Kick-off for Mammouth!

IHECS launched its new media, Mammouth, on Thursday, 24th October. We take a look back at its inauguration party.

Jean-François Raskin, the director responsible for the release of this new media, kicked off the evening by explaining the origins of the project, including the history of the Bruxelles Bondy Blog. He also underlined IHECS’s desire to create a media centred on students so that they can stake a total claim to it and view it first and foremost as a means of expressing and disseminating information.

The guest of honour was, without a doubt, Bénédicte Linard, the Minister of Early Childhood, Culture, Media, Health and Women’s Rights at the Wallonia-Brussels Federation. After addressing the issues of fake news, quality information and the place of women in the world of journalism, she spoke about the originality of the information processing conducted by Mammouth. She concluded her speech by congratulating IHECS, the team and the students.

Amandine Degand and Gaetan Gras, co-editors, also took the floor to say a few words in tribute to Mammouth’s predecessor.  Indeed, BBB had 500 contributors, more than 1,500 articles and at least as many publications on various social networks.

They also discussed the origin of the name of this new Media. 

"Mammouth":  it’s heavy, it’s offbeat, it stimulates creativity and, more than anything else, the name is as light as the project is meaty (even though the opposite is also true).

Mammouth wants to create a stir, rock the boat and offer a variety of formats, but always with this offbeat tone, provided it encapsulates a professional and editorial rigour.

The evening continued on the theme "young people and the media, a complicated love story". A discussion was held between Nordine Nabili, president of the Journalism Master’s programme, and various speakers: 

  • Martin Vachiery – Chief Editor of Check
  • Anne-Sarah N'Kuna – Artist and columnist at Tarmac
  • Maxime Delrue – Journalist at Echo
  • Camille Crucifix and Lucile Allo – Co-directors of the podcast "Un peu gênantes
  • Philippe Laloux – Assistant Editor and Journalist at Le Soir

The evening concluded with drinks to "Mammouthant" background music at Loft 58.

If you would like to review the various speeches, please visit Mammouth’s facebook page!