Global Constructive Journalism Conference
26-27 October 2017
Aarhus University, Denmark

The world’s biggest conference on constructive journalism brought together 470 reporters, editors, media executives, scientists, students, and politicians at Aarhus University on 26 & 27 October 2017.

Participants were discussing the role of the news media and journalists in modern day democracies. They heard about the data behind the latest research, became familiar with the best practices in constructive journalism; and debated the impact of media on human progress.

The Director General of United Nations, Michael Moeller gave a keynote at the event. Other speakers included Steven Pinker, Professor of Psychology at Harvard University; Nils Hanson, Head of Investigative Unit at Swedish Television, Pulitzer-prize winning David Boardman, Dean of the School of Media and Communication at Temple University; and Jimmy Maymann, former CEO of Huffington Post. 

Participants heard from the BBC, TV2 Denmark, Swedish Radio, Minneapolis Star Tribune, and other organisations about their practical experience with constructive journalism, got to debate the value of constructive news in journalism. 

Click here to watch the conference talks online!


The UNGSII Foundation ( has chosen the Constructive Institute to organize an annual award in support of the media entity most effectively implementing the concept of constructive journalism. The announcement took place after the award ceremony held by the Constructive Institute, located at Aarhus University in Denmark,  to hand out the first Constructive Journalism Award. The 2017 award honored the Swedish Radio News Department, EKOT, for their report series “10 Million.”

The conference was generously co-hosted by Google, the European Broadcasting Union, Facebook, Aarhus University and the City of Aarhus.





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Meet the speakers and find their presentations below

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

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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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Mette Bock, Minister of Culture, former Editor-in-Chief at Jyske-Vestkysten, and member of the Executive Board at Danish Broadcasting Corporation.

Mette Bock has a MSc in Political Science from Aarhus University and a MA in Philosophy from the University of Southern Denmark. She is the Minister for Ecclesiastical Affairs since November 2016. Mette Bock is a member of the Foreign Policy Committee and Member of Parliament for Liberal Alliance for the constituency of Southern Jutland.

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Jan Wifstrand, Conference Moderator & CEO, Rapidus newswire, former Editor of Dagens Nyheter.

Jan Wifstrand is the Founder and owner of Rapidus, a regional independent newswire covering business in the Oresund area. Rapidus is a leading player in constructive journalism, reporting daily about innovation, growth, and progress. Wifstrand is a former editor of the leading Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter and the largest regional newspaper Sydsvenskan in Malmö.



David Boardman, Chairman Solutions Journalism Network and Dean of the School of Media & Communication, Temple University.

David Boardman is Dean of the School of Media and Communication at Temple University. He has academic and financial responsibility for one of the largest and most comprehensive programs of its kind in the world. Previously, Boardman was Executive Editor and Senior Vice President of the Seattle Times, the largest news organization in the Pacific Northwest.



Georg Sørensen, Professor Emeritus of Political Science, Aarhus University.

Georg Sørensen is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Aarhus University. His most recent book is Rethinking the New World Order (2016). Professor Sørensen's previous books have been listed for numerous prestigious awards, including the Estoril Prize and the Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order.



Kate Parry, Assistant Managing Editor, Minneapolis Star Tribune.

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Kate Parry works with some of the best writers from the Star Tribune newsroom. She edits e-books and the Star Tribune's summer serial novel, manages the newsroom training programme, and develops resources to support some of the newspaper's most ambitious journalism.

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Maaike Goslinga, International Editor, De Correspondent.

As international editor at De Correspondent, Maaike Goslinga likes to think and talk about foreign journalism 2.0: a form of international collaboration in which journalists from other countries work with and for De Correspondent. Despite her young age of 26, Maaike has already earned her stripes in the world of international journalism.

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Brian Bech Nielsen, Rector of Aarhus University.

Brian Bech Nielsen has been the Rector of Aarhus University since 2013. Professor Bech Nielsen was previously Dean of Science and Technology and before that Head of the Department of Physics and Astronomy, where he was appointed Professor of experimental solid state physics in 2007. He is currently Chairman of the Aarhus University Research Foundation and has served on numerous other boards in both academia and the industry throughout his career.

