February 18 2019


February 2019 Newsletter


 2nd Global Constructive Journalism Conference 

– videos and presentations online!

Our 2nd Global Constructive Journalism conference that took place in Geneva proved to be a great success – 93% of participants said that the conference inspired them to apply constructive journalism principles in their work.

If you were not able to make it or would like to revisit what was said at the event, we have prepared a video summarising the key points of the day:


The speakers’ presentations and photos of the event are available here: https://constructiveinstitute.org/News—Events/Constructive-Conference

If you have not yet seen it, watch our campaign video for a more responsible journalism, created pro bono by Mindshare and distributed by Group M: https://vimeo.com/312112075

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Danish Minister of Culture, Mette Bock, visited our fellows at the Constructive Institute on 8 February 2019: “As a politician you can only get in the news if you say something stupid, outrageous or funny. Constructive Institute does a very important job not only for journalism, but for democracy.”

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We are proud to include Christian Erfurt, CEO and co-founder of social startup Be My Eyes, in our Advisory Board. Be My Eyes uses technology to connect 100 blind people in more than 100 countries with close to a million volunteers using trust and good will as driving forces. Here are Christian’s words about himself: “I am an entrepreneur and speaker – I am a dreamer, a believer, a darer and a doer. My passion is innovation, personal development, changing paradigms, people and the adventures of life.” Read more about Christian’s fascinating life story: https://www.linkedin.com/in/christianerfurt/ 

Upcoming months at the Institute

  • 27 Feb: Talk for The Times newsroom in London.
  • 27 Feb: Participate in the launch of BBC Program Crossing Divides in London.
  • 28 Feb: Talk for the National Association of Danish Humanitarian foundations in Denmark.
  • 7-8 March: Discussion on democracy with major global foundations in New York.
  • March & April: Workshops for journalism schools in Tallinn, Estonia on 12 March in Vilnius, Lithuania on 13 March and in Riga, Latvia on 3 April.
  • 2 April: Panel at the worlds largest radio conference, Radio Days in Lausanne, Switzerland.
  • 9-10 April: Master Class on Constructive Journalism with EBU in Aarhus.
  • 11-14 April: Network meeting for CoJo-groups at the International Journalism Festival in Perugia, Italy.
  • 12 April: Keynote for the Global Congress of News Agencies in Lisbon, Portugal.
  • 7 May: Talk at the biggest Scandinavian marketing conference NextM in Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • 19-25 May: Study Tour with our fellows to Stanford, Google and Silicon Valley, United States.
  • 12-15 June: The Danish Political Festival Folkemødet.
  • June: Workshops in the Balkans.

Past Workshops and Talks

  • We at the Constructive Institute have been keeping busy. Here are some of the talks and workshops that have already taken place in 2019:
  • 6 Feb: Talk for online startup Watch Media in Copenhagen
  • 31 Jan: Roulata media workshop for 100 editors and reporters from the biggest magazine publisher in Belgium
  • 21 Jan: Visit from journalism students from the people Highschool in Rødding
  • 17 Jan: Talk for the International Red Cross in Geneva
  • 16 Jan: Talk for the RTS (Radio-Télévision Suisse) newsroom in Geneva, Switzerland
  • 2019/2020 Fellowship applications open in March
  • We open the applications for the next year’s fellowship program in March. If you are (or know) a talented journalist with an interest in changing the media culture, find out more on our website.

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Constructive Institute’s workshop for Roulata media’s 100 editors and reporters from the biggest magazine publisher in Belgium on 31 January 2019.


Network meeting at the Perugia Journalism Festival: 3-7 April 2019

We are increasingly looking to support Constructive News initiatives internationally and are excited about the great work that is being done across Europe and beyond. At our Global Conference we had two meetings where we connected with some fantastic Constructive Journalism practitioners and discussed the challenges and opportunities they faced. We are going to expand this and have a network meeting at the Journalism Festival in Perugia which runs from the 3-7 April. We will look at how we can help you carry out constructive journalism for your context. If you are attending the festival and are interested to connect, please email us with details of yourself and your work and we’ll keep you updated on the time and location of the event.


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