2nd Global Constructive Journalism Conference

The second constructive journalism conference will take place on Friday, 18 January 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland, co-hosted by the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies.

The conference will tackle questions such as:

  • How can more responsible journalism lead to deeper engagement (and higher revenues)?
  •  How can journalism help rebuild post-conflict societies?
  • Do we need to rethink the news criteria?
  • How can journalism be made more relevant, trusted and future-oriented?
  • Should access to trusted information be a human right?

We ​hope ​to ​see ​you ​in ​Geneva, ​an ​international ​city ​of ​global ​governance!


Conference co-host

 Graduate Institute Geneva

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Conference partners


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FST Invest

Meet the speakers

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Michael Møller, Director General of the United Nations and Secretary-General of the Conference on Disarmament. 

Mr. Møller has over 35 years of experience as an international civil servant in the United Nations. He completed a Master's degree in international Relations at John Hopkins University and a Bachelor's degree in International Relations from the University of Sussex, United Kingdom.

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Heba Aly runs one of the world's leading sources of original, field-based journalism about humanitarian crises: IRIN

Heba has worked with IRIN in different capacities since 2007, and played a key role in planning and executing IRIN’s spin-off from the United Nations to become an independent media organization. During her career, Heba reported from many different countries and conflict zones in the Middle East, Africa and Central Asia. In 2018, the World Economic Forum named Heba one of 100 Young Global Leaders under 40. 


Jakob Rubin, journalist, writer, communication advisor and an expert in Latin American relations. 

Since January 2018, Rubin, together with Constructive Institute, is creating a journalistic methodology in Colombia, a country that moves slowly towards peace after half a century of continuous conflict. The methodology combines Constructive Journalism with elements of Post Conflict Sensitive Journalism. It will be distributed to all Colombian journalists and students of journalism free of charge. Rubin is now finishing this project and will reflect on it during the conference.

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Matt Cooke, Head of International, Google News Lab, Google.

Matt Cooke is Head of International at the Google News Lab, a team dedicated to working with publishers to provide training, discuss innovative partnerships and experiments. Matt has been at Google for 5 years, and recently led Google's UK election and EU referendum projects - he also launched Europe’s first News Lab Fellowship scheme. Before that he was a television reporter and producer at BBC News for 8 years.

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Emily Kasriel is an award winning journalist at the BBC who has kick started a culture change leading the solutions-focused journalism initiative.  

Kasriel previously served as a broadcaster and editor at the BBC reporting and producing across five continents.  She’s also been a visiting Fellow at Said Business School and a Senior Advisor for the Skoll Foundation, and hosts panels globally.

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Caroline Vuillemin is the CEO of Fondation Hirondelle since January 1st, 2017. 

Her career reflects a commitment to international development, particularly in Africa. She joined Fondation Hirondelle in December 2003. She was in charge of the Radio Okapi project (the United Nations radio in the DRC created in partnership with Fondation Hirondelle), and then became Head of Operations in 2008. Before Fondation Hirondelle, she worked for the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) where she participated in numerous election observation missions in the DRC, Rwanda, Burundi, South Africa, Nigeria and Congo-Brazzaville. Caroline Vuillemin holds a BA from the Institute of Political Studies in Lyon, completed by a degree in International Relations from the Georgetown University in Washington, DC.

Jan Wifstrand 

Jan Wifstrand, media entrepreneur and founder/owner of the business newswire Rapidus in Malmö, Sweden. 

Wifstrand works frequently, since many years, as a moderator within business, media, education, culture, sports etc. He is a former Editor-in-Chief of the leading Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter and one of the larger regionals, Sydsvenskan.

Johan Galtung Johan Galtung, a professor of peace studies, dr hc mult, is reclaimed as the father of modern news criteria.

Galtung is the founder of TRANSCEND International and rector of TRANSCEND Peace University. He was awarded among others the 1987 High Livelihood Award, known as the Alternative Nobel Peace Prize. Galtung has mediated in over 150 conflicts in more than 150 countries, and written more than 170 books on peace and related issues.


Richard Gingras, Vice President, News at Google.

In March 2018, Gingras announced the Google News Initiative, a global effort to elevate quality journalism, explore new models for sustainability, and provide technology to stimulate cost-efficiency in newsrooms. Being the Vice President, News at Google, Gingras guides Google’s strategy in how it surfaces news on Google search, Google News, and its smart devices. Gingras has 35 years of experience of leading highly-regarded efforts in the development of online services and new media. 

David Bornstein

David Bornstein is CEO and co-founder of the Solutions Journalism Network.

Solutions Journalism Network works to establish the practice of solutions journalism — rigorous reporting that examines responses to social problems — as an integral part of mainstream news. 

Bornstein has been a newspaper and magazine reporter for 25 years, having started his career working on the metro desk of New York Newsday. Since 2010, he has co-authored, with Tina Rosenberg, the “Fixes” column in The New York Times. Bornstein is the author of three books that focus on social innovation.


Dr. Jacob Udo-Udo Jacob is a Visiting International Scholar in International Studies at Dickinson College, USA. 

Jacob visits Dickinson from the American University of Nigeria, where he, among other things, has led the implementation of several meaningful projects in support of peacebuilding and P/CVE (Prevention and Countering of Violent Extremism) in North-East Nigeria. One of these projects concerned peace journalism; a network of journalists, editors and influencers were trained to facilitate a more nuanced media coverage of the Boko Haram insurgency. Jacob is the author of Convincing Rebel Fighters to Disarm: UN Information Operations in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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Ulrik Haagerup, Founder & CEO of Constructive Institute, former Executive Director of News at the Danish Public Broadcasting Corporation.

Ulrik Haagerup is an award-winning journalist and international public speaker on leadership. He is the author of the books A Good Idea – Did You Get It? (2004) and Constructive News: A Confrontation with the Negative Worldview of the Press (2012). In 2008, he was a Member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Future of Journalism. 


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Bygning 1328, 1. sal
8000 Aarhus C

+45 601 38 600

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