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Henk van Ess

Guest lecturer universities | Social Media & Deep Web training | OSINT | Independent web & new media consultant | Author

Amsterdam Area, Netherlands
  1. EBU,
  2. University of Groningen,
  3. Internet events
  1. VVOJ,
  2. Netherlands Press Fund,
  3. ARD ZDF Academy
  1. Bachelor Journalism
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– Present

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Dutch-born Henk van Ess (NL +31 337508747 ) is, according to The Economist, New York Times and CNBC, “a tech and web expert” specialised in new media and social media. Van Ess, Google Glass Explorer #34 (NL) is the guy for a workshop, a lively event or a guest lecture - as long as it has to do with internet or tech.

Henk, according to Geofeedia "an international thought leader in social media and online journalism " loves to do guest lectures at universities. In 2014 he is a guest teacher at universities in Germany, Austria, The Netherlands and Belgium in social media, web research and multimedia. He does in company training for medialabs of De Persgroep (NL/B), Axel Springer Akademie (D) and VG (N) . Van Ess is also a radio co-host of a tech show. For PBS (US) and BBC (UK) he writes a monthly column about the practical use of internet.

He is deeply involved in the worldwide training of information specialists, multimedia & web editors. He is co-founder of the European Centre for Computer Assisted Research and is a regular speaker on social media & 'digital diggingʼ at international conferences. His latest books are "The best ideas of 2013", "Handboek Datajournalism" (Boom, 2012) and Google Code (Pearson, 2011 - Dutch, German and French edition).

Henk has a long track record of implementing internet projects for boards, management and employees via Medialabs. He has trained over 8000 professionals in the practical and critical use of the web, multimedia, social media, cross media and internet research. He has run workshops for the media in Europe, the US and Canada and does a lot of in company training and special events.

Van Ess is founder of "Inside Search" - a magazine about search and works for "VVOJ Medialab", "how to's" about new media. He chaired VVOJ (Dutch–Flemish organisation for investigative journalists). As a hobby, he publishes websites about internet research. One of them was quoted on the official Google Blog under ʻWhat Weʼre Readingʼ.

Specialties:internet, cross media, social media, multimedia, internet search, internet consultancy, media labs, crowd sourcing, hosting tech events


Faculty Member

– Present (1 month)Geneva Area, Switzerland

Faculty Member Eurovision Academy

Guest Lecturer Online Journalism

University of Groningen
– Present (3 months)Groningen, Netherlands

Online Journalism & Deep Web Research for students of Universiteit van Groningen

Speaker / Host (social media / multi media / search)

Internet events
– Present (2 years 6 months)

For seminars & internal events. Topics include: Social Media in your company: what to do, what not. Life Beyond Google, internet search trends, SEO trends, long tail theory, usabillity, marketing of websites, scoring in Google without being evil , 'CSI Internet', internet research, digital journalism and Web 2.0

Freelance trainer

Axel Springer
– Present (2 years 5 months)Berlin

Training reporters from Bild and Die Welt

Freelance Trainer Persgroep Campus

De Persgroep
– Present (2 years 11 months)Bruxelles

Ambitious educational program for employees of Dutch and Belgian media. I teach data journalism, serious social media and various internet research courses

Serious Multi & Social Media

University of Amsterdam
– Present (4 years 8 months)

Lecturer Digital Journalism
Lecturer Internet Research
Lecturer Multimedia

Story Telling on The Web, data journalism & crowd sourcing

Hamburg Media School
– Present (3 years 11 months)Hamburg Area, Germany

The Hamburg Media School offers master courses in Media Management, Journalism, and Film at the highest professional level.


Pearson Education
– Present (5 years)

Writer Google Code, see


European Centre for Computer Assisted Research
– Present (5 years 8 months)

The European Centre for Computer Assisted Research brings smart information technology into the newsroom. Founded in Brussels, with Danish, Belgian an Dutch participants.

