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Constructive Voices – a resource for journalists

What is Constructive Voices?

Are you working on a news story or feature, and want a fresh angle that gives your report an evidence-based, constructive twist? Do you want to cover how innovative work is changing lives, or find an original interviewee who can throw light on an issue you’re investigating? Constructive Voices can help you. We’re building a resource of interesting case studies of important, positive work that's going on in a diverse range of areas. We focus primarily, but not exclusively, on charities and social enterprises as they are frequently the source of innovative work at ground level.

This is not intended to be about feel-good stories or PR puff pieces, but evidence-based solutions to significant, pressing social problems.

Constructive Voices also advocates constructive journalism – a more solutions-focused approach to news coverage, which is being embraced by an increasing number of news organisations such as the BBC, Guardian and Huffington Post.

Evidence shows that the public are turned off by negative news and young people, in particular, want reporters to examine solutions as well as problems. Audiences are more likely to stick with news outlets that provide this type of coverage and to share these types of stories on social media. They’re also better for advertisers, as it’s been shown that readers are more likely to purchase a product if its ads are next to a positive rather than a negative news story.

As Bas Mesters, the Dutch pioneer of constructive journalism said:

‘In journalism we have to add a sixth element to the five known ‘W’s: Who, What, Where, Why and When. It is: “What now?”’

How can Constructive Voices help me?

Constructive Voices is a service that can:

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What else can I do?

  • Follow @ConstructiveVox on Twitter. We’ll be flagging up constructive case studies and encouraging solutions-providers to tweet about their positive impact 
  • Register with CharityComms' AskCharity service. This service also offers access to useful case studies and contacts

Find out more

You can read more about constructive journalism in this Express Guide to Constructive Journalism by Giselle Green, who runs Constructive Voices. If you'd like Giselle to come and give a talk about constructive journalism, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Constructive Voices advisory board

Constructive Voices is supported by an advisory team that includes:

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