Fellowship 2024/25: New Cohort of Fellows Announced!

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The Institute

The institute helps journalists and news organisations to apply constructive reporting through a best practices portal, our fellowship programme, training curricula, and initiating independent academic research.


Ulrik Haagerup is the founder and CEO of Constructive Institute. He is member of the advisory boards of People’s University in Denmark, Bolius and Dalberg Global Media.
For 10 years he was the Executive Director of News at the Danish Broadcasting Corporation, Denmark’s public service broadcaster. He was previously Editor-in-Chief at NORDJYSKE Media from 2002 to 2007, Editor-in-Chief at the national daily Jyllands-Posten from 1994 to 2002 and an investigative reporter the same place from 1986 to 1991.


He graduated as a journalist from The Danish School of Journalism in 1986, and his journalism education includes being a John S. Knight Fellow at Stanford University, in addition to furthering his education at INSEAD, IMD, the Stanford Research Institute and the Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania. He won the Danish version of the Pulitzer, The Cavling Prize in 1990. He is awarded the knighthood of Dannebrog by Danish Queen Margrethe.


Cynara Vetch is Project Lead for international projects and partnerships. Previously she worked for over a decade with international news broadcasters including Al Jazeera, BBC and CCTV Africa in the Middle East and Africa. She also led media development projects using media programmes to both inform and entertain.


Cynara’s background is in journalism innovation, looking for new and better ways to reach and hear under served audiences. She has an Erasmus masters in Journalism, Media and Globalisation.


Orla Borg has been head of the Fellowship Program of Constructive Institute since the opening in 2017, organizing the teaching in constructive journalism, both at the institute and at workshop for media in Denmark and internationally. Before that he held positions as head of reportage and investigative journalist at Morgenavisen Jyllands-Posten.


Orla graduated from The Danish School of Media and Journalism in 1989. In the same year he started working as a reporter at the Morgenavisen Jyllands-Posten, covering politics, integration and social issues. For 10 years he was part of the paper’s investigative team. He has been awarded with The European Press Price, EU’s Anti-discrimination prize and the annual prize from the Organization of Investigative Journalists in Denmark.


Peter Damgaard Kristensen, MSc Political Science, CFOO (Finance and Operations), Constructive Institute. Peter is overseeing and co-developing a number of CI’s development projects.


He has previously worked in the university sector and has extensive experience in project management, public affairs and policy advice. Furthermore, he has worked as a consultant on various large scale research applications and has helped develop the scopes and frameworks for several research projects.


Kamilla Gamborg Isaksen, Head of Communication


Gustav Aarup Lauridsen is Data Analyst at Constructive Institute and has previously worked as a Research Assistant at Aarhus University. At Constructive Institute, Gustav is involved in the Constructive Institute News Lab, where he works on developing complex AI algorithms capable of automatically detecting constructive news.


Gustav is studying a masters in Neuroscience at Humboldt University, Berlin, and has a lot of experience with natural language processing, machine learning and big data. He has developed multiple natural language processing tools for Danish and used his skills with different research projects before joining the institute.


Jesper Himmelstrup is running our Youth- and Democracy-Project focusing on how we can encourage The Next Generation to take part in our Democracy through Better Listening and Participating in our Public Conversation in a more Constructive way.


Jesper Himmelstrup has 20 years of experience as a journalist. He has been working 10 years as a news reporter at the Danish Broadcasting Corporation, as an editor at the Ministry of the Environment, teaching at the Danish School of Journalism – and teaching the journalism-students at Krogerup Folk High School from 2013-2022. He was a fellow at the Constructive Institute 2022-2023.


Sonja Morell Lundorff is a project assistant at Constructive Institute where she is working at the Youth- and Democracy-Project focusing on planning, developing and facilitating workshops that encourage The Next Generation to take part in our Democracy and in the Public Conversation in a more Constructive way.


