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.

Bio

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.

Background

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.

Bio

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.

Background

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.

Bio

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.

Background

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.

Bio

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.

Background

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.

Bio

Monica Senker Holbech is Project Manager for content and digital projects at Constructive Institute. Previously she worked for more than five years with national news media including Danish Broadcasting Corporation (DR), the business newspaper Børsen, as well as other digital news media covering economy and business.

Background

With a background in digital journalism Monica has worked on a series of digital projects for different media organisations. She is MA Journalism (cand.public) from Aarhus University and the Danish School of Media and Journalism (DMJX) and BA in Communication & Media Strategy.

BIO

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.

BACKGROUND

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.

BIO

Rosa Uldall is Student Worker at Constructive Institute. She works with communication, content and social media, as well as various ad hoc tasks. Previously, she has done voluntary work at a youth organisation by providing social media support and event planning.

BACKGROUND

Rosa is currently studying journalism at the Danish School of Media and Journalism in Aarhus. Here she will be finishing her BA while working part time at Constructive Institute.

BIO

Camilla Bevensee is our University Intern at Constructive Institute. She is working with digital content and be connected to several of CI’s development projects.

BACKGROUND

Camilla is studying a MA in journalism at Aarhus University (Cand. Public) and holds a BA in Digital Design, also at Aarhus University. She has been working with journalism in sport (Orienteering) and has a lot of experience with UX-design, graphic design, CMS-managing and digital content production.

BIO

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.

BACKGROUND

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.

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

PER WESTERGÅRD,
Denmark

Chairman of Jysk Fynske Medier

CONNIE HEDEGAARD,
Denmark

Chairman of the Board, Aarhus University,

Chairman of the Board, Berlingske Media,

Former EU Commissioner

JEAN PHILIP DE TENDER,
Switzerland

Media Director,
European Broadcasting Union (EBU)

JIMMY MAYMANN,
USA

Chairman of the Board,
TV2 Denmark

Former Executive Vice President
AOL / Verizon

Former CEO,
Huffington Post

KIRSTEN JENSEN,
Denmark

Head of Office of Business Collaboration,
Aarhus University

ULRIK HAAGERUP
Denmark

Founder & CEO,
Constructive Institute

Former Executive Director of News
Danish Broadcasting Corporation (DR)

ANNE LAGERCRANTZ
Sweden

Head of News and Sports
SVT, Swedish Television


The Advisory Board

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

ESPEN EGIL HANSEN
Editor-In-chief at Aftenposten, Norway

CHRISTIAN ERFURT
CEO of global startup Be My Eyes, Denmark

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

JESPER HØJBERG
Executive Director, International Media Support (IMS), Denmark

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

ANNE LAGERCRANTZ
Director of News at SVT, Sweden

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

NAJA NIELSEN
Digital Director, BBC News, United Kingdom

TRINE NIELSEN
Director of Education and Knowledge at Danish School of Media & Journalism, Denmark

ERIK RASMUSSEN
Founder of Global Think Tank Sustainia, Denmark

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

ROLAND SCHATZ
CEO of Media Tenor, Switzerland


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