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Constructive Journalism

Constructive Journalism Lab – Meet the fellows

More than 300 media workers applied but DW Akademie has now selected 15 outstanding journalists from Africa and the Middle East who'll be trained in Constructive Journalism. You can learn more about them here.

Which elements make a good constructive story? Are there some pitfalls to constructive journalism? And can all stories be told constructively? These are just some of the questions that fellows will be discussing during the Constructive Journalism Fellowship that got underway in late September.   

This is DW Akademie's first Constructive Journalism Fellowship and is designed for video journalists, photographers and documentary filmmakers from the MENA region and Africa. Fellows take part in an extensive, several-month online training program and will be supported in producing a constructive TV report, documentary or photo series that deals with the COVID-19 pandemic.  

The group of fellows is diverse. The 15 women and men come from ten different countries, have different faiths, and work in a variety of journalistic fields. But they all share one big passion: telling stories constructively. Some have experienced first-hand how media can exacerbate social tensions or conflicts, while others are simply tired of the mantra 'if it bleeds it leads'. Particularly since the COVID-19 pandemic they've seen the need for more nuanced, contextualized, and solutions-oriented reporting. During the fellowship they'll be supporting each other's work and will start creating a network of constructive thinkers in Africa and the Middle East. 

This project is financed by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) as part of the global initiative 'Transparency and Media Freedom – Crisis Resilience in the Pandemic'.