Constructive Journalism Conference:

June 22nd, 2022

Video takeaways from the event

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.


Gustav Aarup Lauridsen is Data Analyst at Constructive Institute. Previously, he has worked as a Research Assistant at Aarhus University and is now involved in projects in the Constructive Institute News Lab.


Gustav is studying a bachelor at Cognitive Science at Aarhus University and has a lot of experience with natural language processing, machine learning and big data. He has developed one of the best natural language processing tools and used his skills with different research projects before joining the institute.


Regine Skotte Ryttov is a project assistant at Constructive Institute. She works with communication, social media content and event planning, as well as a variety of ad hoc tasks. Previously, she has worked with facilitating an online group for disadvantaged citizens, and has also worked within the academic field by being part of two anthropological research projects at Aarhus University.


Regine holds a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from Aarhus University and Freie Universität, Berlin. During her studies she has conducted four fieldworks; one in Greenland, two in Denmark and one consisting of a larger digital fieldwork. Her Bachelor’s Thesis revolved around revolutionary practises and the utilisation of social media in mobilising social change in Belarus. Regine is especially interested in human rights, conflict management, peacebuilding, social transformation and (in)justice.


Mikkel Gudsøe is Head of Project and Special Advisor at Constructive Institute. He is running the project Bridge-Building Toolbox among other related activities designed to strengthen the work of journalists and democracy by facilitating more constructive debates and covering of conflicts in the media.


Mikkel Gudsøe is an Associate Professor of negotiation at Aarhus University where he also serves as Program Manager for the collaboration with Program on Negotiation Global at Harvard Law School. Further he is a trained mediator. Previously, Mikkel worked as Chief Attorney in the Danish Fashion & Textile Trade Organization and most recently as Executive Vice President-Legal Affairs at a large family owned Danish corporation. He owns and runs the coaching and consultancy company Negotiation Institute.

Kristína Kaňuchová

Kristína Kaňuchová is a visiting PhD student from the Department of Journalism, Faculty of Arts, Comenius University in Bratislava. She is focusing her PhD on constructive journalism and wants to gain more knowledge and inspiration for her research study plan at Constructive Institute. Kristína also studies how to create and teach a constructive journalism course for journalism students in Slovakia. She also wants to learn how to apply constructive journalism into her own journalistic work as well.


Kristína Kaňuchová has a master´s degree in journalism from Comenius University and has also studied journalism at Charles University in Prague and International Communication Management at Turiba University in Riga as an Erasmus student. During her studies, she has worked as an intern in a Slovak daily economic newspaper – Hospodárske noviny, later on in Czech public radio broadcaster – CRO and Slovak public radio broadcaster – RTVS.
During the last two years, she worked on her own journalistic project, a podcast “Namojdušu” about mental health which won a Slovak competition (Štúrovo pero) for young journalists in the category Online Journalism in June 2021.

Kaori Kohyama

Originally from Tokyo, Japan, Kaori Kohyama is a Erasmus Mundus Master’s student exploring the possibility of revitalizing civil society through journalism. Intrigued by the innovative methods of constructive journalism, Kaori came to Aarhus with a focus on studying how this new methodology can be interpreted and applied to Japan’s deteriorating situation regarding media and the loss of political debate among citizens. At Constructive Institute, Kaori serves as assistant international coordinator to help organizing international projects, and developing networks throughout Northeast Asia.


Kaori holds a dual B.A. in Political Science from Waseda University in Tokyo and International Politics from Peking University in Beijing as an Asian Future Leaders Scholar, and is a 2020 cohort of Yenching Academy fellowship program with MA in China Studies (Law and Society). Outside of Japan, she previously studied in the United States, China and Czech Republic. As a National Finalist for Miss Universe, Kaori uses her public image as a leverage to promote the significance of higher education for females through writing and speaking at formal and informal events. Kaori is a winner for 2021 Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan’s Swadesh DeRoy journalism award.

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 President,
The Institute for Justice and Journalism

Former President,
Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS)


Media Director,
European Broadcasting Union (EBU)


Chairman of the Board,
TV2 Denmark

Former Executive Vice President
AOL / Verizon

Former CEO,
Huffington Post


Dean, Faculty of Arts,
Aarhus University


Founder & CEO,
Constructive Institute

Former Executive Director of News
Danish Broadcasting Corporation (DR)


Head of News and Sports
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

Who are the Fellows?