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The Constructive Institute seeks to foster knowledge, inspiration and role models for the global constructive journalism movement.

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What We Do

At the Constructive Institute in Aarhus, we aim to save the media and democracy with journalism for tomorrow. Constructive journalism and dialogue lies at the heart of everything we do. Through our projects, international collaborations, workshops and fellowship programs, we have seen how constructive journalism can be at the forefront of elevating journalism standards and fostering change in media narratives. Hover over the projects in our library to learn more and get involved.

Global Hubs


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We’ve hosted sessions in Denmark and Kenya for the next generation of politicians and journalists to strengthen democratic dialogue

Democratic Bootcamps

We brought an international cohort of journalists together to develop best practices, tools and tips to help journalists reduce political and social polarization

Listen Louder: How to Counter Polarization

We worked with the Danida Fellowship Centre to train and support a group of
African journalists ahead of COP27 and its
implementation on the African continent

Constructive Climate Coverage for Africa

We worked with the feminist magazine Magdalene to create a constructive journalism guide for Indonesian journalists

Constructive Journalism for Indonesia

We created a coverage guide with Colombian newsrooms to combine elements of peace journalism and constructive journalism

Post-Conflict Journalism in Colombia

We co-developed curricula with Deutsche Welle for journalism trainers in South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa and the MENA region

Deutsche Welle training support

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Browse constructive journalism examples and instructive case studies from around the world. If you have an example for us to include, share it here.

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Die Welt: How to Cover Corona

Using a historical perspective the journalist describes the three big financial crashes of the last 100 years and tries to identify some learning points. These previous events may offer offer insights into what the corona crisis will mean for the world’s stock markets.

How To Build a Constructive Newsroom

How to build a constructive newsroom? In 2019 TV2 Fyn decided to develop the world’s first constructive newsroom. The regional tv station has the goal of changing the news culture across their different departments by 2020.

How To Connect People in Polarized Communities?

Deustchland Spricht was initiated by the repsected German news website ZEIT ONLINE as an answer to the central question “At a time in which significant parts of society have forgotten to talk to each other, how can we restart the conversation?”

How To Develop Digital News Media With a Constructive News Culture

The media startup Zetland embodies a constructive journalism culture which is present in all aspects of the business.

United Kingdom
How To Edit “A Stream” of Constructive Stories

The Upside is the Guardian’s constructive journalism “stream”. It is solutions focused reporting “that seeks out answers, solutions, movements and initiatives to address the biggest problems besetting the world”.

How To Embrace Nuance in Political Coverage

The respected Danish Daily newspaper Berlingske wanted to approach the 2019 Danish election with a different tactic.

How To Host A Civil And Curious Political Debate Show

How to host a debate show where participants listen to one another instead of scoring points? The Norwegian national broadcaster NRK launched a political debate show where guests find points of connection rather than ways to discredit one another.

How To Incorporate Solution Focused Stories into Radio Newscasts

“Perspektiven has generated the largest feedback from the audience that the channel has ever received,” says Adrian Feuerbacher, journalist at NDR.

How To Make a Local Newspaper Relevant To Its Community

The constructive approach made an impact on the bottom line as well, subscriptions to the digital newspaper also rose and continue to rise.