FAQ

  • Holding an awareness that media shapes society and, in response, choosing to address issues and events through a lens that is more positive or solution-focused than a traditional negative approach. Constructive journalism is based on looking at a ‘wellbeing model’ of the world, rather than a ‘disease model’ – identifying possibilities, growth and strengths, not only focusing on difficulty and loss.

  • We define constructive journalism as: rigorous, compelling reporting that empowers audiences to respond constructively, presenting a fuller picture of truth while upholding journalism’s core functions and ethics.

  • Yes. It is independent journalism, with high societal value. Constructive journalism is not ‘fluffy’, and is not advocacy journalism.

    Constructive journalism is critical, but with a constructive rather than a negative mindset. It can hold power to account in an additional way by fostering conversation, collaboration, consensus building and challenging power to be proactive in providing solutions. It also illuminates how not only those in power are having, or can have, an impact.

    Constructive journalism strengthens journalism’s commitment to the truth, by helping provide a fuller picture of reality, and it strengthens journalism’s ethic of minimising harm by reporting in a way that is more conscious of how information might impact individuals and society.

  • No. Constructive journalism is an approach; it is more about how we report – whatever it is we’re reporting on – rather than what we report.

  • We believe there is currently a negativity bias in journalism. Constructive journalism is about stepping back from the assumption that journalism has to be negative in order to be quality and effective. With a basis in empirical research, constructive journalism is about developing a balanced approach that is more conducive to creating a flourishing society.

  • No. Constructive journalism is an approach that is applicable to different types of reporting and to diverse subject matter. It is part of a wider ecosystem of methods within journalism where the most appropriate mode of reporting will depend on the particular issue at hand.

  • Yes. Constructive journalism is being informed by a growing body of research. A small overview can be found here. If you know of any other interesting academic studies we should list, please contact us.

  • A growing number of media outlets worldwide – from small grassroots organisations to global newsrooms – are practicing constructive journalism. Our friends at the Solutions Journalism Network in the USA maintain a rich storytracker database showcasing best practice. In the UK, Positive News (run by Constructive Journalism Project co-founder Seán Dagan Wood) is dedicated to journalism about progress and possibility. The organisation is set up as pioneering media co-operative, owned by readers globally and is the longest-established brand of its kind.

  • Our aim is to make information about constructive journalism available to as many people as possible. We are relying on volunteers to help us translate materials. Currently, we have a summary available in Italian. If you are interested in helping us translate materials into other languages, we’d love to hear from you.