Sean van der Steen photojournalist & videographer
Leiden, the Netherlands
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Personal details


Name: Sean van der Steen
Date of birth: 1989/08/11
Nationality: Dutch

Education


2012 – 2014: International Master’s program in Photojournalism, Sweden School of Photojournalism, Mid Sweden University (with honors, Master of Arts).

2011 – 2012: Master Journalism and New Media, Leiden University (with honors, Master of Arts).

2007 – 2011: Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology, Leiden University (Bachelor of Arts).

Work experience


1/2017 – now: editor at Universiteit Leiden (Leiden University), the Netherlands. Writer, photographer and videographer for various university publications.

9/2015 – 12/2016: photo editor at RTL Nieuws, Hilversum, The Netherlands. Responsible for the still images used in the broadcasts (RTL Nieuws, RTL Z and Editie NL).

9/2012 – now: freelance photographer, journalist and photo editor based in Leiden, The Netherlands. Clients include RTL News (photo editor) and the Dutch Journalism Fund (writer/photographer).

9/2014 – 10/2014: junior editor Tappan Communicatie, The Hague (communications consultancy). Temporary project for the renewal of Rijkswaterstaat.nl.

6/2012 – 7/2012: research assistent for the Dutch Journalism Fund (Stimuleringsfonds voor de Journalistiek), The Hague. Research focused on independent, local journalism on the internet.

2/2012 – 5/2012: fulltime intern at Sanoma Media, Hoofddorp. Intern position at popular-science magazine KIJK (circulation: 80.000). Writer for both print and web.

2/2010 – 12/2011: editor at Nicis Institute’s Information Centre (now Platform31), The Hague. Writer for Nicis Cityjournal (circulation: 5.000) and responsible for Nicis Newsletter Education and Labour market (circulation: 2.500-3.000).

6/2008 – 10/2009: Interviewer at Mobiel Centre, Schiphol. Market research: interviewing visitors of the airport Amsterdam Schiphol on various subjects.

Particulars / Volunteer work


Coordinator educational project and public events at the International Photography Festival Leiden (2014-2015)

Recipient of a Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds grant (2013). The grant was meant for the completion of the International Master’s program in Photojournalism, Mid Sweden University.

Participant in the talent program for young journalists “Beyond Your World” at the Dutch ministry of Foreign Affairs. Program included a travel to Tanzania to report on the phenomenon of land grabbing (2012).

Editor ICA, semi-scientific magazine for Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology, Leiden University (2011-2012).

Board position (president) at student association “Catena” (2010-2011).

Student member of the board for the department of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology, Leiden University (2010).

Board position (president) at the study association for Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology “Itiwana”, Leiden University (2008-2009).

Photography shows


“The First Dynasty”, Centrum för Fotografi, Stockholm, Sweden. MA thesis exhibition (May/June 2014).
“Masters Work: The Sweden Project”, Norrlandsdagarna, Umeå, Sweden. Multimedia presentation (May 2014).
“Masters Work: The Sweden Project”, Fotomuseet, Sundsvall, Sweden Multimedia presentation (November 2013).
“Masters Work: A View of the North”, Fotomuseet, Sundsvall, Sweden (April-May 2013).
“Our Common Food Photography”, Stichting Oikos, Utrecht, The Netherlands (October 2013-May 2014).