I am Jessica Maas, 35 years, born in Zeeland, The Netherlands. After graduating the Academy of Journalism in Tilburg I worked at Brabants Dagblad, regional newspaper. In 2007 it was time for something totally different and I moved to Istanbul and started to work as a Turkey correspondent for the Netherlands Press Association. (GPD).

The GPD is a press agency for 15 regional daily newspapers in the Netherlands and two in Belgium. The affiliated newspapers have a total circulation of 1.7 million copies a day.