about us


about us

Lighthouse Reports is a media non-profit based in Amsterdam. Our newsrooms are open to journalists from well-known outlets to independent makers. The collaboration is about learning new techniques, pooling knowledge and tackling the kind of complex, ambitious stories that benefit from a team approach.

For established media our newsrooms offer a space to experiment away from the pressure to immediately invest in new tools. For independent makers our topic-based approach supports the kind of ambitious investigative journalism where it's daunting to go it alone. For donors, Lighthouse newsrooms offer the capacity to invest in innovative public interest journalism without launching platforms, favouring individual outlets or unbalancing media markets.





Klaas van Dijken / Editor

concentrates on conflict areas and countries with repressive regimes including Sudan, 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 / Editor

Ludo is an allround journalist and editor. He worked for print, online and TV in countries like Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan. Ludo started many innovative and meaningful collaborations and has a good sense for the opportunities of emerging technologies. He won the Citigroup Excellence in Journalism award and was nominated for a Prix Europa award multiple times (2nd place in 2018).


Daniel Howden / Managing director

Daniel is a long-form writer and experienced editor. He has been a foreign correspondent for the Economist, the Guardian and the Independent. He's a migration expert, Visiting Fellow at Oxford's Refugee Studies Centre and was Senior Editor at Refugees Deeply. Daniel is a two-times winner of the Migration Media Award, nominee at the True Stories Award, and finalist 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.