MASTER CLASSDepartment / Unit Academy

Constructive journalism

What is Constructive journalism?

  • Constructive journalism is a way of thinking, a way to address issues facing society with inspiring stories highlighting solutions rather than focusing on problems and traumas.
  • Constructive journalism focuses on narratives and angles.
  • Constructive journalism ensures journalists don't sideline positive aspects.
  • It also takes into account the growth of public contribution. This form of reporting gives the audience a comprehensive view of an issue and encourages debate for the benefit of society.

This Master Class offers you a unique opportunity to meet and work with Ulrik Haagrup, the Executive News Director at Danish Broadcasting Corporation and a leading voice in the new trend of constructive journalism.

Ulrik will explain how DR journalists have used Constructive Journalism to transform their way of reporting news stories and how it can redefine public service news.


"I have learned what is constructive journalism and what is not, how it can practically be applied. very satisfactory”

“How a public service news can change and have an impact on the world and have one view of the world. How the media can use the huge responsibility they have to do something positive, constructive. The news can be critical and add something“

Said participants from April 2014 Master Class


The Master Class will start at 13:00 on Monday 1 December and will finish at 13:00 on Tuesday 2 December.


  • Head of news
  • Editor-in-chief, editor, reporter
  • News producer


  • Review why traditional newscasts need to be transformed & what impact negative stories can have on the audience
  • Learn how journalists can build solution-focused stories
  • Foster constructive news reporting by building awareness, acceptance & skills among journalists, reporters & editors-in-chief
  • Review how to use creative approaches rather than tried and tested formulas


  • Module 1: The argument for constructive journalism  
  • Module 2: Constructive Journalism: a vision from Ulrik Haagerup
  • Module 3: 24 hours in constructive Journalism at DR
  • Module 4: Practical exercise - How to be creative and constructive


This new Master Class will offer you a unique opportunity to meet two world leaders in the area of constructive journalism.

Ulrik Haagerup, Executive News Director, Danish Broadcasting Corporation


Bjorn SoenensBjörn Soenens, editor in chief of VRT Television News (public broadcasting corporation, Flanders, Belgium)

Björn is 46 and spent half of his life as a television and radio journalist. 

Within VRT News he is also an expert on American life and politics on radio and television. He is also the author of three books, his latest: "America, a biography of dreams and treason"



Justin Kings, Eurovision ACADEMY FacultyJustin Kings

Radio & multi-media consultancy and training business specialising in news and speech content, newsleader media consultancy, UK


Mark Egan, Eurovision ACADEMY Faculty

Mark Egan is an experienced media professional with expertise in training and new ways of working both in television and multi-media environments. Prior to starting his own production and training company, he worked for 12 years at the BBC across a range of programming from documentaries to news and entertainment and helped roll out video journalism across the company.

Both Justin and Mark are members of Eurovision ACADEMY Faculty.



01 - 02 Dec 2014


DR, Copenhagen

Registration Deadline

28 Nov 2014

Registration details

Next Master Class in April 2015


  • EUR 750 for 1st participant
  • EUR 375 from 2nd participant from same company

The price includes tuition, course material, coffee breaks and the networking dinner. It does not include any other meals, travel or hotel costs. 

Payment and cancellation policy


Thanks to the EBU partnership programme, there is a limited number of individual scholarships for those wishing to attend Eurovision ACADEMY courses.


Eurovision ACADEMY do not make hotel reservations. Please contact the hotel of you choice directly. However we may recommend the following hotels:

Radisson Scandinavia
Amager Boulevard 70
2300 København
T +45 33 96 50 00
DR special rate: 1.085 dkr

Bella Sky
Center Boulevard 5
2300 København S
T +45 3247 3000
DR special rate: 995 dkr

Cab Inn Metro
Arne Jacobsens Allé 2
2300 København S
T +45 32 46 57 00
DR special rate: 550 dkr

Hotel located close to the Royal Theatre (city centre)

Hotel Maritim
Peder Skrams Gade 19
1054 København K
T +45 33 13 48 82
DR special rate: 790 dkr



Nathalie Labourdette
Head Eurovision ACADEMY
T +41 22 717 2146

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