“Luuk is one of the few people I know who can teach storytelling technique broad-based and entertaining” – Hans Scholten, Stichting Democratie en Media
PROFILE [English]

Luuk Sengers

Luuk Sengers is an independent investigative journalist and teacher/trainer. He writes data driven stories about environment, climate and business for De Groene Amsterdammer. And he teaches investigative techniques, data journalism and interview skills to journalists, media, NGOs and students. He is also one of the developers of the Story-Based Inquiry methode, a world benchmark for investigative storytelling.
Earlier in his career he worked as a business reporter at several Dutch national newspapers and magazines, like NRC Handelsblad, Quote and Intermediair.
Luuk teaches at universities and in news rooms, but has also trained and advised NGO's like Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth. He co-authored six books about investigative reporting and he regularly speaks at IRE, GIJC, CIJ and Data Harvest conferences, the world’s leading forums for investigative journalisms best practices. He served ten years in the board of the VVOJ, the Dutch-Belgium association of investigative journalists. He has a masters degree in Social-Economic History from Radboud University Nijmegen.

Previous employers

De Groene Amsterdammer
NRC Handelsblad
Geassocieerde Pers Diensten
Haarlems Dagblad
“Hunter and Sengers unpack the essential elements of writing like an anatomy lesson”
– Mark Schapiro, environmental journalist

Academic clients

Thomas More University of Applied Sciences in Mechelen (Belgium)
Fontys University of Applied Sciences in Tilburg (Netherlands)
Institut des Hautes Etudes des Communications Sociales (IHECS) in Brussels
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU)
Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)
University of Amsterdam (UvA)
Rijksuniversiteit Groningen (RUG)
Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam (EUR)
Internationale Research Journalistiek (Fonds Pascal Decroos/Fontys Hogeschool)
De Redactie in Amsterdam/Monnickendam
PGO Academy in Utrecht
Centrum voor Communicatie en Journalistiek in Utrecht (CCJ)
Persacademie (Fontys Hogeschool voor Journalistiek)
Academie voor de Periodieke Pers (Vlaanderen)
Radio Netherlands Training Centre (RNTC)
“Story-Based Inquiry is a must for anyone who wants to make the difference in journalism”
– Thomas Van Hemeledonck, chief-editor current affairs Telefacts, VTM Belgium Television

Corporate clients

De Volkskrant (Dutch national newspaper)
NRC Handelsblad (Dutch national newspaper)
De Standaard (Belgian national newspaper)
Noord-Hollandse Dagbladcombinatie (newspapers)
PZC en BN/De Stem (Dutch local newspapers)
Dagblad van het Noorden (Dutch regional newspaper)
NOS (Dutch public broadcasting)
Uppdrag granskning (Mission investigate), Swedish Television
MTNL (multicultural broadcasting organisation)
Evangelische Omroep (Evangelic Broadcasting Corporation)
Budhist Broadcast Organization
TU Delft (technical university)
FNV Bondgenoten (federal workers union)
CBS (Dutch Statistical Office)
Rekenkamer Z-O Nederland
Belastingdienst (Dutch Tax Department)
Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk (MDR)
Telefakts (Belgium television)
SCOOP Macedonia
The Centre for Investigative Journalism (London)
Correctiv! (Berlin)
Frontline Club (London)
Független Médiaközpont Center for Independent Journalism (Budapest)
Friends of the Earth Netherlands (Milieudefensie)
Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF)


Center for Independent Journalism in Budapest (training to Hungarian investigative reporters in October 2008)
SCOOP (training to reporters in the Ukrain, in Kiev, in 2008)
OSCE (training to reporters in Serbia, in Belgrade, in June 2009)
BIRN (Summer School for investigative reporters on the Balkan, in Novi Sad, August 2010)
Arabic Reporters for Investigative Journalism – ARIJ (teaching reporters in the Arab world)
Global Investigative Journalism Conference 2007 in Toronto
International Conference on Investigative Reporting in East and South East Europe in Budapest 2007
Global Investigative Journalism Conference 2008 in Lillehammer
European Investigative Journalism Conference in Brussels in 2008
Conference on Investigative Reporting in Kiev (Ukraïn) in 2008
SKUP Conference 2010 in Tønsberg, Norway
Global Investigative Journalism Conference in Geneva in 2010
Global Investigative Journalism Conference in Kiev in 2011
London Summer School for Investigative Journalism 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 at Goldsmiths University in London
African Power Reporting Conference in Johannesburg in 2010, 2011 and 2012
Netzwerk Recherche Conference, Hamburg, Germany 2012 en 2013
Institute for War and Peace Reporting, Tunis, Tunisia
Gräv13 conference, Göteborg, Sweden in 2013
World Journalism Education Congress 2013, Mechelen
Global Investigative Journalism Conference 2015 in Lillehammer
Data Harvest Conference in Brussels, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018
IRE Conference 2014 (San Francisco), 2015 (Philadelphia)
NICAR Conference 2018 in Chicago
“I am impressed by the Story-based Inquiry Manual. I was prepared to see it as one more book on investigative reporting by someone whose time might be better spent actually doing it. Instead I found the volume insightful and logical.” – Rosemary Armao, assistant professor of journalism / communication at the State University of New York at Albany

Co-authored Books

Luuk Sengers and Mark Lee Hunter, Het verborgen scenario. Onderzoeksverhalen plannen and structureren, Utrecht 2017.

Luuk Sengers (ed.), Onderzoeksjournalistiek. Researchproces van idee tot verhaal, Lannoo Campus 2009

Mark Lee Hunter, Luuk Sengers and others, Story-Based Inquiry: A Manual for Investigative Journalists, Unesco 2009

Luuk Sengers and Mark Lee Hunter, The Hidden Scenario: Plotting and Outlining Investigative Stories, The Centre for Investigative Journalism, London 2012

Mark Lee Hunter and Luuk Sengers, The Story Tells the Facts: Structuring and Composing Investigative Narratives, The Centre for Investigative Journalism, London 2013

Mark Lee Hunter and Luuk Sengers, Investigative Journalism Curriculum, ARIJ 2014 (not yet published)