What is Constructive Journalism/CoJo?

You should add constructive journalistic methods to classical news reporting techniques, if you are seeking to portray the world more accurately. If you want to add more nuance and progress to media coverage. You will also effectively challenge stereotypes and negativity bias in the process.

Constructive elements in journalism can be applied to several stages of the news process including story generation, information gathering, and production. (McIntyre and Gyldensted, 2017).

In recent years, the practical application of constructive journalism by the industry, has tended to follow six entryways or elements. These elements were classified by the Journalism School at Windesheim University of Applied Sciences in 2016 where Gyldensted served as the Director of Constructive Journalism. (Hermans and Gyldensted, 2018).

Constructive Journalism was coined academically, in Gyldensted and McIntyre´s 2017 paper:

Constructive journalism: An introduction and practical guide for applying positive psychology techniques to news production.

THE Constructive Journalism network is launched

Gyldensted has recently launched the free and open source Constructive Journalism Network with colleagues Karel Smouter, NL and Karen McIntyre, US. Here media professionals network and collaborate. You can also find the “Global Cojo Map”, on www.constructivejournalism.network´s website.

In 2011, Gyldensted began her work synthesizing positive psychology with news journalistic techniques. The work was initially presented in her University of Pennsylvania Masters Thesis, “Innovating news journalism through positive psychology” which has been downloaded more than 10.000 times, since publication:

Global readership of the UPenn Masters Thesis, “Innovating News Journalism Through Positive Psychology”

Global readership of the UPenn Masters Thesis, “Innovating News Journalism Through Positive Psychology”

In a world where the media is focused around negative and conflict-based stories, scandals and exaggerations, Constructive Journalism wants to strengthen constructive elements in journalism through the application of positive psychology, moral psychology and prospective psychology. In addition to informing about negative events and crises, Constructive Journalism aims to offer possible solutions to face and handle them. Thereby, journalists are reminded of their special responsibility as influential opinion makers, to report in a well informed and diverse manner.

If you are curious, check out this Q&A on Constructive Journalism, Cathrine did, as part of Martin Seligman´s online Pos. Psych. course.

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