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Constructive Network

Researchers are a vital part of our constructive network. Here we outline the academic research on constructive journalism and the journalistic field that surrounds it by offering you an overview of the researchers we endorse and work with.

Morten Skovsgaard

Denmark

BIO

Morten Skovsgaard is Professor WSR of the Centre for Journalism at University of Southern Denmark.

Role & Research

Professor Morten Skovsgaard is currently conducting a research project on constructive journalism at the regional tv-station TV2 Funen. Read his article on the project here.

Nicole Dahmen

USA

BIO

Dr. Nicole Smith Dahmen has presented more than 40 conference papers, with top paper awards at both the AEJMC and ICA conferences. Dahmen is co-director of The Catalyst Journalism Project and on the Board of Trustees of Images & Voices of Hope (ivoh). She is on the editorial boards of Visual Communication Quarterly and Newspaper Research Journal.

Research and role

Nicole is an associate professor at the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication. Her research focuses on ethical and technological issues in visual communication, with an emphasis on photojournalism in the Digital Age. She also has a special interest in contextual reporting, specifically solutions journalism and restorative narrative.

Liesbeth Hermans

The Netherlands

BIO

Liesbeth’s research concerns the consequences the changing society has for Journalism Culture and Practice. Publications include ‘Elements of Constructive Journalism: Characteristics, practical Application and Audience Valuation’ (2019) written with Catherine Gyldensted and ‘Placing Constructive Journalism in Context’ (2018) written with Nico Drok.

Role & Research

Liesbeth Hermans is Professor and head of the research group of constructive Journalism at the University of Applied Sciences Windeshiem in Zwolle, as well as Assistant Professor at the Radboud University Nijmegen, in the Netherlands. Her research concerns the consequences changing society has for Journalism Culture and Practice. Her main research object in Zwolle is Constructive Journalism.

Peter Bro

Denmark

BIO

Peter Bro is Professor, PhD and director of the Centre for Journalism at University of Southern Denmark. He is part of the advisory board at the Constructive Institute and has published widely on the subject in research journals, anthologies, monographs etc.

Role & Research

The Centre has a fulltime staff of 30+ researchers and lecturers and fulltime students 600+ students and the programs include a BA, to master programs plus midcareer programs. Publications include Constructive Journalism: Proponents, precedents and principles in Journalism: Theory, practice and criticism (2018) and the forthcoming book chapter (2020) Constructive Journalism: The practice of social responsibility in the 21st century (written together with Cathrine Gyldensted – and part of the book It´s just good journalism)

Karen McIntyre

USA

BIO

Dr. Karen McIntyre Hopkinson is a Fulbright Scholar and an associate professor of multimedia journalism at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Richard T. Robertson School of Media and Culture. She received her Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Role & Research

Karen’s international and interdisciplinary research focuses on journalism processes and effects. More specifically, she primarily studies constructive journalism. She also studies press freedom and journalism practices in East Africa. Dr. McIntyre is published in journals including Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, Journalism Studies and Journalism.

Kyser Lough

USA

BIO

Kyser Lough is an assistant professor of journalism in the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia. His Ph.D. is from the School of Journalism at The University of Texas at Austin.

Role & Research

Kyser’s research focuses on visual communication and solutions journalism. Kyser’s solutions journalism work investigates audience effects, how it is conceptualized/created and the interplay of words and images. Kyser has compiled a public bibliography of solutions and constructive journalism research.

Researching Journalism Approaches?

If you think you should be on this list we’d love to hear from you. We are always interested in connecting with researchers in the field. Contact our Head of International Projects and Programmes Cynara Vetch.

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