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Mikael Kamber, Editor and News Anchor, TV 2 Denmark.

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Mikael Kamber is a news anchor at TV 2 Denmark. Mikael is one of the very few journalists who is educated in the field of Positive Psychology. He has held several key positions in the Danish media, including Editor-in-Chief of Denmark's largest regional newspaper and Media Director at Danish Broadcasting Corporation.

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Olle Zachrison, Head of National News, Swedish Radio.

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Olle Zachrison is Head of Ekot, the News and Current Affairs Department at Swedish Radio. Zachrison has been with the Swedish Radio since January 2016 and was previously Deputy Editor at the Swedish national daily, Svenska Dagbladet. He has worked for a range of media outlets in Sweden and the UK. He won the prestigious journalistic award, Stora Journalistpriset, as innovator of the year in 2012.

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Roland Schatz, Founder & CEO, Media Tenor.

Roland Schatz is a 5th generation journalist and Founder & CEO of Media Tenor, the leading provider of international media content analysis. Their work includes an in-depth analysis of new and traditional global media content. He has been teaching strategic communication management and perception change since 1990.

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Jacob Bundsgaard, The Mayor of Aarhus.

Jacob Bundsgaard is a Danish politician and is the current Mayor of Aarhus Muncipality. He is a member of the Danish Social Democrats. He has a Master's Degree in Politcal Science from Aarhus University.

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Hans Henrik Knoop, Associate Professor of Psychology, Aarhus University.

Hans Henrik Knoop is an Associate Professor of Psychology and Director of the Positive Psychology Research Unit at the Danish School of Education, University of Aarhus, Denmark. He is an Extraordinary Professor at North West University in South Africa. His work is focused on learning and creativity in education and professional work.

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Casper Walbum Høst, Managing Editor, Danish Broadcasting Corporation.

Casper Walbum Høst is a Managing Editor at DR News' national news desk. Previously, Høst has worked as television news reporter, radio anchor, and editor. He is a leading figure implementing constructive journalism across all platforms at the Danish Broadcasting Corporation, creating guidelines and principles for constructive reporting. 

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Nic Newman, Research Associate, Oxford Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism.

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Nic Newman is a journalist and digital strategist who played a key role in shaping the BBC's internet services over more than a decade. He was a founding member of the BBC News Website, leading international  coverage as World Editor. As Head of Product Development for BBC News he helped introduce innovations such as blogs, podcasting and on.demand video. He is currently a Visiting Fellow at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism.

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Joonas Hellerma, TV host and journalist, Estonian Public Broadcasting Corporation.

Joonas Hellerma is a Journalist and TV presenter at the Estonian Public Broadcasting Corporation (ERR). Together with Editor Hedi Rosma, he runs and hosts the award-winning weekly cultural live talk show Plekktrumm (Din Trum). He also edits and hosts the weekly music show MI. Hellerma holds a BA in film studies and a Master's degree in Philosophy from Tallinn University. He has also studied Philosophy at Humboldt University in Berlin. In 2017, he was awarded the best make TV host award of the year.


Jimmy Maymann, Chair of UN Live, Former CEO of Huffington Post. 

Jimmy Maymann is an entrepreneur specialising in digital advertising, digital technology, and new media strategy. He is the former CEO of Huffington Post and former President of AOL Content and Consumer Brands. He is now the Chair of the UN Live Museum.


Steven Pinker, Professor of Psychology, Harvard University.

Steven Pinker is an experimental psychologist and one of the world’s foremost writers on language, mind, and human nature. He has received eight honorary doctorates, several teaching awards at MIT and Harvard, and numerous prizes for his books, including The Better Angels of Our Nature. He has been named Time magazine’s “The 100 Most Influential People in the World Today.”

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Nils Hanson, Editor-in-Chief of Investigative Unit, Swedish Television.

Nils Hanson is the Editor-in-Chief of Uppdrag Granskning (Mission Investigate) at the Swedish public service television, SVT. The investigative one-hour television programme, telling stories of importance to Swedish society, airs prime time once a week. The programme has won a series of international awards since it started in 2001.

