Constructive News Stories

Constructive News Stories gives the audience an in-depth view of a story. 

It brings context, perspective, background and understanding which helps spark debate.

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.

Producing constructive news stories requires a specific set of skills and behaviour that will positively impact the audience.

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: understand how the audience has the right to know current information and the context of a news story 
  • Editorial: how to select, build and tell the right story

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

  • Constructive news stories & audience :
    • strengthen audience engagement
    • impact on the communities featured
    • increased headline clicks, social shares, and time-on-page. 
    • Personal impact: boost self-efficacy, problem-solving skills, accuracy in community representation , and accuracy overall.


  • Constructive news stories & Impact on Society
    • tangible policy changes


  • How to build and produce stories with the EBU Academy toolkit: 5 keystone behaviours of Constructive Journalism:
    • Story selection
    • Planning
    • Gathering
    • Storytelling
    • Sharing


  • Apply constructive journalism at 2 levels:
  1. At reporter level: How a reporter, or an investigative journalist, creates new kinds of stories with a more balanced perspective, including solution-oriented treatments
  2. 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
    • 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.
  • Critical discussion on your own stories & 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

17 Mar 2019

Registration details

Due to insufficient registrations we have to cancel this Master Class.

It is postponed to 26-27 November 2019 at DR Odensee.

Registrations will open again soon on our calendar here.


  • 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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