What do I get?

You will learn:

  • What constructive journalism is – and what it is not.
  • Why it matters (hint: research about audience perception and engagement shows that it works).
  • How you structure a constructive story and how the language you use impacts on your piece.
  • How to identify a potential constructive journalism angle and turn a ‘traditional’ news piece into a constructive one.
  • How to build a good story pitch and how to sell your idea to editors in both traditional and new media.
  • How experienced freelancers have built their career on constructive journalism and now make a living from it.
  • How to brand yourself as a freelancer and how the constructive reporting element fits in to your work.

This course is for you if:

You are an independent journalist wanting to learn how you can use your skills within the growing field of constructive journalism. Journalism graduates, staff journalists  and others considering to move into independent journalism are also very welcome to join.


Both long-term and in the short run: If you are ready to get inspired and put in the hard work, you’ll come away with concrete ideas to spot new stories, come up with original angles and sell your constructive journalism work, starting right away. Beyond that, you’ll have expanded your journalistic toolbox with constructive journalism skills to future-proof your career. You will be able to work on the journalism you believe in and make your business more sustainable too.