about us


about us

“Lighthouse Reports believes that innovative and investigative journalism helps people navigate complexity; our collaborative approach gives important stories the reach and impact they deserve”

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

concentrates on conflict areas and countries with repressive regimes includingSudan, South Sudan, Eritrea, Afghanistan and Somalia. His work has been published inmedia 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

specializes in translating complex issues into thought-provoking concepts and stories. He has worked for print, online and TV in countries like Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan. Has a good sense for the emerging technologies and the opportunities they represent to drive innovative journalism.


Daniel Howden

uses narrative journalism to make sense of how the world works. He has been a foreign correspondent for the Economist, the Guardian and the Independent. He is a migration expert and Editor at Large of Refugees Deeply. Daniel is a two-times winner of the Migration Media Award and was a finalist in Explanatory Reporting at the Online Journalism Awards.


Our partners


Supervisory Board

Maria Margaronis

London correspondent with the Nation, BBC radio documentary maker and trustee of the Women for Refugee Women charity.

Sarah Stillman

investigative reporter and writer with the New Yorker, teacher of literary non-fiction at Yale and head of the Columbia J-School's Global Migration Project.

Andrew Feinstein

head of UK-based Corruption Watch, author of 'Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade' and formerly a campaigning MP in South Africa.

Guido van Nispen

board member at the World Press Photo Foundation and Cinekid Foundation. Previously general manager of the Dutch news agency ANP.

Hans Bergwerff

specialist advisor on Dutch tax law.  Previously founded Bergwerff ten Cate, worked at Loyens & Loeff, BDO and MeesPierson.


Prizes & Honours

  • Citi Journalistic Excellence Award, for best in-depth financial reporting 2019, based on our series about Damen Shipyards.

  • Prix Europa Award, best European online project (2nd place) of 2018 with the #DutchArms project.

  • 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

Stichting Lighthouse Reports
RSIN: 859817702

The objective of this foundation (stichting Lighthouse Reports) is to perform (academic) research into, and to promote, the democratic legal order. It shall endeavour to attain this goal by establishing research projects within and outside of Europe. And by establishing training courses and education as an integral part of the foundation’s projects, and furthermore everything which is directly or indirectly related to or beneficial to the aforementioned, all of this in the broadest sense of the word.

A document explaining our policy (2019 0 2021) can be found here. The annual financial report over 2019 will be published in 2020.