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We are sorry that you haven't heard from us for a while. We should probably consider changing the nam

The Caravan's Monthly

April 10 · Issue #4 · View online
Media & democracy | Nestor | Journey to Budapest

We are sorry that you haven’t heard from us for a while. We should probably consider changing the name of this newsletter to the Maybe Monthly! All jokes aside, we haven’t been sitting tight. We were in three continents, reporting and making ambitious new plans. We will explain a bit about those, introduce you to two new members of our team and share some stories.

Nestor, our very own magazine!
We’re excited to tell you that we are going to publish our very own magazine. The Caravan’s Journal travelled across Central and Eastern Europe for two years and we believe that it is a forgotten and hugely important region. So we set up ‘Nestor’, a project consisting of exhibitions, journalism and live storytelling. May 10th, the first fundraiser exhibition takes place in Ghent. We hope you can join us!
On a side note: expect gorgeous design in Nestor! Astrid van Rooij, who works for the Dutch newspaper NRC, is our Art Director. She is working with artists from Poland, Romania and Russia to give our project the colour of the East. The magazine and events will be artsy and independent – ready to become a trophy on any bookshelf.
Designed by Astrid Van Rooij
Designed by Astrid Van Rooij
Two new interns at the office
To help us with such an ambitious project, we’ve started working with two new interns: Arno and Ella. They will help us with Nestor, set up the next project of the Caravan’s Journal in Myanmar and help with general logistics. They joined us in our new office in Ghent. Here’s what they’ve got to say:
‘I think I speak for the both of us when I say that we are very excited to be working with the Caravan’s Journal. We hope to learn more about the functioning of an international organization and to contribute to the Caravan’s mission of increasing international understanding, cooperation and empathy. It’s the perfect environment to get inspired.’ - Ella
Our experience in the Holy City
Filmmakers Brennan Kurfees and Adriaan De Loore recorded our journey in Jerusalem last summer. In three minutes, their aftermovie beautifully captures the atmosphere in the turbulent Holy City.
JERUSALEM 2017 on Vimeo
An airplane crash turned conspiracy
You can’t understand Poland without understanding the Smolensk disaster of 2010. Back then President Lech Kaczynski died alongside dozens of high officials, ministers and generals in a plane crash. It traumatised the Poles and most notably it shaped Jaroslaw Kaczynski, Lech’s twin brother who wasn’t on the plane. He is the most powerful man in Poland and continues to draw inspiration and support from the crash. Our reporter Olivia Kortas dug through the messy history, published the story and grasped its political capital. Read it now in DIE ZEIT (German).
It’s a busy period! All the stories for the Nestor magazine need to be written and updated, our event doesn’t organise itself and long-term projects continue to take bites out of our schedule! But before we go, we have a story to recommend. Our Coen van de Ven entered the world of fake news and discovered: the Netherlands is an import transit port for disinformation and the people behind it are by no means always Russians. Read it here (Dutch only).
Photo by Johannes De Bruycker
Photo by Johannes De Bruycker
Meanwhile, Kasper and Johannes travelled to Venezuela where they reported on the decline of socialism in Latin America. Their first longread in De Standaard is a must-read for those who want to understand the dying of a political dream (Dutch/paid article).
Next time we will give you a sneak peek of Nestor and share more of our stories. Thanks for the patience and oh, don’t hesitate to reply to this e-mail with your comments ;-)

Best wishes from the whole Caravan!
Johannes, Olivia, Coen, Kasper, Arno and Ella
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