S2 Ep7: Ellen Heinrichs | Bonn Institute

S2 Ep7: Ellen Heinrichs | Bonn Institute

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vor 2 Jahren

Today, I am joined by journalist and entrepreneur Ellen
Heinrichs. She is the founder and CEO of the Bonn Institute for
Journalism and constructive dialog which supports
solutions-oriented journalism by working with media companies and
research institutes to analyze the impact of constructive
approaches. I met Ellen more than a decade ago when we both
worked for Deutsche Welle. She helped found the internal network
DW Minds and the DW Innovation Lab. She was the first German to
be a fellow at the Constructive Institute at Aarhus University in

Some key takeaways:

constructive journalism has three components:

it is solution-oriented which means that throughout the
journalistic process, a critical look at solutions is

it enriches journalism with more perspectives - it is
supposed to be more nuanced and therefore less polarizing

journalism contributes to constructive debates in society
by e.g. asking different questions that trigger vivid dialog

we need to add more skills into our journalistic toolbox

critical thinking doesn't always mean negative thinking

potential solutions can activate resources that are
already there - solutions-focus can be more helpful for the
future whereas negative talk can create only problems

systemic thinking - typical storytelling of focusing on
conflict and having a hero need to be questioned

we need to tell different stories that do not stress people
but resonate with their resources. journalism should activate
them and help them think about what they can actually do

journalism should be a service profession - providing public
with information they need

journalism is not just about telling stories but also
listening to what's relevant

Bonn Institute offers workshops, conduct studies and brings
attention to the topic of constructive journalism at conferences
and events

More links:

Bonn Institute

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Produced by Linda Rath

Photo by Ellen Heinrichs

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