Constructive Journalism

Constructive Journalism is an emerging domain within journalism and academia. At the University of Applied Sciences Windesheim we work on providing you with the tools for the best possible application of Constructive Journalism. Here you will find definitions, emerging research and an overview of media companies practicing Constructive Journalism.

In short

Journalism is facing a legitimacy crisis. We believe this will change if journalism alters its habitual focus on solely covering problems and conflicts. This means expanding its coverage to facilitate a future-oriented debate, embrace solution-focused coverage, engage and co-create with citizens. 

Vision and Ambition

Constructive Journalism into the curriculum

Windesheim’s School of Journalism in the Netherlands is the first international School of Journalism in the world to integrate Constructive Journalism into its curriculum, research and international partnerships. As part of this initiative, Cathrine Gyldensted, a leading Danish journalist and originator of this new form of journalism, has accepted the position of ‘Constructive Journalism Director’ at Windesheim. 


Accurate portrayal of the world

Constructive Journalism is adding missing elements to journalism in order to strengthen its accuracy, its engagement with citizens and its legitimacy. Thereby achieving a more accurate portrayal of the world, strengthened accountability and core functions of journalism.

About Constructive Journalism

Constructive Journalism

The concept of Constructive Journalism share DNA with earlier movements within journalism, like civic/public journalism and peace journalism. However, the novelty lies in the use of research and application from behavioural science like positive psychology, moral psychology and related domains.

Historical background