Head of Journal: Ella Goemans
A vibrant student life needs a good student journal – and that’s what we are doing. We put into words what Maastricht’s student body thinks of the world’s affairs.
The Journal Committee realises UNSA’s vision on how journalism should work. In a time where global freedom of press is under fire on multiple fronts, we want to contribute our tiny, little share to the local media’s health. Student papers run by student unions have a long tradition; in the 19th century, they were the place for young European academics to voice their radical political views, making them a major driving force behind numerous liberal uprisings. During the 20th century, those countries falling into dictatorship forcefully cracked down on these forums of progressive thought, so that they carried on delivering subversive content underground. Elsewhere, they flourished on French, American and British campuses. The civil rights movements during the sixties especially saw an explosion of diverse and explosive student publications.
Maastricht should be a place, where this spirit is cultivated and cherished. By us, for you.
To that end, we maintain a website over at diplomat.unsamaastricht.org and we publish a print edition three times a year. Last year, we published over 100 online articles and three successful, high-quality physical editions. Check the last one out here.
For you, the Journal Committee can be an opportunity to gather experience in the journalistic craft: Writing, editing, digital teamwork, social media, blogging and everything in between. If you are looking to polish your CV with real, tangible experience, this is an excellent way to do so. You do not have to be an achieved, published writer to join; but you will be one by the end of the year.
The Committee also is just a great group of friends who share a passion of reading and writing (and partying (
We write about global and European issues as well as local cultural or academic events. In 2019, we will do our best to make Maastricht a hub for discussions on the European Parliament Elections and Brexit. We also produce summaries and follow-ups on the many interesting guest lectures held across the university city, which make it so rich.
But most importantly, you’re free to choose your own topic to write an article about! Let the student body know what you feel like is worthy of discussion. The more passionate you are about it, the better!