NEWS & JOURNALISMDepartment / Unit Academy

Constructive News Stories

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.

Who it's for

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

Skills learnt

  • Audience
  • Editorial

Course objectives

  • Why traditional journalism needs 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


Day 1: from 13.00 to 17:45
Day 2: from 09:00 to 13:00

Content outline

  • Why Constructive Journalism?
    • The reliance on conflict/negativity
    • Sensationalism and stereotyping
    • The impact on public perceptions and trust
  • Defining Constructive Journalism
    • What is it
    • What isn't it
    • Its limits
    • Does it work
  • A vision of Constructive Journalism with Ulrik Haagerup, Founder and Director of the Constructive Institute, Aarhus University
  • Apply constructive journalism at three levels
    • At reporter level: How a reporter, or an investigative journalist, creates new kinds of stories with a more balanced perspective, including solution-oriented treatments
    • At programme level: How a programme team can produce the fairest, most comprehensive, in-depth and accurate coverage of stories, supporting the audience's understanding of key issues, Case study: BBC World Service, Channel 4., Orb Media
    • At newsroom level: How the entire newsroom can be organized so that it inspires its audience and facilitates fairer coverage of world issues
      • Case study: DR "Public Service", presented by Morten Rønnelund (Editorial Manager of P1 "Public Service", DR), and Jesper Borup (Host of P1 "Public Service", DR). Constructive journalism had been practiced regionally in Denmark for more than 10 years. In 2018, however, Jesper Borup and his team faced a fresh challenge: to apply this approach nationally, 4 days a week, via radio. It turned out to be not only possible but also rewarding.
      • Case study: SR "Ten Million" project, presented by Helena Giege (Project Leader "Ten million", SR) and Kavoos Akhtari (Digital Editor, SR). Swedish Radio SR noticed that too often, reporters already know the answers before asking the questions. So it started a project in which SR journalists went out and listened to the problems of ordinary people – and only then conceptualized their stories. The result? New topics, new angles, other revelations.
  • 5 keystone behaviours of Constructive Journalism:
    • Story selection
    • Planning
    • Gathering
    • Storytelling
    • Sharing
  • What are your action points?


  • Ulrik Haagerup, Founder and Director of the Constructive Institute, Aarhus University
  • Helena Giege, Project Leader "Ten million", SR
  • Kavoos Akhtari, Digital Editor, SR
  • Samantha McCann, Director of Communities, Solutions Journalism Network
  • Morten Rønnelund, Editorial Manager of P1 "Public Service", DR
  • Jesper Borup, Host of P1 "Public Service", DR

Faculty member


Audience Editorial


09 - 10 Apr 2019


DR Odensee

Registration Deadline

08 Apr 2019

Registration details


  • 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 directly the hotel of your choice.

Working languages


Partners and Sponsors

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Contact detail

Nathalie Labourdette
Head of EBU Academy
+41 22 717 21 46

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