Sonja has a master’s in Analytical Journalism from Aarhus University and has written her thesis on Youth, Media and Democracy. She has years of experience with teaching children and young people and has extensive knowledge on youth engagement and participation. She took her bachelor’s in Religious Studies at Copenhagen University during which she worked at the daily newspaper Kristeligt Dagblad.


Johan Horsmans is a member of the data analyst team at Constructive Institute. Previously, he worked as a research assistant at Aarhus University, and currently, he is doing his internship at the Constructive Institute News Lab, where he works on developing complex AI algorithms capable of automatically detecting constructive news.


Johan is currently taking a master’s in Cognitive Science at Aarhus University. Through his education, he possesses extensive knowledge about machine learning, complex language models, and explainable AI. Before joining the institute, Johan has done extensive work on using natural language processing to automatically detect hate speech on social media.


Simon is the MSc Management Accounting, CFO at Constructive Institute. Simon drives the financial agenda including planning and reporting.


Simon is a financial and commercial generalist working with start-ups and in the corporate world. He has studied at Aarhus University, London School of Economics, San Diego State University and Lehigh University. He has worked in LEGO including several years abroad and is currently working for CI as an external while running a management consulting business.


Chiara Fürst is a Student Assistant at Constructive Institute currently pursuing her Master degree in Journalism. At Constructive Institute, Chiara is responsible for communications, design and the website and actively involved in the Climate Explorer program, which is a fellowship program exploring the future of climate change journalism.


Before starting her Erasmus-Mundus-Master degree in „Journalism, Media & Globalisation“ with a specialisation in the field of politics at Aarhus University and the Danish School of Media and Journalism, Chiara has been working for different public broadcasting media houses in Germany, mainly in documentary filmmaking and news. She holds a bachelor degree in „Communications and Economics“ from LMU in Munich and has also gained experience in Communications, Marketing and Design in previous student jobs.


Simran Ahuja is a Student Assistant at the Constructive Institute and an Erasmus Mundus Journalism Master’s student. She is involved in everything related to communication, from updating the website to social media management. She is also involved in the pioneer Climate Explorer Program, which is a fellowship program that explores new ways of doing climate journalism.


Simran is a journalist from India, with over six years of experience at major Indian publications like The Hindu, The New Indian Express and The Times of India. She has a BA in Communication Studies and is now pursuing a double degree MA from Aarhus University, Denmark, and Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany. Besides journalism, she also has experience with SEO writing and social media marketing.

The Board

To ensure independence of the institute it has been established as a foundation with a board and advisory board composed of journalists, media professionals, experienced former politicians and academics. The board oversees the strategic development of the institute and ensures the effective use of financial resources.

Chairman of the Board


Vice Chairman of Jysk Fynske Medier




Program Director of JSK Fellowship,
Stanford University, California 

Board Member,
KQED Public Media, San Francisco, California

Former President,
Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS)


Media Director,
European Broadcasting Union (EBU)


Dean, Faculty of Arts,
Aarhus University



Founder & CEO,
Constructive Institute

Former Executive Director of News
Danish Broadcasting Corporation (DR)


Vice CEO
SVT, Swedish Television


Journalism and Leadership Professor, Media Consultant and Senior Research Associate,
Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford

Former Managing Editor
Süddeutsche Zeitung (SZ)

The Advisory Board

Professor of Journalism at the Center for Journalism in University of Southern Denmark, Denmark

Editor-In-chief at Aftenposten, Norway

CEO of global startup Be My Eyes, Denmark

Director of John S. Knight Fellowship program at Stanford University, United States

Executive Director, International Media Support (IMS), Denmark

Associate Professor at Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, United Kingdom

Former Director General at the United Nations office, Geneva, Switzerland

Digital Director, BBC News, United Kingdom

Head of Innovation and Science at Danish School of Media & Journalism, Denmark

Founder of Global Think Tank Sustainia, Denmark

Director of the Centre for Journalism at Cardiff University and former Director of BBC News, United Kingdom

CEO of Media Tenor, Switzerland

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