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Luuk Sengers

Luuk Sengers is an independent environmental journalist and teacher.

His stories, about the impact of corporations on nature, the environment and the climate, are published in the leading Dutch magazine De Groene Amsterdammer. His investigations are often data driven. In the past he has worked as a business reporter at NRC Handelsblad, Associated Press Services, Quote and Intermediair.

Luuk also teaches investigative methods, data journalism and interviewing techniques to students and professionals. He has trained thousands of journalists and researchers on five continents. Together with Mark Lee Hunter, he developed the Story-Based Inquiry method for investigative journalists, which is widely acclaimed as a benchmark for education in the profession. 

He is (co-)author of several manuals for investigative journalism, of which “Story-Based Inquiry. A Manual for Investigative Journalists” (2009) has been adopted by Unesco and published in fifteen languages. His most recent book with Mark Lee Hunter, “Modern Investigative Journalism: A Comprehensive Curriculum”, was published by Arabic Reporters for Investigative Journalism in 2019.

Luuk teaches in newsrooms and at universities at home and abroad, including the Thomas More University of Applied Sciences in Mechelen (Belgium) and the Vrije Universiteit in Brussels. He advised NGOs including Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth and regularly speaks at IRE, GIJC, CIJ and Data Harvest conferences, the world’s leading forums for best practices in investigative journalism.

For ten years he was on the board of the VVOJ, the Dutch-Flemish association of investigative journalists. Luuk studied Social-Economic History at Radboud University Nijmegen. When he is not working, he hikes in nature with a good camera in his backpack.

Languages: Luuk speaks Dutch, English and German.

Previous employers:

· De Groene Amsterdammer
· Intermediair
· Quote
· NRC Handelsblad
· Geassocieerde Pers Diensten
· Haarlems Dagblad

Academic clients:

· Thomas More University of Applied Sciences in Mechelen (Belgium)
· Fontys University of Applied Sciences in Tilburg (Netherlands)
· Institut des Hautes Etudes des Communications Sociales (IHECS) in Brussels
· Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU)
· Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)
· University of Amsterdam (UvA)
· Rijksuniversiteit Groningen (RUG)
· Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam (EUR)
· Internationale Research Journalistiek (Fonds Pascal Decroos/Fontys Hogeschool)
· De Redactie in Amsterdam/Monnickendam
· PGO Academy in Utrecht
· Centrum voor Communicatie en Journalistiek in Utrecht (CCJ)
· Persacademie (Fontys Hogeschool voor Journalistiek)
· Academie voor de Periodieke Pers (Vlaanderen)
· Radio Netherlands Training Centre (RNTC)
· OpenEyes/VersPers
· The Centre for Investigative Journalism (CIJ) in London

Corporate clients:

· De Volkskrant (Dutch national newspaper)
· NRC Handelsblad (Dutch national newspaper)
· De Standaard (Belgian national newspaper)
· Noord-Hollandse Dagbladcombinatie (newspapers)
· PZC en BN/De Stem (Dutch local newspapers)
· Dagblad van het Noorden (Dutch regional newspaper)
· NOS (Dutch public broadcasting)
· Uppdrag granskning (Mission investigate), Swedish Television
· MTNL (multicultural broadcasting organisation)
· Evangelische Omroep (Evangelic Broadcasting Corporation)
· Budhist Broadcast Organization
· TU Delft (technical university)
· FNV Bondgenoten (federal workers union)
· AbvaKabo
· CBS (Dutch Statistical Office)
· Rekenkamer Z-O Nederland
· Belastingdienst (Dutch Tax Department)
· Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk (MDR)
· Telefakts (Belgium television)
· SCOOP Macedonia
· The Centre for Investigative Journalism (London)
· Correctiv! (Berlin)
· Frontline Club (London)
· Független Médiaközpont Center for Independent Journalism (Budapest)
· Greenpeace
· Friends of the Earth Netherlands (Milieudefensie)
· Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF)
· Kamers van Koophandel
· TenneT
· Nederlandse Zorg Autoriteit
· European Journalism Centre

Conferences where he spoke or taught:

· Center for Independent Journalism in Budapest (training to Hungarian investigative reporters in October 2008)
· SCOOP (training to reporters in the Ukrain, in Kiev, in 2008)
· OSCE (training to reporters in Serbia, in Belgrade, in June 2009)
· BIRN (Summer School for investigative reporters on the Balkan, in Novi Sad, August 2010)
· Arabic Reporters for Investigative Journalism – ARIJ (teaching reporters in the Arab world)
· Global Investigative Journalism Conference 2007 in Toronto
· International Conference on Investigative Reporting in East and South East Europe in Budapest 2007
· Global Investigative Journalism Conference 2008 in Lillehammer
· European Investigative Journalism Conference in Brussels in 2008
· Conference on Investigative Reporting in Kiev (Ukraïn) in 2008
· SKUP Conference 2010 in Tønsberg, Norway
· Global Investigative Journalism Conference in Geneva in 2010
· Global Investigative Journalism Conference in Kiev in 2011
· London Summer School for Investigative Journalism 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 at Goldsmiths University in London
· African Power Reporting Conference in Johannesburg in 2010, 2011 and 2012
· Netzwerk Recherche Conference, Hamburg, Germany 2012 en 2013
· Institute for War and Peace Reporting, Tunis, Tunisia
· Gräv13 conference, Göteborg, Sweden in 2013
· World Journalism Education Congress 2013, Mechelen
· Global Investigative Journalism Conference 2015 in Lillehammer
· Data Harvest Conference in Brussels, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019
· IRE Conference 2014 (San Francisco), 2015 (Philadelphia)
· NICAR Conference 2018 in Chicago
· Global Investigative Journalism Conference 2019 in Hamburg
· Double Exposure Investigative Film Festival and Symposium (online), October 2020


· Luuk Sengers and Mark Lee Hunter, Het verborgen scenario. Onderzoeksverhalen plannen and structureren, Utrecht 2017.

· Luuk Sengers (ed.), Onderzoeksjournalistiek. Researchproces van idee tot verhaal, Lannoo Campus 2009

· Mark Lee Hunter, Luuk Sengers and others, Story-Based Inquiry: A Manual for Investigative Journalists, Unesco 2009

· Luuk Sengers and Mark Lee Hunter, The Hidden Scenario: Plotting and Outlining Investigative Stories, The Centre for Investigative Journalism, London 2012

· Mark Lee Hunter and Luuk Sengers, The Story Tells the Facts: Structuring and Composing Investigative Narratives, The Centre for Investigative Journalism, London 2013

· Mark Lee Hunter and Luuk Sengers, with Marcus Lindemann, Modern Investigative Journalism. A Comprehensive Curriculum Based on the ARIJ Method, ARIJ 2019

“Luuk is een van de weinige mensen die ik ken die storytelling techniek op brede basis en vermakelijk kan onderwijzen”
- Hans Scholten, Stichting Democratie en Media