Dirk Volckaerts

Dirk Volckaerts (b. 1967) is editor of Brussel Deze Week, a Dutch-speaking weekly newspaper that is distributed in the Brussels region (http://www.brusseldezeweek.be). In his own words, 'the example of Brussel Deze Week proves that local and community news coverage can be qualitative, of high journalism standards - and ethically correct.'

He started his career in 1991 as a freelance proofreader at Het Laatste Nieuws, one of Flanders largest daily newspapers. He later held positions as local correspondent and reporter, before becoming junior staff writer at the paper's political and editorial desk in '97. Volckaerts has a Candidate's degree in Classical Philology (Latin & Greek) from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Recently, he has attended a professional development seminar at the American Press Institute in Reston, Virginia. He is also a guest professor at the Journalism department of the Brussels based Erasmushogeschool, where he teaches reporting techniques, and lectures regularly on topics like 'Journalism Excellence', 'Ethics and Credibility in Newsrooms', on Brussels, and so on.