Constructive journalism

Constructive Journalism gives media consumers a comprehensive view of an issue (context, perspective, background and understanding, nuances etc.), inspiring them and facilitating public debate around a better tomorrow. It provides a more balanced perspective of the world, covering not only violence, death, conflict, failure or disaster but also solution-oriented stories.

Editorial priorities for each day’s news include selecting the stories that can provide a more accurate and fairer portrayal of the world we live in.

Constructive Journalism is happening now and key news providers like Orbmedia or Vox are doing it extensively. Discover how you can join the transformation of the information landscape.

Watch this video to learn more about the concept.

Who it's for

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

What you'll learn

  • Why traditional journalism need to be transformed
  • What impact negative and solution-oriented stories can have on the audience
  • How journalists can build solution-focused stories
  • How to foster constructive news reporting by building awareness, acceptance and skills among journalists, reporters and editors-in-chief
  • How to use creative approaches rather than the tried and tested formulas
  • How to apply each of the 3 steps of constructive journalism: planning, executing and sharing

Content outline

Day 1: from 09.00 to 17:30

  • A vision of Constructive Journalism
  • Constructive Journalism at journalist's level
  • Five keystone behaviours to producing Constructive Journalism - part 1
  • Story clinic 1
  • Apply Constructive Journalism at newsroom level
  • Exercise
  • Five keystone behaviours to producing Constructive Journalism - part 2

Day 2: from 09:00 to 13:00

  • Constructive Journalism on a programme level and other case studies
  • Story clinic 2
  • Social media and Constructive Journalism
  • What are your action points?

Guest speakers

  • Ulrik Haagerup, Founder and Director of the Constructive Institute, Aarhus University, Denmark
  • Mette Offenberg, Managing Director, Financial Desk, DR
  • Eva Schulsinger, Executive Producer, DR1 Evening News



28 - 29 nov. 2017


Constructive Institute
c/o Aarhus University
Aarhus, Denmark

Date limite d'inscription

27 nov. 2017

Détails concernant l'inscription

This Master Class is full. Should you wish to join the waiting list please register.

Alternative dates

24 & 25 April 2018
27 & 28 November 2018


  • 1st participant: EUR 750
  • 2nd participant from same company (25% discount): EUR 562.50
  • Additional participants from same company (50% discount): EUR 375 per person

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

Payment and cancellation policy


All participants are responsible for their own accommodation during the Master Class. Please contact the hotel of your coince directly.

List of recommended hotels:

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Partenaires et Sponsors

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 Relevant links

EBU partners in new International Constructive Journalism Institute

Constructive News brings back audiences

Contact detail

Nathalie Labourdette
Responsable EBU Academy
+41 22 717 21 46

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