Staff

Managing Director — Ides Debruyne

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Ides Debruyne is co-founder and managing director of Journalismfund.eu, an independent non‐profit organisation established (in 1998) with the purpose of stimulating in-depth cross-border journalism in Europe. Ides is also the co-founder of the Dutch-Flemish Association of Investigative Journalists (VVOJ).

He is the founder and chair of “Scriptie vzw”, a non profit organisation that promotes science communication in the Dutch speaking region of Belgium:

In 2013 he and his colleague Brigitte Alfter won the ‘Prize for the Freedom and Future of Media.

Ides Debruyne studied visual arts (painting) at Luca, School of Art in Ghent (Belgium).

Contact: ides.debruyne(at)journalismfund.eu or +32 2 705 59 19

Financial Manager – Linda Berckmans

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Linda Berckmans is the financial manager of Journalismfund.eu.

Contact: linda.berckmans(at)journalismfund.eu) or

Managing Editor — Brigitte Alfter

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Brigitte Alfter is managing editor at Journalismfund.eu.

In her field of responsibilities are the program of the annual European Investigative Journalism and Dataharvest Conference and other journalistic and editorial projects. Brigitte Alfter, born 1966 in Germany, is an award-winning journalist based in Denmark and considers Europe her field of interest. She has worked as a local journalist in Denmark and Germany. From 2004-2008 she was the Brussels-correspondent for the Danish daily newspaper Information.

In 2015 she published he Handbook in Cross-border journalism in Danish language, published in German in the autumn of 2017 and forthcoming in English. She has extensive experience in teaching and training journalists on all levels.

She is a co-founder of several journalism projects, networks and platforms, and she occasionally contributes to scholarly research.

Contact: brigitte.alfter(at)journalismfund.eu

Communication and Project coordinator Money Trail — Lisa Akinyi May

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Lisa Akinyi May is in charge of Journalismfund.eu’s communications and the Money Trail Project. May studied Journalism at Thomas More University College, majoring in television broadcasting. While studying, she did an internship at UNOCHA’s humanitarian news agency, IRIN (currently independent).

As a journalist she has worked for Belgian VRT News channel, MO* Magazine and Mediahuis.

Project coordinator – The European Cross Border Grants — ?

We are looking for a project assistant to manage the “European Cross-border Grants” (ECBG) and to further develop the projects’ activities in Europe. The project assistant will also be tasked with measuring the impact of the European Cross-border Grants. He/she will report to the managing director of Journalismfund.eu. Read more here.

Project coordinator – The Pascal Decroos Fund — Kristof Polfliet

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Kristof Polfliet is since September 2018 Journalismfund.eu’s coordinator for the Pascal Decroos Fund. He studied communication sciences and international relations at the University of Ghent (Belgium)/ He worked as film programmer at the Brussels Film Festival.

Project coordinator – The Flemish Journalism Fund — Michiel Scharpé

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Since September 2018, Michiel Scharpé coordinates Journalismfund.eu’s Flemish Journalism Fund, which supports innovative journalistic infrastructure in Flanders. He studied Literature and International Relations at the University of Leuven. He previously worked for Flanders Literature, supporting literary creators in Belgium and promoting them abroad.