Constructive journalism is a response to increasing tabloidization, sensationalism and negativity bias of the news media today and offers an add on to both breaking and investigative journalism.
Constructive journalism is calm in tone, being less focused on scandals, conflicts and outrage.
Constructive journalism is not about the “nice and cute”, nor is it positive or soft news that ignores problems. It is “two-eyed journalism”, balanced reporting on both good and the bad in society.
The Two Layers in Constructive Journalism
In short, constructive journalism can be thought about in two layers.
- The first one is the editorial aspect of picking a calmer tone and not giving into the excess of negativity and sensationalism.
- The other layer focuses on reporting on responses to social ills.