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Constructive Fellows
We are proud to present to you the talented constructive journalism alumni of 2019.

Morten Vestergaard

Trygfonden Constructive Journalism Fellowship

Fellowship Project

As a TrygFonden Fellow at Constructive Institute, Morten focused on how journalism can contribute to a better understanding of society at large. He examined the cohesion – and lack thereof – in the Danish society, and investigated what journalism can learn from disciplines such as anthropology or psychology.

BIO

He holds a master’s degree in Journalism and History from Roskilde University and a bachelor’s degree in Literature from Aarhus University. Morten is the author of the biography Pigen fra Auschwitz (The girl from Auschwitz) about Arlette Andersen, a Holocaust survivor.

Current Role

Morten Vestergaard works as a feature reporter at the Danish daily newspaper, Morgenavisen Jyllands-Posten.

Linda Olsen

Realdania Constructive Journalism Fellowship

Fellowship Project

At Constructive Institute and Aarhus University she made use of her Realdania Fellowship on marginalised neighborhoods to examine the development in these areas, and how different approaches from the media affects the public debate. To better understand everyday life in a marginalised neighborhoods, she lived in a neighbourhood from the national “ghetto” list whilst being a fellow at the institute.

BIO

Linda Olsen is a journalist from the Danish School of Media and Journalism and a criminologist from the University of Copenhagen. At TV 2 Denmark she has been working with news and crime shows as a journalist and an editor. She has a great interest in parallel societies, the medias’ choice of words when reporting from these areas and the stigmatisation of people living there.

Current Role

Linda Olsen is the News Director at the youth radio station Radio Loud.

Mette Koue

Trygfonden Constructive Journalism Fellowship

Fellowship Project

Mette spent her year as a TrygFonden Fellow at Constructive Institute examining how to combine the strengths of digital platforms with constructive journalism and prioritise constructive news on online platforms, heavily reliant on user traffic.

BIO

She has a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Southern Denmark. For the past decade she has worked with online journalism and digital strategies in both commercial and publicly financed newsrooms.

Current Role

Mette Koue works as a digital news editor at dr.dk, the website for the Danish Broadcasting Corporation (DR).

Allan Bo Poulsen

Realdania Constructive Journalism Fellowship

Fellowship Project

At Constructive Institute Allan used the Realdania Fellowship to focus on remote areas in Denmark. These areas are slowly being depopulated, because of decreasing growth rates and disappearing jobs – the question is whether the journalistic narrative is reinforcing this development? As a fellow Allan examined how constructive journalism can contribute to a better understanding of the challenges and what it means for the actual development of remote regions in Denmark.

BIO

He mainly produces news stories for the national TV news cast and regional radio at DR. For several years Allan’s work has been focusing on constructive stories.

Current Role

Allan Bo Poulsen works as a news reporter at the Danish Broadcasting Corporation (DR).

Kristina Lund Jørgensen

TrygFonden Constructive Journalism Fellowship

Fellowship Project

During the TrygFonden fellowship year Kristina focused on how to use constructive journalism in engaging the readers, listeners and viewers in live event journalism.

BIO

Kristina Lund Jørgensen has worked for Jysk Fynske Medier from 2008-2018, where she was head of the project “Fyens.dk at University of Southern Denmark”, and as editor at the pop-up media ”STEM’RNE” (“the Votes”).

Current Role

Since August 2019 Kristina Lund Jørgensen has been Editor of Constructive Journalism at the regional tv-station TV2 Fyn.

Rasmus Bøttcher Christensen

Trygfonden Constructive Journalism Fellowship

Fellowship Project

As a TrygFonden Fellow at Constructive Institute Rasmus examined how stories and possible solutions in our neighboring European countries can be better integrated in the daily news.

BIO

He is a graduate in Politics and Journalism from Roskilde University, studied European Studies in Berlin and did his internship at the Danish daily newspaper Politiken. In recent years he has produced features for the Sunday evening news cast 21Søndag. He has also worked as an editor and has produced stories for the daily TV and radio news broadcasts.

Current Role

Rasmus Bøttcher Christensen is a journalist at DR News, Danish Broadcasting Corporation working at the political desk at Christiansborg.

Silja Raunio

Helsingin Sanomat Foundation Constructive Journalism Fellowship

Fellowship Project

During her Helsingin Sanomat Foundation Fellowship at Constructive Institute, Silja focused on a constructive social media presence for media houses. She explored how to increase a dialogue orientated approach and create stronger audience engagement in journalism – something that will facilitate an efficiently engaging and solution-orientated public discussion.

BIO

Silja has done her journalist career at the Finnish National Broadcasting company Yle, where she first started working ten years ago. With master’s degree in Social Sciences and studies in both Journalism and Public Policy she’s especially interested in audience engagement, participation, active citizenship and diversity in media.

Current Role

Silja Raunio is a Finnish journalist and news reporter with specialisation in radio, young audiences and social media content production.

Henrik Grunnet

Trygfonden Constructive Journalism Fellowship

Fellowship Project

Henrik spent the TrygFonden Fellowship at Constructive Institute investigating how constructive journalism can be implemented in conflict and post-conflict countries, so the media can work with solution-oriented journalism and remain independent without being considered the right-hand man of the people in power.

BIO

Henrik has previously worked as the Commissioning Editor at Danish Broadcasting Corporation (DR) and TV2 as well as being an independent producer in his own production company. In IMS Henrik has been responsible for the investigative journalism strategy as well as the Syria and Yemen programmes and online training of partners in closed countries.

Current Role

Henrik Grunnet works as a Strategic Adviser for the organisation International Media Support (IMS).


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