In 2008 something happened that changed the trajectory of my professional life, - in hindsight you could say, it´s changed my whole life.
That year I met a homeless woman in a shelter in Washington DC, who opened my eyes to the blind angles, we news reporters have. Our negativity bias and non-knowledge of the positives in this world result in over-reporting on The Disease Model of the World - rather than being accurate portrayers of what is happening in the world.
You´ll hear me tell the story of how that homeless woman opened my eyes, -and hence put me on the path as one of the founders of Constructive Journalistic Methods, a growing domain for news media and newsrooms across Europe and Scandinavia. Currently, we are +180 media professionals and newsrooms working with this domain.
We work with 6 elements:
Solutions focus. Add a solution-oriented framing of news. Take coverage further.
What Now? Convey a productive perspective about the future, and about our ability to get there.
Non-Polarized: Steer away from polarized, black/white, stereotyping created by media.
Enhanced Interviewing: Ask other questions to power, so-called victims, and experts. About resources, collaborations, common ground, and solutions)
“Factfulness”: Use data to create infographics, explaining the news. Are we looking at progress or setback? Inspired by Hans Rosling
“Engage & Co-Create”: Engage and empower the public. Co-create with the citizenry. Creates a relationship and possible stronger trustworthiness
Our website is open source and free.