Photo Credit: DIS Student Photographer, Misako Ono

Photo Credit: DIS Student Photographer, Misako Ono

One of Europe’s first centre’s dedicated to constructive journalism will be set up later this year. Launching in Denmark, the aim of the centre is to create a more positive global news agenda.

The centre is the product of a collaboration between three journalism schools, following the success of The Constructive News course, which launched last year.

Cathrine Gyldensted, an investigative reporter has been actively involved in helping to set the centre up.

She told Positive News: “There will be a curriculum for new students and a department for continuous education for more experienced journalists, but research will play an integral role.

“We want to home in on psychology, especially positive psychology, and we’re looking at ways developments in neuroscience can help us. There’s a great deal of interesting research coming from the University of Pennsylvania right now, involving studies using MRIs on consumers of news, to assess the feelings and reactions people have towards news in papers. Such research will give us very important insight on how to create engaging, constructive journalism.”

Gyldensted added that people are turned off by what passes for news in the mainstream media and said that this has led to more members of the public searching for more alternatives.

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