René van Zanten is the director of the Dutch Journalism Fund since January 2011. The Fund helps journalism in the Netherlands to find new ways of publishing in a period of transition. The Fund has a research program, subsidy-driven innovation programs and thrives to be a knowledge-centre.
Before he became involved in the Fund, René was a journalist, an editor-in-chief and a director/publisher, all with newspapers in the Netherlands. His passion (and concern) is that people have the means to be well informed about society. He thinks journalism is an important ingredient in this accomplishment.