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Constructive Journalism

New event series: "Constructive Journalism Dialogues: Dispatches from the field"  

On November 18, DW Akademie in cooperation with the Constructive Institute (CI) and the Solutions Journalism Network (SJN), is hosting the second virtual event of the Constructive Journalism Dialogues.

With rising heat, melting glaciers and accelerating species extinction, the climate crisis is one of the biggest challenges of our time. Reading news about it can be overwhelming. It is hardly surprising that many recoil from the negative headlines and don’t want to hear about climate change anymore.

Constructive journalism offers a way forward. It puts the focus not just on the crisis, but also on possible solutions and ways to mitigate climate change. After all, there are people all over the planet who fight for environment causes, come up with ingenious ideas and achieve significant political change. Hearing their stories can stimulate hope while educating and inspiring the audience. So how can journalists approach one of the defining issues of our time in a constructive way? Let’s talk about it!

The session “Constructive Journalism and Climate Change: More than bad news?” will be held November 18, 2021 at 2:00 pm CET. The speakers are Lola García-Ajofrín, senior editor with Outriders (Spain) and Abaas Mpindi, CEO and co-founder of the Media Challenge Initiative (MCI) in Uganda. The session will be moderated by Dina Aboughazala, from Egab, a solutions journalism platform based in Egypt.

You can register for the event here.

"Constructive Journalism Dialogues: Dispatches from the field" is a four-part series that portrays journalists from across the globe who work constructively and have taken on pioneering roles in their regions.

Presented in collaboration with the Solutions Journalism Network (SJN) in New York, USA, and the Constructive Institute (CI) in Arhus, Denmark, the series will feature four virtual sessions held between October 2021 and January 2022. In each session, you’ll meet practitioners who share insights into their work, professional backgrounds and experiences.

We will be discussing how to report constructively on violence against women, minorities and marginalized communities, dictatorships, structural racism and discrimination, the pandemic and other global or local crises.  

How to watch

The sessions will be held online. We invite media workers and innovators from around the world to take part via a zoom link or to simply join the live broadcast at DW Akademie's Facebook page. The link will be shared here and on social media a few days prior each event.

Meet the panelists of “Constructive Journalism and Climate Change: More than bad news?”

Lola García-Ajofrín is a senior journalist at Outriders working on multimedia and interactive projects. Originally from Spain, she has reported from various cities around the globe, such as Kabul (Afghanistan), Caracas (Venezuela) and Rio de Janeiro (Brazil). She is the author of ‘Gigantes de la educación’ (FundaciónTelefónica, 2017) which systematically documents strategies utilised by teachers in eleven countries seeking to prepare their students for the demands of the twenty-first century. In 2015, Lola received the “Manuel Alcántara” award, which is an international prize for reporters. She has been published in many major news outlets including El Pais, El Mundo, El Confidencial, La Información, Telecinco and Cuatro TV.

Mpindi Abaas is the CEO and co-founder of the Media Challenge Initiative (MCI), a youth-driven non-profit building the next generation of journalists in Uganda. He believes that good journalism can make the world a better place through the stories journalists tell and how they tell them. His story has been featured in the Huffington Post, CNN African Voices and highlighted by President Barack Obama in his #Mandela100 lecture in South Africa. Mpindi is a 2018 Obama Leader, a Tony Elumelu Entrepreneur and a Young Emerging Leaders Program Fellow. Mpindi's educational background is in adult and community development, journalism and mass communication and he holds two Masters degrees in International Relations/Diplomatic Studies and International Development.

Dina Aboughazala (moderator) is an Egyptian media entrepreneur and bilingual journalist who spent 14 years working for the BBC before launching her media startup, Egab, in August 2020. Egab specializes in solutions journalism and acts as a virtual newsroom for local journalists from across the Middle East and Africa to empower them to publish in regional and international media outlets. 

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Missed the first event? Watch it here:

To watch the first session, "Constructive Journalism and COVID-19: Reporting the unknown", held on October 21, 2021, click here. The speakers included Ritu Kapur from the Indian news website The Quint, and Vivianne Ihekweazu from the Nigeria Health Watch.

Vivianne Ihekweazu is the managing director of Nigeria Health Watch, a health communication and advocacy organization based in Nigeria that advocates for improved access to health services. She is responsible for designing and implementing health communication and advocacy strategies and campaigns for government, not-for-profits and development partners in Nigeria. In the COVID-19 crisis & emergency risk communications team, she played a leading role in supporting the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control in public health communications, determining messaging priorities and developing public health guidelines. 

Ritu Kapur is the co-founder of The Quint, an independent news site in India. She has driven digital innovation from "The Quint Innovation Lab" to launching a fact check initiative "WebQoof". She has also strived to provide multiple platforms for free speech like The Quint's citizen journalism initiative "My Report" and "Me the Change" that focus on the rights of young women in India. 

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