Multimedia in the newsroom

University of Amsterdam
– Present (5 years 10 months)

Speaker and trainer

universities, companies and NGO's
– Present (5 years 11 months)

For seminars & internal events. Host of the day - Life Beyond Google: web intelligence & internet research, multimedia training, SEO trends, usability, long tail theory, Medialabs, 'CSI Internet', internet research, digital journalism and Web 2.0

Board member
– Present (14 years 11 months)

Board member of Dutch-Flemish association of investigative journalists, responsible for training and education of Dutch and Belgian reporters


IDG Netherlands
– Present (11 years)

Owner & Google News Tracker
– Present (12 years 11 months)


Erasmus University Rotterdam
– Present (12 years 11 months)

Courses for post doctorate and masters: digital journalism and internet research


Computer Magazines
– Present (14 years 1 month)

Writer for magazines and news papers about internet, web 2.0 , tech stuff, gadgets and search. Clients include Computer Totaal (biggest computer magazine in The Netherlands) , Tips & Trucs, Intermediar and others.

Project manager
– Present (15 years 11 months)

Internet projects for European newspapers, mostly serious gaming (by making people interested in the 'boring' stories), utilities for better search and implementation of RSS

(Investigative) Reporter

– Present (24 years 11 months)

Wegener, GPD, AD Nieuwsmedia and many others (freelance since 2007)


(5 years 6 months)

Flemish-Dutch association of investigative journalists


Netherlands Press Fund
(2 years)The Hague Area, Netherlands

Independent advisor in social media & co-author book data journalism

With Ulf Groener: "Serious Social Media"

ARD ZDF Academy
(2 years 5 months)Hannover, Berlin, Hamburg

Data journalism

FHWien - Studiengänge der WKW (University of Applied Sciences)
(7 months)

Chairing "De Tegel Online Award" (Dutch Press Award)

(2 years 9 months)

Internet consultant

companies in Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, Canada. GB and US
(1 year 3 months)

Internet consultant and trainer for European radio, television and news papers, especially social media, multi media, internet research and digital journalism.


Expert Centre for Journalism
(1 year 3 months)

Gastdozent Multi Media, Social Media & Search

Henri-Nannen-Journalistenschule Hamburg
(1 year 9 months)

Die Schule hat viele namhafte Journalisten hervorgebracht, wie etwa Mathias Müller von Blumencron (SPIEGEL-Chefredakteur), Peter-Matthias Gaede (GEO-Chefredakteur), Christoph Keese (Welt am Sonntag-Chefredakteur), Cordt Schnibben (SPIEGEL-Ressortleiter Gesellschaft), Matthias Naß (stellvertretender Zeit-Chefredakteur), Ildikó von Kürthy (Schriftstellerin), Peter Kloeppel (RTL-Chefredakteur), Gabriele Fischer (brandeins-Gründerin), Raphaela von Bredow (SPIEGEL-Ressortleiterin Deutsche Politik), Stefan Cornelius (Außenpolitikchef der Süddeutschen Zeitung und Lisa Ortgies (kurzzeitige Emma-Chefredakteurin und Fernseh-Moderatorin).


3G Juice
(2 years 7 months)

Company that supplies special iPhone 3G batteries, so you can use HDSPA as much as you want.

juror and host for the day

Search Engine Strategies (SES) Amsterdam
(1 year)


MiFi Europe
(1 year 1 month)

Startup around the MiFi and EyeFi.

Head lecturer Web@cademy

Algemeen Dagblad
(2 years 5 months)

Ambitious program to educate over 500 reporters of AD Nieuwsmedia, second paper in The Netherlands, in the latest internet tricks & tips.
Program: 'So why Google?' , 'Life beyond Google' , 'Find the perfect question', CSI Internet, finding secrets, finding persons, finding things faster and the Digital Toolkit (Kindle, Irex, Docupen, Iris and more gadgets that make information professionals happy)

De Journalist

(3 years 1 month)

Columnist 'De Journalist', bi-weekly, 'Itech/Web' about hardware, software and websites that can make the live of information professionals easier.

