (emphasis on journalist), Ashraf graduated from the American University of Science and Technology in 2012 (Beirut). Ashraf is pursuing his Master's degree in the Netherlands at University of Amsterdam in New Media & Digital Culture as of August 2015 and is looking for internships or part-time job opportunities to further enhance his experience.
    Despoina Mountanea
    Born in Athens, Greece but with origins from Prosilio, a small village at South Peloponnese. Obtained a degree on Educational Science on February 2012 from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. Having been working as a private teacher for the last 2 years and as a promoter part-timely while learning latin dances and playing volleyball. The realization that new generation of teachers has evolved from being consumers of digital environments to analysts and designers of such environments, and the impact that new media have on people and relations led me to this specific master New Media and Digital Culture. And though I have difficulties in finding a house I am still very excited to be here for this purpose.
    Mihaela Naftanaila
    Hi everyone! My name is Mihaela Naftanaila and I come from Bucharest, Romania. This year I moved to Amsterdam to study New Media and I am confident that I will learn a lot, I will do many interesting projects and I will read books, which altogether will complete me as a person and for sure will help me in my future career. I have a Bachelor in journalism and I have been working as a reporter, mainly in printing press. I used to cover health and social issues for a daily newspaper, but last year, I became more involved in the online production department as a result of my increasing interest in New Media. My particular area of interests are websites and social platforms. Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is also among my priorities.
    Diana Necula
    My educational background includes a BA in Management and another one in Communication Studies & Journalism. Currently I am studying at the New Media Master Program at the University of Amsterdam. Very interested in the digital environment and passionate about online communication, digital publishing and the blogosphere. For the last 5 years I have been working in media (3 years in online media). At the moment I'm involved in three online projects.
    Alina Niemann
    Working for almost two years in a Berlin based web agency, I now returned to university to learn about new media research pratices, methods and theories.
    Leonie Nijenmanting
    New Media enthusiast, especially interested in participatory practice. Read more about participatory culture and research on Pearch In addition, I'm a rock climber and one of the bloggers for Vertical Athletes
    Laura Nusser
    I'm Laura, a 21-year-old New Media and Digital Culture student at the University of Amsterdam. Earlier this year I finished my Bachelor's degree in Communication and Information sciences. I'm interested in the new media and social media scene, especially how they are used as a marketing tool.
    Joris Pekel
    I’m a MA. New Media student at the University of Amsterdam. In november 2009 I graduated as a bachelor theater, film and televisionstudies at the University of Utrecht. After that I started an internship at Kennisland where I worked on a project called Images for the Future. My main interests go to: Social media and how they can or can’t be useful, online copyright, Creative Commons and privacy issues. Other than that I’m an improv-theater actor and music lover (check out my famous Dutch eclectic-farmerband “Skitterend Mooi!”)
    Jaimy Quadekker
    Hi! My name is Jaimy Quadekker. Originally I am from Leiden (Holland), but after graduating high school I went to Italy to learn the language and explore this beautiful country. I spent three months in Perugia and three in Rome. After that I returned to Holland, to study Communication and Information Science at the University of Utrecht. That took me four years. I started a minor Italian language and a minor Information Science, during this last one my interest for webdesign and usability engineering began to grow. In my Bachelor thesis I wrote about WhatsApp and how it influences bounded solidarity, a new media theory by Rich Ling. I finished my Bachelor in june 2012. Currently I am enrolled in the Masters program of New Media and Digital Culture at the University of Amsterdam.
    Jeroen Rademakers
    Jeroen Rademakers is a student of the Masters program New Media and Digital Cultures at the University of Amsterdam. He grew up in Heerlen (Limburg, Nederland) and studied Arts and Culture at the University of Maastricht with the specialization of Media Culture. His passions are new media and music. He used to have his own weblog, and writes music reviews for the Dutch webforum
    Audrika Rakshit
    Originally from New Delhi, India, I'm now living in Amsterdam to follow the MA New Media and Digital Culture programme at the University of Amsterdam. I have an interest in independent/alternative music, literary modernism, films and the cross-section of culture and new media. I have work experience in marketing (traditional and digital) and social media. Consequently, my research interests are currently scattered between marketing analytics and effective communication strategies, on the one hand, and the psychology of social media, on the other.
