Margo Smit is part of the jury of DIG 2017

The versatile dutch journalist will join again the jury of DIG Awards 2017, chaired by Jeremy Scahill

A woman, a professor, a broadcaster, but especially an independent investigative journalist: these are just some of the different shades of Margo Smit. She has a long resume, started with excellent studies: she studied Dutch and comparative literature at Universiteit Utrecht, and then journalism at Stanford University, in California. Member of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, she is ombudsman at the Dutch public news, sports and events broadcaster NOS, and teaches TV journalism at Rijksuniversiteit Groningen. Till August 2015 she was director of the Dutch-Flemish Association of Investigative Journalists (VVOJ), and worked for RTL4 and KRO Reporter. She is also a board member of Journalismfund.eu.

Smit freelanced as a researcher and reporter for several international publications and media outlets, such as TSR’s Temps Présent (Switzerland), Seven Network’s Sunday Night (Australia) and ABC ‘Four Corners’ (Australia). She had written and produced documentaries in dutch and english, both for Dutch public television and for international sales. Among the others, subjects were nuclear proliferation, enlargement of the European Union, counterfeiting euro, banking industry, the murder of publicist Theo van Gogh. But her works faced also with controversial topics, like human rights and women’s rights within the Islamic tradition: especially appreciated was the documentary on the life of Ayaan Hirsi, a Somali naturalized Dutch politician, well known for being opponent of female genital mutilation, feminist and atheist.

Smit’s employer VVOJ in 2005 organized the third Global Investigative Journalism Conference in Amsterdam, and Smit has since then contributed to GIJC’s editions at Toronto (2007), Lillehammer (2008), Geneva (2010), Kiev (2011) and Rio de Janeiro (2013). She sat on the Global Shining Light Award jury (2010) and the Daniel Pearl Award (2010, 2011, 2013). In 2012, Smit led a team of over 80 European journalists to compile the report Deterrence of fraud with EU-funds through investigative journalism in EU-27. The report was written on request of the European Parliament’s Budgettary Control Committee, with Smit as principal author.