Constructive News


Constructive News is Not


  • Uncritical
  • Superficial
  • Naive
  • Irrelevant
  • Unsensational
  • Boring
  • Blind to the world's problems
  • The sweet story closing a news broadcast

Constructive News Offers


  • A way out
  • Hope
  • Inspiration to solutions
  • Call to action
  • Education
  • Engagement
  • Perspective
  • Positivity


Upcoming master class: Constructive journalism


Date: 30th November – 1st of December 2015


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.




  • 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



To sign up and for more information please visit EBU.

Worlds best news -


‘The World’s Best News’ is a Danish news campaign created by the UN, the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ development agency DANIDA, 100 Danish development organisations and 90 corporate partners.


The purpose of the initiative is to inform the public that The Millennium Development Goals are working: The developing countries are making huge progress — and if we want to, we can grasp the opportunity to end poverty.


The Millennium Development Goals are benchmarks for development in the world. Each day brings new challenges, but also important examples of progress. In 2000, world leaders decided that by 2015 fewer people should suffer from poverty and hunger, all boys and girls should be enrolled in school and have the same rights, and more children and mothers would survive childbirth. Diseases such as malaria, hiv/aids and tuberculosis would be reduced, and more environmentally friendly and sustainable global partnerships for development should be established.


Why World’s Best News?


Extensive polling has shown that people in general do not believe in the possibility of eradicating global poverty. The Millennium Development Goals were considered ‘unrealistic’. People generally had a very pessimistic view of the situation in the developing countries and there inadequate knowledge about matters concerning developing countries.


To address the problem, World’s Best News was established in 2010 with the purpose of informing the Danes about the global progress in the developing countries. The message was clear: To bring all the good news forward that tend to get drowned in the flow — and to tell the Danes about all the successes instead of only disasters.

Relevant publications

”This detailed guide to navigating the bewildering superabundance of information in today’s globalizing world draws on the latest work in philosophy and the social sciences to explore how information, and its misuse, can both support and undermine democracy.


Infostorms - How to take Information Punches and Save Democracy

Since the dawn of humanity, a privileged few have lived in stark contrast to the hardscrabble majority. Conventional wisdom says this gap cannot be closed. But it is closing—fast.


Abundance – The Future is better than you think

In David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell challenges how we think about obstacles and disadvantages, offering a new interpretation of what it means to be discriminated against, or cope with a disability, or lose a parent, or attend a mediocre school, or suffer from any number of other apparent setbacks.


David and Goliath – Underdogs, Misfits and The art of battling Giants

In False Alarm, Siegel identifies three major catalysts of the culture of fear—government, the media, and big pharma. With fascinating, blow-by-blow analyses of the most sensational false alarms of the past few years, he shows how these fearmongers manipulate our most primitive instincts—often without our even realizing it.


False Alarm – The Truth About The Epidemic of Fear

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