    Christoph Rauch
    Born in Germany, I came to Amsterdam to pursue my attempt in increasing more knowledge about New Media and Media in general. Great opportunities are within digital media and I will specialize in Media Manipulations. Also much interested in the applied field, I will try to work on the business end focused on community management and online marketing. I also do compose music for different media which is all connected with computers and the opportunity more recent to compose for and with new media forms. Using media for realising compositions is only one key fact here. Go and check my music @
    Lucas Reehorst
    I study Media Studies (research master) at the University of Amsterdam. In 2010 I finished a BA in Media & Culture and in the summer of 2012 I received a master's degree in History: American Studies. An interest in the efforts of the Digital Methods Initiative has brought me here (to New Media at the UvA). Other research interests include metaphor, editorial cartoons, medium specificity and media history.
    Stella Rieck
    After having finished my BA in English and Comparative Literature at the University of Glasgow, I am currently enrolled in the New Media and Digital Cultures MA program at the University of Amsterdam.
    Bernhard Rieder
    Assistant Professor at UvA Media Studies, researching on the history, theory, and politics of software, more particularly on the role of algorithms in social processes and the production of knowledge. Has worked as a Web programmer on various projects and is currently writing a book on the history and cultural significance of information processing.
    Rose Rowson
    I am a second year rMA student currently writing my thesis on magical writing in contemporary digital culture. I am a founding member of Da Thirst magazine, a UK based expanded form magazine and artist collective.
    Kelly Sadek
    Kelly is a Lebanese student currently doing a New Media and Digital Culture Master's degree at the UvA. She graduated with BA in Communication Arts - Emphasis Journalism from the Lebanese American University in Beirut, Lebanon.
    Giovanna Salazar Ojeda
    Giovanna is currently a graduate student of the Research Masters in Media Studies, specialization in New Media and Digital Culture, at the University of Amsterdam. Her fields of interest range from political communication, to ICT for development, new media phenomenon and human rights.
    Ineke Scheffers
    Hi, I'm Ineke. I'm a social media, internet and television addict. When somebody tells me about a trip the first question that comes to my geeky mind is: 'How was the WiFi?' rather than 'How was the weather?'. Instead of admitting to my infobesitas, I decided to make this new media addiction my life by studying it and hopefully making it (part of) my job someday. That's why I chose for this Master: New Media & Digital Cultures. Last year I graduated my BA in Media & Culture from the University of Amsterdam. I wrote my thesis on ACTA and it was called 'You Can't Squeeze Blood From a Stone. Why ACTA Isn’t Beneficial for the Media Industry Either.'. I believe in the 'sharing is caring'-internet and like to see the ones in power to treat this space appropriately. So not by criminalizing, blocking and censoring content using the old traditional media model, but by embracing this 'new' techniques and developing a fitting new media approach. During this summer I decided it was time for an internship and I ended up as an internet editor at Merge Media in The Hague. I was lucky, this company gets it! Just like me they don't see the 'social, downloading, peer to peer sharing, pirating'-internet as a threat to commercial businesses, but they see it as a site of great opportunities. They believe by giving the consumer something worthy (not necessarily for the world, but for the target audience), your brand will get something worthy back: A loyal sincere passionate evangelizing consumer. At Merge I got the chance to blog; copy write; vent my thoughts about social media; create, analyze and give advice on Facebook and Google Adwords campaigns and create my very own engagement program for Merge itself. At the moment I combine this Master with (very) part time blogging at Merge. Want to know more? Feel free to Tweet me!
    Mathias Schuh
    Graduate of the 2013 class.
    Lani Shadduck
    I'm Lani Shadduck from the United States. After graduating from the University of Toronto with Bachelors in Political Science and Europe Studies, I worked as a writing covering technology and later as copyeditor for Media General. Working in the newspaper field sparked my interest in New Media and inspired me to currently my pursue a Masters in New Media and Digital Culture at the University of Amsterdam.
    Jolien Siemerink
    I achieved my Masters in New Media & Digital Culture at the University of Amsterdam. Within media studies I focused my research on the development of demographics online. Specifically de-genderization, or the marketing related process - I found parallel to post democratization - that influences our online and thereby our offline personality while we are randomly surfing the world wide web.
