Volcanoes are erupting in The Philippines, but on-fire Australia received some welcome rain. The Iran war cries have been called off and The Donald’s military powers are about to be hamstrung by the Senate. Meanwhile, his impeachment trial is starting, and we’re all on Twitter for a front-row seat.
If the news leaves you feeling depressed and disengaged, you’re not the only one. Ulrik Haagerup is the founder and CEO of the Constructive Institute, whose mission is to change the global news culture in five years. The Institute combats the trivialization and degradation of journalism by emphasizing reporting that is more accurate, balanced, and solutions-focused, and providing training to journalists. They also work closely with Aarhus University, a young and modern university that has grown to become a leading public research university with international reach.
Haagerup was the Executive Director of News at the Danish Broadcasting Corporation, Denmark’s public service broadcaster, for ten years, and was previously editor-in-chief at Nordjyske Media, one of Denmark’s largest media companies, from 2002 to 2007. He is the author of A Good Idea—Did You Get It? and Constructive News. In 2008 he was a Member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Future of Journalism. His education as a journalist includes being a John S. Knight Fellow at Stanford University, in addition to furthering his education at INSEAD, IMD, the Stanford Research Institute and the Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania.