RNW launches new flagship site

RNW archive

This article is part of the RNW archive. RNW is the former Radio Netherlands Worldwide or Wereldomroep, which was founded as the Dutch international public broadcaster in 1947. In 2011, the Dutch government decided to cut funding and shift RNW from the ministry of Education, Culture and Science to the ministry of Foreign Affairs. More information about RNW Media’s current activities can be found at https://www.rnw.org/about-rnw-media.

It's visual, powerful and personal, and it highlights the impact RNW is generating. RNW’s new website is online. After enormous changes over the past year, the fledgling rnw.org is the flagship, highlighting top stories from all our regional desks. The current rnw.org is just a small taste of what will grow into a site reflecting the energy, innovation and creativity of the new RNW.

Regular visitors will know that a huge cut in budget last year and new parameters for our mission as a public broadcaster have led to a distinct change in our focus. We honour the 65-year history of Radio Netherlands Worldwide and hope fans of the ‘old’ RNW will also become loyal fans of its successor.

Defending free speech
RNW.org will be a reflection not only of what we now do, but why we do it and what impact it has. Our mission statement reads:

RNW defends and promotes free speech through independent journalism and the use of new media. We create thought-provoking content with and for young people from all around the globe and organise a safe space for them to form opinions and tell their stories. We engage with a young generation who are unable or are prevented from doing this for themselves.

The new site will show how we translate those words into solid action.

Take a look
Large parts of rnw.org are still under construction, but as a preview please visit rnw.org and check out a selection of top stories from the different regions where we work. If you’re looking for practical information about RNW, you’ll find it here

Working feverishly on building and filling the new site, we hope to have it completed before the end of October. So please, bookmark us and check back soon for the latest developments.

You'll find regular updates about the progress of the site on Facebook and via Twitter, if you’re not already a follower, please join us. 

If you have any comments or suggestions, we’d love to hear them, you can mail us at [email protected]. Or leave a comment on our Facebook page.