    Robert Silvis
    I'm a 27 years old former Interaction Designer, now New Media expert, currently living in Hoofddorp, The Netherlands. After obtaining my bachelor degree in 2010 in Communication and Multimedia Design at the Hague, my interest in new media sparked and made me realise there was a lot more knowledge to obtain about this growing phenomenon. Pursuing this interest, I obtained a second bachelor's degree in Media and Culture at the University of Amsterdam in 2012, as this was the requirement to participate in the New Media MA programme. My BA thesis focussed on the changing gatekeeper structure caused by WikiLeaks, allowing the normal citizen to actively participate in the field of journalism. To me, the constant presence of new media is expanding our perception and experience of the world, bringing an impact to our society and changes our former ways of communication.
    Daan Smith
    I am a general content mangager at the company Round Games based in Amsterdam, with a BA in Media & Culture. At this job I am currently working on different sites/blogs and providing them with (new, fresh) content. Also, I make sure the Social Media that go along with these sites (twitter, facebook, pinterest, etc.) have high levels of conversion. I am following the Master's programme in order to combine my practice skills with (the latest) theories.
    Janina Sommerlad
    Janina (Nina) did her Bachelor degree in Politics and English Studies at the Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany. Afterwards she attended the further education program, called Book and Media Practice at the same university. She enjoyed the course Online Publishing a lot and quickly decided to do her Master based on the subject of New Media Studies. The UvA offered a pretty suitable program and also appealing out-of-school activities (CREA / USC) and that is why she applied… and now enjoys life in beautiful Amsterdam!
    Sage Stargrove
    Born and raised in Portland, Oregon, I have recently made my way to Amsterdam to attend school at the University of Amsterdam for a Masters in New Media and Digital Culture. I received a Bachelor of Arts from Gonzaga University in Journalism with minors in English and Philosophy. While attending Gonzaga, I worked at the University's newspaper, The Gonzaga Bulletin. During my years at the paper I switched roles from Staff Writer to Copy Editor and then finally, Blog Editor. Along with this, I held internships at various communication organizations and recently became certified as a financial advisor when I spent my year after undergraduate working at a private financial firm.
    Blanka Szamos
    -BA thesis in online group dynamics on Facebook -research essay in Scandinavian criminal books and series -essays in cultural economics
    Patrycja Szumacher
    I have Bachelor of Design. I've studied Design & Digital Arts at the Edinburgh Napier University (Scotland). I also received a Certificate of Higher Education in Media Studies from Aberdeen Business School (The Robert Gordon University). I've worked as junior designer in the creative team for the Ashdown's International (main online brand: Citylets) for six months.
    Massiel Sánchez
    Massiel Sanchez (1984) was born in San-Juan de La Maguana, Dominican Republic. She has also lived in Australia but now resides in Utrecht (NL). In the past she worked as a webeditor, digital archiver and database-employee at various institutions and companies including Philips Electronics and the Royal Institute for the Tropics. She is finishing an M.A. in New Media, likes to work as a freelance producer/assistant for tv programs like EenVandaag and PBS Newshour. She is also producer/director of a long-term short documenty filmed in Moshi, Tanzania. She has been responsible in various multimedia projects for all aspects of field segments, from pitching idea to on-the-ground reporting to editing video for broadcast. Last but not least, she is more than interested in issues regarding digital culture, gender and Internet Freedom.
    Radina Teodosieva
    Bulgarian master student in New Media and Digital Culture at University of Amsterdam. I'm interested in book publishing and transmedia, too.
    Isabel Theissen
    master student of the New Media and Digital Culture program at the Universiteit van Amsterdam // graduated in Social Sciences (B.Sc.) at the University of Cologne with a focus on Marketing and Media Management // studied a semester abroad at the Universté Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (Political Sciences; History of Arts) // several work experiences in press work; online-communication and event management // lastly responsible for the press work of the Cologne fashion and design event 'le bloc' // interested in traveling; communication; fashion and design; art -especially photography; cooking; jazz-dance // research interest: positive and negative impact of social media on the real-life; integration of social media in marketing and PR-strategies; online-communication.
    Katía Truijen
    This article is written by Katía, an Amsterdam citizen, musician, future new media philosopher, tower guide and situationist (among other things). She got her BA in Media & Culture - New Media in 2011 (cum laude) and took part in the honours programme Art & Research, a collaboration between the UvA and Rietveld Academie. She currently works as an editor for Virtueel Platform and performs with her band throughout the country.
    Alexandros Valarakis
    My name is Alexandros Valarakis and I was born and raised in Athens, the capital of Greece. I graduated from the Physics department of National and Kapodistrian Univeristy of Athens. I worked as an editor in arts column at Kaleidoskopio magazine.
