Discussant: Magnus Danielsson

Working Title: Conceptualizing Constructive Journalism

Abstract. 
Broadly, this study seeks to understand the implications of the emerging concept of constructive journalism to the field of journalism. Envisioned as a form of quality journalism, constructive journalism is said to possess the self-corrective ethos for challenging mainstream journalism's tendency to overemphasise the negative in their daily reporting. But does it add any new perspectives to the reform journalism movement granted past similar movements that have gained popularity for a season only to fade away thereafter. Can constructive journalism adequately respond to journalism's current state of flux? This study seeks to explore these and other questions from the perspective of Kenya's journalism practice. Of specific focus will be news articles drawn from three purposively sampled cases touching on terrorism, the environment and labor protests to examine the extent to which the coverage relates to constructive journalism ideals. This analysis will be complemented with in-depth interviews of Kenyan journalists to understand their perceptions of constructive journalism and if, and how it could impact their daily practice.
Discussant: Magnus Danielsson