What is Constructive Journalism?

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.


In Short

“Constructive journalism is a response to increasing tabloidization, sensationalism and negativity bias of the news media today”


Constructive Journalism Is

  • Critical, objective and balanced
  • Tackling important issues facing society
  • Based on facts and unbiased
  • Calm in its tone
  • Does not give in to scandals and outrage
  • Bridging, not polarising
  • Forward-looking and future-oriented
  • Nuanced and contextualised

Constructive Journalism Is Not

  • Promoting a specific agenda, crossing the line between journalism and politics
  • Uncritical or naive
  • Promoting heroes, governments or civil society organizations
  • Obscuring critical viewpoints
  • Activism in any shape or form
  • Dumbed-down, trivial or happy news
  • Giving in to false equivalence / balance
  • Advocating one solution over another
  • Oversimplifying complex problems or solutions to complex problems