    Eva Valkhoff
    I studied communication (hbo) and specialized in brand management and magazine management. I did an Erasmus program at CEU San Pablo in Madrid. During these months my main courses were advertising, international relations and pr. I finished my studies with an internship at Foam Magazine. After that I explored South-East Asia for a while. Back in Amsterdam I did another bachelor in Communication Science at the UvA. This is where I became interested in new media technologies. I finished my studies doing research and writing my thesis on social media. Currently, my main goal is to become a master in new media and digital culture.
    Giel Veenstra
    I was born in Amsterdam. My background (and BA) was in television studies, but found that I usually bent my papers in the BA to fit more into a New Media perspective. My main interest lies with gaming theory.
    Jennifer Veldman
    I've finished my BA in Cultural Anthropology & Development Socialogy with a specialization in global connections. Currently i'm following the MA Media Studies: New Media & Digital Culture in Amsterdam
    Anne-Claire Verheul
    Received a Bachelors diploma in Media & Culture: Television Studies at the UvA (2011). Quickly I discovered a passion for New Media innovations such as Augmented Reality and was interested in information linked to Web-pathology & algorithms. Therefore, I made a switch in Master program and now follow Digital Culture at the UvA. To ease the switch beforehand, I followed additional New Media courses in 2012 at the UvA. Also, I worked as an intern at the beta company called Roamler. Here I helped start up the app abroad in the United Kingdom and functioned also as community support. Twitter & Pinterest: @acverheul
    Wieneke Vucht van
    Born and raised in the Netherlands, but I like to travel and explore the world. I am currently working as a chief editor for Pauw&Witteman, a live late night talkshow (current affairs). Before this job, I worked as an editor, camjo and reporter. Some time ago I did a BA in Journalism. I started the Master New Media in September 2012, to learn more about possibilities and use of new media. Interests: composition of old and new media, (worldwide) politics and new media culture throughout the world.
    Agnieszka Walewinder
    Independent travel blogger and photographer currently doing a Master's Degree in New Media and Digital Culture at the University of Amsterdam. Social Media expert and SEO geek interested in marketing and PR. Co-founder of and an author of two travel eBooks.
    Esther Weltevrede
    Esther Weltevrede is a second year Media Studies Research Master student at the University of Amsterdam. Before studying New Media she attended the School of Arts in Breda where she received a Bachelor degree in Graphic Design. She is involved as researcher and coordinator in the recently founded Digital Methods Initiative at the University of Amsterdam. DMI is dedicated to developing tools and methods for researching the ‘natively digital.’ Since this summer she is a member of GovComOrg, a foundation dedicated to creating and hosting political tools on the Web. Currently she is a part-time teacher Information Visualization at Master Editorial Design, Utrecht School of Art, and part-time teacher Public Design at Interactive Media, Hogeschool van Amsterdam.
    Richelle Werners
    Hi! I'm Richelle and I'm a student living in Amsterdam. Currently I am an New Media and Digital Culture student at the UvA. I also have a Master of Science degree (Political Communication and Journalism) and two bachelor degrees (Communication Science and Media, information and Communication Management).
    Serena Westra
    Serena Westra is a Master New Media and Digital Culture student at the University of Amsterdam. She finished her Bachelor Media & Culture - with a specialization in New Media and minor in Sociology - in 2011 at the UvA. After that, she went on a six month exchange to Australia where she studied Communication, Journalism and Advertisement at the University of Technology Sydney. She is involved for several years with the Institute of Network Cultures, where she started as an intern in 2010, and currently works at the Hogeschool van Amsterdam concerning the Honours program for students of the faculty Media, Creation and Information. Serena has done research about identity construction on Facebook, with use of software studies and the sociological theory of 'Impression Management'. The theses 'Performing the Self: Identity on Facebook', supervised by Geert Lovink, can be found on:
    V Weydert
    DUT in Advertising 2012 (France) BA in Marketing 2013 (Ireland)
    Chaïm Wijnberg
    If you would like to know more about me, you can always ask or Google me.
    Nora Wohlfeil
    Born and raised in Germany with a stop over in Japan. In my Bachelor's I studied Communication & Cultural Management. I am interested in what cultural heritage means in the digital era and how new media affect our society - in whatever ways that may be. Also I love cheese and music.