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Yusuf Omar,  Co-Founder, Hashtag Our Stories.

Yusuf Omar is Co-founder of Hashtag Our Stories, a former CNN Senior Social Media Reporter on Snapchat, and former Mobile Editor at the Hindustan Times in India where he empowered 750 journalists to tell stories with the aid of their phones. Since 2010, he has been a foreign correspondent covering, among other stories, the Syrian civil war using only his mobile phone.

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Sumaiya Omar, Co-founder, Hashtag Our Stories.

Sumaiya Omar is Co-founder of Hashtag Our Stories, empowering mobile storytelling communities and creating shows in many languages. She has spent the last five years experimenting with emerging news platforms like Snapchat and Instagram in South Africa, India, and the UK. She conducts mobile journalism workshops to help newsrooms and companies across the world create social videos, mobile platform strategies, and workflows.



Ola Rosling, Director and Co-founder, Gapminder Foundation.

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Ola Rosling is the Director and Co-founder of the Gapminder Foundation. He was previously the Google Public Data product manager and is the author of an upcoming book Factfulness. Rosling aims to dismantle the three mega-misconceptions that shape our worldview and show what the world really looks like in a way that everyone can understand.

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Jodie Jackson, Research Associate, Constructive Journalism Project.

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Jodie Jackson is a UK-based psychologist with a Master’s Degree in Applied Positive Psychology from the University of East London. She is a psychological researcher and works with the role of positive news and its perceived effects. Her thesis, “Publishing the Positive,” uncovers the power of positive news.

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Eva Schulsinger, Executive Producer, Danish Broadcasting Corporation.

Eva Schulsinger is an Executive Producer of the Danish Broadcasting Corporation’s flagship evening newscast. She implements constructive journalism principles in the newscast’s editorial routines, choices, and discussions.

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John Hansen, Chairman of the Federation of Investigative Journalism in Denmark.

John Hansen graduated from Denmark’s School of Journalism in 1979. Since 2010 he has been an investigative journalist at Danish newspaper, Politiken. He is the Chairman of the Danish Federation for Investigative Journalism, FUJ. Hansen has previously been business reporter, Managing Editor of business & finance and an investigative editor at the Danish newspaper, Morgenavisen Jyllands-Posten.

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Katarina Gunnarsson, Reporter, Swedish Television.

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Katarina Gunnarsson is one of Sweden’s leading storytellers. She specializes in constructive, in-depth stories about people on the fringe of society and has worked at Swedish Radio since 1993. Her style of open curiosity and her daring choice of topics have brought her several journalistic awards and have made her a household name with millions of Swedish Radio listeners.  

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Tom Colls
, Reporter, BBC.

After 10 years at BBC Radio's flagship radio news programme, Tom joined the launch team of BBC World Hacks as Senior Producer. With editor Mukul Devichand and a team of journalists, he launched the first solutions-focussed radio and online programme in the BBC. A year later, with millions of video views and 50 radio programmes in the can, it's still going strong.

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

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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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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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Eero Korhonen, Head of Strategic Relationships for News and Publishers, Google.

Eero Korhonen is the Head of Strategic Relationships for News and Publishers at Google. His work fosters collaboration and dialogue between Google and the news industry. Korhonen has been part of Google's Digital News Initiative since its launch in 2015. Before joining Google in 2012, he worked in various senior publishing industry positions in Finland, Turkey, and Russia, including Sanoma Group and Hürriyet. Eero has M.Sc. in Engineering.

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Peter From Jacobsen, Journalist and founding editor of Vores Brabrand.

Peter From Jacobsen is a journalist and former Project Director at The Danish School of Media and Journalism. He is the founding editor of Danish hyper-local Vores Brabrand.

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André Bentsen, Editor, Rødovre Lokal Nyt.

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André Bentsen is the Editor at Rødovre Lokal Nyt, a local newspaper that is one of the prime movers of solutions-based journalism in small communities. He has developed new constructive concepts that change the way we use local newspapers. He has received many awards for his stories on cancer, loneliness, refugees, etc.

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8000 Aarhus C

+45 601 38 600

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