About

Editor in Chief
Maaike Platvoet

Maaike Platvoet has been the editor-in-chief of U-Today since 2016. She studied journalism at the University of Windesheim (Hogeschool Windesheim). Afterwards she was employed at the Twentsche Courant Tubantia and in 2002 she began working at the UT.

She puts her heart and soul into journalism. She always stands up for the importance of independent press. As the U-Today’s editor-in-chief, Maaike is responsible for the overall quality of our website, science magazine and special magazine editions.

Journalist
Rik Visschedijk

Rik Visschedijk has worked as a U-Today reporter since May 2016. He has a broad background: he studied history in Groningen, worked for the regional newspaper Twensche Courant Tubantia and as an editor and a communications advisor in The Hague.

Making stories, researching news and bringing complex information back to its core, that is what he likes to do. He believes (and knows from experience) that the campus is just the right place to do that.

Journalist
Michaela Nesvarova

Michaela started working at U-Today as a freelance journalist. After three years of successful collaboration, she came on board as a permanent member of the editorial team in February 2017. Michaela is our first reporter to write only in English, giving U-Today a larger international focus.

Michaela is a graduate of the Charles University in Prague, where she majored in linguistics, but also studied a number of other subjects, such as history, anthropology, sociology or philosophy. She enjoys using this background to bring interesting articles to everyone at the UT, including the local international community.

Editor
Sandra Pool

Sandra Pool (38) has worked at U-Today (UT Nieuws) since October 2005. She started as a reporter and continued to becoming an editor, the coordinator of special editions and the person in charge of advertising and paid content. Sandra connects companies, partners and associates of U-Today through our entrepreneurial portal, an online platform available to both internal and external parties.

In 2001 Sandra obtained her degree in journalism, focused on written press, at the University of Windesheim (Hogeschool Windesheim) and in 2004 she finished her studies of International Relations at the University of Amsterdam.

Journalist
Rense Kuipers

Rense studied Crossmedia Concepting at the Saxion University of Applied Sciences. When he joined U-Today at the end of 2014, he immediately knew two things: 1. This is the place where he wants to call himself a journalist. 2. There’s no better place to do so than at this inspiring campus, where no two days are ever the same.

From student stories to hardcore science. And everything in between and outside of it. Rense wants nothing more than to experience, fathom and clarify your University of Twente. Every day over again.

Journalist
Jelle Posthuma

Jelle studied history and journalism at the University of Groningen. He did an internship at NPO Radio1 and joined U-Today in August 2017. As a historian he wonders how things became the way they are. During his study and work as a journalist, he learned how to bring these stories to a broader public. At U-Today, he focuses on a variety of subjects, but is especially interested in sport, student life and on-the-spot reporting.

Nice to meet you

U-Today is an independent journalistic medium at the University of Twente (UT). You read us to be well informed about anything and everything UT related. Our crowd is very diverse – Dutch students, international students, professors, support staff, the board – but united in their shared interest in the university.

What we do

One of our main channels is this website, where we bring you daily news, as well as in-depth interviews, photo stories, videos and many other interesting articles.

On top of these online stories, we publish our printed Science & Technology Magazine focused on research at the UT.

In addition, we produce special editions: printed magazines on a certain topic, department or development.

We are also active on social media, including Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

How we do it

Most stories come from the hands of our reporters, sometimes supplemented by HOP-press releases (higher education press agency).

Although many articles are written in Dutch, as the international community at the UT grows, we offer more and more articles in English.

Good old journalistic values

The world of journalism has changed drastically over the past years. Like many other news media, we are finding ways to reinvent ourselves and appeal to our audience, while not forgetting the good old journalistic values: when making a story we hear all parties, and we practice the Code of Bordeaux.

The U-Team

With a small permanent staff and a number of freelancers, we create a well-read Uni news medium.

Our team has a few shared traits. We are curious, critical and passionate about our job.

Tip our editors

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Editorial Board

U-Today has an editorial board. This board is meant to reflect the UT community and consists of a Scientific Staff Member, a Support Staff Member and a Student Member.

The editorial board of U-Today meets on average four times a year in order to discuss the chosen editorial policy. Its important function is to provide the editor-in-chief with requested as well as with unsolicited advice. It can also play a role of a mediator in case of conflict.

The Editorial Statute of U-Today provides more information on the editorial board and its function.

The current editorial board includes the following people:

  • Dr. Eric Lutters, Chairman, Teacher & Researcher in the field of Industrial Design
  • Dr. Marloes Letteboer, Scientific Staff Member & Business Director of MIRA
  • Drs. Tom Mulder, Secretary & Policy Officer
  • Professor Ariana Need, Scientific Staff Member & Professor at the BMS Faculty
  • Dr. Oscar Peters, External Member & Employee of Newcom & Research
  • Dico Defize, Student Member & Student of Creative Technology

The editorial board and the Chairman Eric Lutters can be reached by email redactieraad-utoday@utwente.nl

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