    Stijn Wonderen van
    Gentlemen goodnight. And ladies… Good morning. My name is Stijn van Wonderen and people often describe me as a film, television and new media addict. I can spend hours behind a computer screen just looking at random stuff I stumble upon. I’m also into music and philosophy. “Writing about music is like dancing about architecture.” (Author unknown) What fascinates me are the various ways in which new media technology is able to gradually transform numerous aspects of our daily lives while naturalizing itself in the process. This is one of the many reasons why I chose to be in this Masters of New Media program. Last year I graduated my BA in Media & Culture where I did a thesis on memetics and the meme-culture surrounding 4chan and Anonymous, focusing on questions like ‘what makes a good meme?’ and ‘how can memes be politically significant?’ In the past I’ve worked as a web-editor for the Dutch business-site I’m currently working as a freelance writer, journalist and music producer. During this course, I am hoping to gain more theoretical knowledge about new and old media phenomena and to learn about some more practical aspects like coding and research methods as well.
    Sasha Wood
    I, Sasha Wood am a fresh first year New Media and Digital Culture master student at the University of Amsterdam. Before studying the master program I obtained a bachelor's degree in Communication Science at the University of Amsterdam, and a bachelor's degree in Human Resource Management at the Hogeschool van Amsterdam. During my last year of Communication Science I got really interested in the effects of new media, and particularly in identities and communities online. For my graduation thesis I got the chance to enroll in the course social network sites, video games and virtual worlds. Which allowed me to do a literature study about what factors determine how people present themselves on online dating sites. During the master program I hope to learn more about interactivity & new media, and mapping politics.
    Serkan Yildizeli
    I am a New Media Master student at the University of Amsterdam. As an undergraduate I studied Media en Cultuur at the same university. On the blog and in my profile, you can find and read my blog posts related to issues, events and objects in the context of new media.
    Shiyi Zhou
    Student studying in MA in New Media and Digital Culture at the University of Amsterdam
    Richard Zimerman
    I spent the past few years in Geneva, Switzerland doing a BA in Media Communications and Management also focusing part of my work on marketing. One of my key interests was information quality in the age of web 2.0 and how massive information sharing and UGC can interfere with the learning process. Currently I am doing a Masters at the UvA in New Media and Digital Culture. I am mostly interested in new developments in the technological sector, such as ubiquitous computing, and their impact on society and future business models.
    Jan Zuilhof
    MA New Media and Digital Culture student at the University of Amsterdam. I am interested in media, both old and new. My main focus would be on online music culture, in which the tension between old and new media often arises. For instance, sharing music on the web is great. But it also makes local record stores (which I really love) disappear. And of course there is the aesthetics discussion. This MA year, I hope to do some research in that direction.
    Joey de Jong
    My name is Joey, I am 23 years old and I live in Haarlem, close to Amsterdam. In June 2012 I finished the bachelor Media & Cultuur at the University of Amsterdam and I am currently following the Masters programme New Media & Digital Culture on that same university.
    Tessa de Keijser
    After finishing my Bachelors in Comparative Literature and New Media & Digital Cultures at the University of Amsterdam, I started the Research Master Cultural Analysis and the Master New Media & Digital Cultures. My research interests include digital heritage, (post)memory studies and Dutch memorial practices.
    Ryan de Ruiter
    I am studying the MA New Media and Digital Culture at the University of Amsterdam.
    Rik van Eijk
    MA American Studies and MA New Media and Digital Cultures student. From Amsterdam.
    Sander van Haren
    New media master's student
    Milan van Vugt
    Hi! I'm Milan, an exited New Media student who is still figuring out what she finds the most interesting in this new, lively and broad field of research and studies.
    Stef van den Broek
    Student at the New Media and Digital Culture Master. Completed bachelor Media en Cultuur at the University of Amsterdam.
    Lydia van der Spek
    I am currently doing a New Media and Digital Culture masters degree at the University of Amsterdam. My interest in new media has been present for a while, having completed a bachelors degree in Communication and Multimedia Design at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. During my bachelors degree I did an internship at a Dutch advertising/communications agency, working on a transmedia storytelling campaign for SOA/AIDS Nederland. Before obtaining my degree I wrote my thesis on power structures within the online network. I have spent a year in Florence, Italy studying art and have been working as a graphic designer since 2009, both freelance and for Dutch e-commerce business Greetz. After taking some time off from studying I have worked full time for a while and have then gone travelling for three months. I am now back at the University of Amsterdam to finish my masters degree, which is currently my main focus.
    Fernando van der Vlist
    Research Master's student in Media Studies at the University of Amsterdam.