Matthew Kaminski & Rob Heirbaut - Can POLITICO make Brussels sexy? - 1 oktober 2015

Department of Political Science - Opening Lecture of the academic year 2015/2016

Keywords: Political Journalism, Politico, EU, European public sphere

About the lecture

In a small decade, has become one of the major news organizations in U.S. political journalism. Since its launch in 2007, Politico has hosted presidential debates, won a Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning, established a distinctive style of breakneck political reporting, grown to a staff of almost 300, and pioneered a genre of morning tipsheets. Their approach to journalism is focused on covering both policy issues and political minutiae, looking at issues through the lens of political power. Now, Politico landed in Europe through a joint venture between POLITICO and Axel Springer to bring the style of journalism and their business model to Europe.

The arrival of Politico in Europe raises questions. Will Politico transform European political journalism and attract attention from a wider audience to the European policy-space? Is there a truly “European” audience who are interested in continental politics and policy? And what does this tell us about the established news media? “Can Politico make Brussels sexy?” asked the Guardian in a long read of its June 18th issue. In our opening lecture, we explore the answer with Matthew Kaminski and Rob Heirbaut. 

About the speakers

Matthew Kaminski, executive director of, will bring the story and ambitions of Politico. Kaminski came to Politico from the editorial board of the Wall Street Journal. While based in Kiev from 1994–97, Kaminski reported for the Financial Times and the Economist on the former Soviet Union. He subsequently joined the Wall Street Journal as Brussels correspondent.  In 2005, he became the editorial page editor of the Wall Street Journal's European edition, based in Paris. He moved to New York to work on the editorial board in 2008, writing mostly about international affairs.

Rob Heirbaut will reflect on the lecture by Kaminski. Since 1993, Heirbaut is political journalist of the Flemish public broadcaster, VRT. After the introduction of the Euro in 2002, he specialized in European policy and politics. He is one of the best-informed Belgian journalists on European affairs and was awarded for his efforts to explain Europe to a broader audience. 


Thursday October 1st, 2015
Stadscampus UAntwerpen, St-Jacobstraat 2, Aula M.005
start: 16:00

Participation is free, but online registration is mandatory