24 Hours for the Future of Journalism

Our Global Constructive Journalism Conference will be held on the 15th and 16th December.

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Here We Go!
A Hybrid Event Bringing Together Journalists from Around the World
For 24 hours we are following the sunrise through all times zones on Planet Earth we will bring together key players with the potential to make an impact on the future of journalism.
PANEL DEBATES
Live opening and closing from Constructive Institute in Aarhus
DIGITAL DISCUSSIONS
Pre-recorded panels and thought leadership interviews
BREAKOUT SESSIONS
Interactive discussions on solutions to journalism’s problems
GLOBAL AWARD
The Future of Journalism Award will be presented

CONFERENCE PROGRAM

Aarhus

SETTING THE SCENE

What is constructive journalism and why do we need it? Live panels and talks from Aarhus lay out the problem the news media faces and how we collectively can build a journalism for tomorrow.

London

NEWS AVOIDANCE

The British news media is respected worldwide for some of the best journalism there is. At the same time the last few years has seen an increasingly divided political and news media landscape which is strikingly negative and often resorts to sensationalist headlines and political point scoring rather than calm and curious discussion. We explore the UK’s lessons for the world learning from journalism leaders, hearing from news consumers and digging into the data.

Sao Paulo

POSSIBILITIES FOR JOURNALISM IN A POLARISED WORLD

In Brazil, as in the US, the news media has been declared an “enemy of the people” by the government. In an increasingly polarized political landscape how can newsrooms continue to serve the public interest? How can journalists avoid an overwhelming negative news focus and instead address constructive solutions to the country’s challenges?  What role can reporters play in facilitating calm and curious conversation between those in power and news audiences with different political standpoints?

Philadelphia

CAN INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM BE CONSTRUCTIVE?

Investigative Journalism is one of the hall marks of respected journalism holding truth to power and exposing corruption, but can investigative reporting be constructive? Our panel thinks so. Respected award winning investigative reporters from Denmark, Germany and the US discuss their work and explain why it is important to go beyond exposing society’s problems.

Kansas City

NEWS DESERTS, WHY ARE THEY A PROBLEM AND WHAT CAN WE DO ABOUT THEM?

As local newspapers have closed across the US, more and more communities are left with no daily local news outlet at all. Beyond the losses of livelihood to thousands of journalists (in 2018 journalists lost more jobs than coal miners) what is the problem with news deserts and what can be done about them?

San Francisco

ROLES OF GLOBAL TECH COMPANIES IN SURFACING SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE NEWS CONTENT

In an age of digital disruption technology platforms such as Google and Facebook are often gatekeepers between news content and news audiences. What role should global technology companies play in enabling citizens to access the best obtainable version of the truth? What approaches are being explored by these influential connectors to surface quality journalism with nuance and perspective over sensationalist and outrageous content which spreads fake news and mistrust?

Tarawa

HOW TO COVER CLIMATE CHANGE CONSTRUCTIVELY?

The changing climate is one of the biggest stories of our time but journalists have struggled to convey an issue with such a gradual impact and whose consequences lie in tomorrow. Some journalism outlets seek to show the climate as “crisis“ and the news media in a fight with corporations and governments who have a vested interests in the status quo. But are there alternative approaches? Can journalists play a role in showing small incremental local impacts rather dramatic images, outlining solutions and offering hope for ways forward?

Auckland

HOW TO AVOID BEING A USEFUL IDIOT FOR TERRORISTS

In 2019 the world looked on with shock and horror at the rolling coverage of a terrorist attack in a New Zealand mosque. As the country became frontpage news both the government and news media put the focus on the rights and impact on the victims rather than the motives of the terrorists. A group of senior editors representing major outlets agreed editorial guidelines for reporting the trial. We will hold an international discussion to look at what can learnt from this and how journalists can avoid “being a useful idiot for terrorists”.

Canberra

THE TOXIC CYCLE OF CONFLICT IN MEDIA AND POLITICS

From the heart Australian politics this panel will look at the impact of a journalistic focus on politics and politicians. We will discuss how an emphasis on aggressive pundits and sensational sound bytes cripples political conversation, handing the microphone only to loudest and most shocking and drowning out thoughtful analysis, collaboration and ways forward.

Delhi

HOW TO COVER CORONA CONSTRUCTIVELY

The coronavirus pandemic has put journalism to the test. Since the start of the global outbreak, millions of scared, confused and isolated citizens from Milan to Melbourne and Michigan have turned to traditional media outlets for information free from the lies, half-truths, rumors and fake news.  In many countries news media have seen page views for their online news sites double. What have we learned, and how do we avoid returning to bad newsroom habits that — already before this crisis — eroded trust in journalism and in democracy?

Beirut

BRIDGE BUILDING JOURNALISM

How can journalism “bridge” deep political differences and identities and find “common ground”.  Are there limits to inclusion? What about societies where conflict and violence lays the foundation for deep suspicion and stereotypes? We learn from both journalism projects and mediation experts outside the news industry.

Nairobi

BEYOND STEREOTYPES: TELLING AFRICA’S STORY

How can Africa’s young journalists tell Africa’s story better and why should they lead this change? As young Africans continue to risk their lives crossing to Europe in search of a better imagined future how can journalists convey the possibilities that exist within the continent? How can they offer the best obtainable version of the truth; showing Africa neither as a hopeless continent but also not falling for a simplistic Africa Rising narrative?

Aarhus

HOW CAN WE CREATE A SUSTAINABLE JOURNALISM?

We collate the lessons learnt from journalism around the world in the last 24 hours and hear from change makers in industries beyond the news media. Industries from fashion to food are turning away from fast, damaging and unethical practices and finding profit in their pivot. What can newsrooms and journalists do going forward to ensure that our businesses sustain society for future generations?


CONFERENCE SPEAKERS

The conference will bring together key players with the potential to impact the future of journalism from all over the world.

Among others we will be hearing from …

EMMA TUCKER
Editor of The Sunday Times

 

ALIA IBRAHIM
Co-founder and CEO of Daraj

ANNE APPLEBAUM
Author & Staff Writer, The Atlantic

FRED SWANIKER
Founder of The African Leadership Network

RITU KAPUR
Founder & CEO of The Quint

SIR MARTYN LEWIS
Former News Presenter, BBC, Philanthropist

JENNIFER BRANDEL
Co-founder and SVP Global Partnerships, Hearken

RASMUS KLEIS NIELSEN
Director of Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism

MARCELO RECH
President of the Brazilian Newspaper Association (ANJ)

PETER DAMGAARD KRISTENSEM
CFOO, Constructive Institute

GORDWIN ODHIAMBO
Independent Documentary Photojournalist

EVA PEARLMAN
CEO and co-founder Spaceship Media

YONAS TADESSE
Independent Documentary Photographer

LIZA GROSS
Vice President of Practice Change

JODIE JACKSON
Campaigner, Researcher and Author of the book ‘You Are What You Read


YOUNG MODERATORS

The conference will travel around the world digitally, led by the next generation of journalists who will hold interactive sessions covering issues from their region.

Among others we will meet …

BEATRIZ SANZ
Journalist, Universo Online (UOL), São Paulo, Brazil

SARAH OLIVER
Journalism Student, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia

GOURI S. DEV
Journalism Student,
Christ Nagar College Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India

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