The world is in an extraordinary state at the moment. The measures against COVID-19 not only affects our day-to-day interaction but also has consequences for the way we consume international stories, news and images. Photographers, journalists, writers and filmmakers around the world are being restricted because of the pandemic. Every Wednesday at 16:00h (CET) three guests will give an insight in their work, their own communities and surroundings. How can we keep being informed and hold a broad perspective?

Eric Smit

Eric Smit is editor-in-chief and, together with Arne van der Wal, also the founder of the investigative journalism website Follow the Money. After studying economics at the VU University in Amsterdam, he orientated himself – with little success – on the labor market. That was not due to the labor market: Smit realized that a corporate career was not characteristically for him. His broad interest and natural insatiable curiosity launched him towards journalism.

Sylke Gruhnwald

Sylke Gruhnwald is reporter for the Swiss magazine Beobachter and chairwoman of She is born in 1981 in Munich, Germany. After being based in Vienna, Austria, she now calls Zurich, Switzerland, home. She studied Sinology and Business Administration. She worked for The Economist Group, its Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) as well as the Swiss daily newspaper Neue Zürcher Zeitung (NZZ) and she led the data- and document-driven investigation unit SRF Data at public broadcaster Swiss Radio and Television (Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen, SRF). Sylke is co-founder of Hacks / Hackers Zurich, as well as Reporter-Forum Switzerland. Board member of Initiator of the investigation project The Migrants’ Files. She is jury member with Reporterpreis as well as Nannen-Preis. Together with her teams, she won several awards.

Nicholas Shaxson

Nicholas Shaxson is a British author, journalist and investigator. He is best known for his investigative books Poisoned Wells (2007) and Treasure Islands (2011). He has worked as a part-time writer and researcher for the Tax Justice Network, an expert-led lobbying group focused on the harmful impacts of tax avoidance, tax competition and tax havens.

Programme seriesEmerging Stories

A trip around the world with photographers, journalists, writers, and filmmakers.