about us


about us

Lighthouse Reports has a focus on stories from the frontiers of conflict and peace.

Our aim is to deliver urgent stories and show our audience how it relates to them. We collaborate with other committed and independent journalists, developers, designers and media innovators. We use emerging technologies to explore new directions for non-fiction storytelling, engage audiences or tell complex stories in a better way. Or as we like to summarize it: traditional values, innovative means. 

We started a decade ago as a group of committed young freelancers. Since these early days our projects have ranged from conventional journalism to serious gaming, interactive videos and 360-degree film and photography. We take the time to truly get to the heart of the matter, whether they focus on the slow process of peace-building efforts or the unpredictable nature of smoldering conflicts.





Klaas van Dijken

works mainly in conflict areas and countries with repressive regimes like Sudan, South Sudan, Eritrea, Afghanistan and Somalia. His work has been published by media worldwide. Klaas won the Dutch award De Tegel and has been nominated for a Prix Bayeux-Calvados Award for War Correspondents in France.


Ludo Hekman

is specialized in translating complex issues into thought provoking concepts and stories alike. He worked for print, online and TV in countries like Iran, Irak and Afghanistan. Has a good sense for the emerging opportunities of new technology and a strong drive for innovative journalism.


Lisa Dupuy

is an editor and journalist with a bright vision for online journalism. She holds a degree in Nuclear Nonproliferation and is interested in humanitarian issues, conflict and wildlife conservation, and social media verification in crisis situations. She frequently works in dutch newsrooms and has been published by media across Europe.


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Advisory Board

Minka Nijhuis

is a seasoned freelance journalist whose work regularly appears in several Dutch media including NRC, De Groene Amsterdammer and VPRO radio. She has reported from conflict zones in Cambodia, Burma, Syria, East-Timor, Iraq and Afghanistan. She is also the author of several books that have been translated into German, Spanish, Italian and Turkish.


Guido van Nispen

is the former CEO of the ANP, the Dutch national news agency. He has a good sense for developments in the media landscape and emerging business challenges and opportunities. Furthermore, Guido sits on the supervisory board of the Triodos culture fund and is an advisor to the Dutch Council for Culture.


Daniel Howden

is a senior editor at News Deeply, an organization dubbed 'the future of news' by TIME. He has reported from more than 50 countries and is a contributor toThe Economist and The Guardian. He was previously a staff correspondent at The Independent. In 2012 a documentary he produced on Somali piracy won the Locarno Film Festival Independent Critics Award.


Bas Mesters

is journalist and the current director at the Expertise Centre for Journalism at the University of Amsterdam (Expertisecentrum Journalistiek). He spent several years as the dean of the School of Journalism at Windesheim University of Applied Sciences and introduced the concept of constructive journalism to a broad audience and a new generation of journalists. Before he was correspondent in Rome for NRC Handelsblad and NOS and reporter for the Volkskrant.


Prizes & Honours

  • Best Report Award, Klaas van Dijken has won this award in 2016 for his reporting on Darfur.
  • De Tegel, Klaas van Dijken has won the De Tegel (The Tile) 2015 award in the News Reporting category.
  • PRIX EUROPA, Best European Online Project of the Year (2015) - Wartime Stories (nomination)
  • Comenius EduMedia Medaille, European innovation award (2015) - Wartime Stories
  • Dutch Online Journalism Award, Best Storytelling (2015) - On The Ground Reporter® Indonesia (nomination)
  • NOT Innovation Award, most innovative educational programme (2015) - On The Ground Reporter®
  • Comenius EduMedia Medaille, European innovation award (2014) - On the Ground Reporter® The Netherlands
  • Selected Radical Innovator by magazine Vrij Nederland (2013) - Butch & Sundance Media
  • Cinekid New Media Award (2013) - On The Ground Reporter® (nomination)
  • PRIX EUROPA, category Online (2012) - On The Ground Reporter® Afghanistan (nomination)
  • IPON award, Most Innovative Educational Program (2012) - On The Ground Reporter® Afghanistan (nomination)
  • Festival selections:  OneWorld Documentary festival Romania, Zurich ZDok, Melkweg Expo Amsterdam, iGamer Paris, ICIDS Madeira