Meetings No 22
Constructive Journalism
Atti Soenarso: Journalism that offers a fuller picture of our world.
Cover Story
Anna Rosling Rönnlund, Gapminder
“We’re right, you’re wrong. It’s as simple as that.”
You have to have Stories to tell
The simple poetry of My Life as a Dog.
Long Tail Insights
The Power and Legacy of Conferences
Stories of serendipity, innovation and driving social change.
Smart Decision
Sustainable Meetings Vital Part of the New Strategy of Gothenburg
Gothenburg has a clear plan.
African Convention Bureaux Will Lead the Way
Agenda 2063 is a call to action.
IBTM World Announces Tech Watch Award shortlist
A shortlist of nine finalists has been announced.
Economic Impact
Incheon – Forward-thinking Metropolis
A South Korean city with a demand for business events.
You Are Not Safe
Predicting the birth of the Internet with 20/20 hindsight.
Global Index
Gaining Edge Launches Global Competitive Index
Bigger isn’t always more competitive.
IACC confirms 63 new member venues in Denmark
The new venues are part of Danske Konference Centre.
Isn’t It Time? The 13 Questions for Visionaries
Robin Sharma hopes to help you win.
Thought Leadership
A Futurist on the Future of Payments
Anders Sorman-Nilsson: It has to be frictionless.
Tips for Measuring ROI
Two ROI experts share their insights.
CWT Meetings and Events Forecast 2019
Data-driven insight and expert analysis to maximise your results.
Our Knowledge Bank Is Growing
Roger Kellerman: New knowledge flows to us.
How to pivot
Incon Launches Covid-19 Resource Page
with offices in 170 destinations.
one step at the time
Asia’s MICE sector
expected to rebound ahead of other regions.
First to open
Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Center
in Reykjavík is ready for the post-Covid-19 era.
amazing opportunities
Amsterdam Drone Week
expands activities with hybrid summits.
opening up
Etihad Airways
adds more return flights, including Paris, Geneva, and Milan.
New faces
at The Hague Convention Bureau
to focus on key sectors.
one step at the time
Emirates to resume passenger flights from May 21
to nine destinations.
one step at the time
RAI Amsterdam:
‘We’re ready to reopen following social distancing guidelines’.
one step at the time
Iceland To Open
to Tourists Again On June 15th (With Conditions.)
13,254 rotating association meetings
2019 ICCA statistics captured 13,254 rotating association meetings,
US still country number one.
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Constructive Journalism

The work of Meetings International is based on the idea of constructive journalism. While this term is slowly getting more well-known amongst professionals, the concept of constructive journalism is still not very widespread.

Constructive journalism takes journalism’s democratic function seriously and seeks to facilitate public debate not only around important problems, but also around possible solutions to improve the quality and the tone of public discussions.

Our magazine is based on a focus on progress, possibilities and solutions to the big challenges facing our industry today, adding perspective and looking at global trends – telling stories through examples, showing people who take action, building relations with our readership by inspiring hope and belief that we can change the world.

Constructive journalism is reporting about responses to problems focusing on how those problems might be solved. Rather than only investigating what’s going wrong, constructive journalism explores what’s going right too, offering a fuller picture of our world. Journalists look for evidence of why responses are working – and also not working. This approach aims to spark constructive dialogue and collaboration, it is forward-looking and shows change is possible. Constructive journalism is not about ignoring negative news or covering feel-good stories. On the contrary, it covers stories with importance to society.

Constructive journalism is also an umbrella term for journalism that takes a solution-focused approach rather than the traditional negative approach and empowers audiences to respond constructively.

This could be range from full-fat solutions journalism, which explores one or more solutions to a problem in an in-depth way; incorporating constructive elements into a report, or solutions-lite stories that look at a particular solution less exhaustively. Solutions-focused journalism is the term used by the BBC.

Positive journalism is not the same as constructive journalism. It is less serious or rigorous and often tells stories of heroes and individual events which do not have high significance to society, but that’s not to say these stories do not have a useful role. Transformative journalism provides actionable solutions to the issues covered.

A growing number of major news organisations across the world practice constructive journalism, including the BBC, The Guardian, The New York Times, Economist and Time Magazine, and many other European and US media. Among online media the Huffington Post led the way inspired by its founder Arianna Huffington, and was followed by outlets such as De Correspondent, Upworthy and Spiegel Online.

Constructive journalism is critical, objective, and balanced. It is tackling important issues facing society, not trivial. Unbiased. Calm in its tone and does not give in to scandals and outrage. Bridging, not polarizing. Forward-looking and future-oriented. Nuanced and contextualised and based on facts. Facilitating well-informed debate around solutions to well documented problems.

An important part of the constructive journalism movement is Restorative Narratives. These narratives offer a balanced approach to covering news. Restorative narratives move beyond the “what happened” stories and show what is possible by highlighting how communities and individuals are rebuilding a recovering after difficult times.

It is encouraging to see people’s growing interest in constructive journalism and restorative narratives, and other forms of storytelling that move away from the “if it bleeds, it leads” approach to storytelling.