Member of Think Tank

Nlnet Foundation
(1 year 1 month)

Member of think tank that proposes new open source software, check out Nlnet is a Dutch charitative venture capitalist who funded nice projects for the web community, see

Team leader

The Long Tailers
(1 year 1 month)

Sixteen young scientists are submitted to the The Long Tail experiment of the University of Amsterdam, called a ' fun idea' by Chris Anderson, the author of The Long Tail. Check it now:

One year long experiment to test the theory that if you have a niche of a niche of a niche, you will have the highest attention, but low numbers of visitors. All sites will have an Adsense account (Google). Do small, but interested audiences click more on ads then those who search for more broader themes?

The topics include:

* vibrant Icelandic electronic music scene.
* bread with chocolate sprinkles.
* the pirate of Lipari.
* boardercross racing
* international kibboetsj children
* and more!

Founder of
(1 year 6 months)

Plug-ins for forum software to get rid of trolls. "As long there are people on this planet, a small percentage will do anything to get attention. Give annoying posters what they need the most: attention. Don't kill trolls, but feed them." Read more on


Het Spinhuis
(11 months)

Summary of 'Journalistiek en Internet' Onderzoek 2002-2007, see for Dutch summary and English, (click English).


Dirk Scherpenzeel Stichting
(5 months)

Contributor to the book "Forgotten Stories', see for lecture and

chef internet

AD Nieuwsmedia
(1 year)

Coordinator Internet News

Utrechts Nieuwsblad
(5 years 1 month)

head lecturer

(5 years 8 months)

Wegener Medialab

Wegener Multimedia
(3 years 1 month)

Co teacher Wegener Medialab

Wegener Multimedia
(2 years)

Co teacher Wegener Medialab

Wegener Multimedia
(2 years)

Head internet & new media

Utrechts Nieuwsblad | Haagsche Courant BV
(2 years)


(1 year)


(2 years 1 month)

Handboek PC communicatie, see

Het nieuwe handboek PC communicatie, see

Internet volgens Bartjens, see


VVOJ Medialab for reporters(Link)

– Present

Producing and editing text, audio and video for an online academy for media professionals

Team members:

Editor Handboek Datajournalistiek(Link)

Voor Handboek Datajournalistiek, dat werd samengesteld door Henk van Ess en Hille van der Kaa, werkte ik een Engelstalige video-interview met New York Times-journalist Andrew Lehren uit tot materiaal voor de verschillende hoofdstukken van het boek. Daarnaast schreef ik een portret van Lehren en vertaalde / bewerkte ik tien Engelstalige portretjes van datajournalisten.

Team members:

Volunteer Experience & Causes



Promoting smart use of information technology for reporters

Opportunities Henk is looking for:

Causes Henk cares about:

Organizations Henk supports:


  • Serious social media
  • Internet Research
  • Social Media
  • Crowdsourcing
  • New Media
  • Journalism
  • SEO
  • Publishing
  • Editing
  • Social Networking
  • datajournalism
  • Multimedia
  • Online Research
  • Blogging
  • Public Relations
  • Magazines
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Storytelling
  • Research
  • Online Publishing
  • Start-ups
  • Facebook
  • Web 2.0
  • Interviews
  • Newspapers
  • Content Management
  • Web Marketing
  • Online Marketing
  • Marketing
  • Publications
  • Television
  • Copywriting
  • WordPress
  • Digital Media
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Corporate Communications
  • Strategic Communications
  • CMS
  • Content Strategy
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Da Google Code (FR) - Die Google Code (D) - De Google Code (NL)(Link)

Pearson Education
November 2010

Exciting new method to find stuff on the web. Check also and

Handboek Datajournalistiek(Link)

November 2011

Practical guide for data journalists


Bachelor Journalism

new media


Social Media


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