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Dear Readers,

Welcome to our second newsletter for the month June! We provide thought-provoking titles, engaging digest and useful, daily-life tips for the NCF community - each edition circling around a specific theme. Our content is tailored to our faculty’s interests but still remains diverse in content and platform- including podcasts, articles, videos, recipes and so on - so that everyone can find something interesting for themselves.

This month’s theme is: news! In this edition, you can find cases of bad coverage, ways of picking a worthwhile source and some good coverages from some local news channels in English… and more. Enjoy our meta-journey in the world of narratives - seen through new narratives.

We will return with our next newsletter in the new academic year. Meanwhile, we would like to wish you a good summer break, with many interesting new(s) stories to discover.

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How to choose your news

You can fill your day with countless hours of media scrolling, only to come out more confused about the topics you looked at. This TEDvideo provides pointers to help you find your way.


People like us - Misrepresenting the Middle East

One of my favorite books ever - did I build this theme around being able to mention this book? Perhaps. Joris Luyendijk, antropologist with amazing writing skills, takes us with us on his adventures in the Middle East. He explains, using many examples, how news media work in foreign countries and why they do not represent reality.

(Dutch title: ‘Het zijn net mensen’, American title: ‘People like us’, British title ‘Hello Everybody!’)


A Study on Positive and Negative Effects of Social Media on Society

How does social media affect society? When it is used for professional life, leasure, shopping, education and social life, its impact is more important than ever. In their paper from 2018, Akram and Kumar attempt to answer this ever-relevant question.


Don’t Look Up

Sometimes it is hard to hear bad news, but it might be important to hear it. The trouble starts when not everyone is just in the mood for listening… The movie Don’t Look Up, starring Jennifer Lawrence and Leonardo diCaprio, gives us insight into what might hit us otherwise.


The news - a user’s manual

News may seem like a relatively innocent thing - your parents always watched it on TV at 8pm, it’s just good to stay updated on what is happening, no? But have you ever thought about how news is created? And what it does to our lives? This incredibly interesting book from the french philosopher Alain de Botton will change the way you see the daily headlines and make you think.


Quitting the news?

News was always all around him - from the moment he woke up until he went to sleep. Until he stopped. Completely. Author Rolf Dobelli talks with Rob Wijnberg, founder of the Correspondent, about quitting the news. Why did he do it? How did it impact his life?


Dutch News from the Cycle Path

Great, short digest to keep up to date with Dutch political situation without the necessity of speaking Dutch. The creator, Anna Holligan, a BBC foreign correspondent for the Netherlands, uses her minute-long video from the bike commute (hence the name) to cover some of the essential news of the week. Perfect to watch with your morning coffee: see @annaholligan or the title acronym, #dnftcp, on Twitter.


The Northern Times

If you’re looking for a more local and student-targeted news outlet, you should check out The Northern Times. They are a small team, trying their best to deliver the most important information in English. TNT focuses on news, events and practical information, but also report on municipality and province politics. Sadly, it’s a bit more Groningen-centred. Also see their instagram feed: