Negative, black and white and ridden by scandals. Elite, power-oriented and untrustworthy. Can dialogue journalism show a path away from the — sometimes justified — media hatred?

By Eva Maria Jørgensen, journalism student, DMJX

Bright people who, with a few questions, tear apart untrustworthy stories. Brave people who are not afraid to go close when it really hurts. Clever people who track down the hidden and forgotten. Creative people who gather it all in an enticing and easily accessible package.

Something like that has been my image of the journalists I want to be like. And I think these are stories that many aspiring or already successful journalists want to recognize themselves in. And it’s neither a bad nor a wrong story.

And — as far as I know — media users don’t mind their journalists to hold those qualities either. …

Or how and why users should be involved in dialogue-based journalism — for the sake of journalism itself

By Katrine Egemark Balch Clausen, journalism student, DMJX

It is not news for us journalism students that the trust in our profession has weakened. That we range just above used car dealers in the statistics. That change is needed if we are to survive. I’ve heard it all before, but I’ve often wondered when it went wrong and whether we still have time to turn it around?

The journalism school course of constructive and citizen-involved journalism has taught me that, in fact, it is us journalists who bear part of the responsibility for not being trusted. There is a huge gap between journalists and citizens. We, the journalists, are in many ways too far from who and what we write about. …

Constructive and citizen-involved journalism is most likely here to stay, but for it to really take hold in the media mindset, it requires a more clear and fixed terminology

By Lasse Petersen, journalism student, DMJX

When I showed up on the first day of a course, which at the Danish School of Media and Journalism is called dialogue-based journalism, I was honestly a bit torn. Interested, of course, because the ideas of a higher level of user involvement sounded different and refreshing, but also sceptical, as this kind of journalistic thinking in several ways seemed to contradict the process we as students had been shaped by up until now. And last but not least, I was confused. …

It is essential to have a look at the concept of service journalism

By Oskar Leo Matthiesen, journalism student, DMJX

When I went out into the streets and parks of city of Aarhus (Denmark) to collect questions and wonderings from the citizens, I was nervous. Not because I was nervous to talk to people, but because my approach as a journalist was different than I had been used to in other contexts. My journalistic role had been turned upside down and suddenly I was not the one pursuing his own idea or story. …

The social media of the established Danish media are not very social

By Peter Breitenstein Hansen, Sofie Guldager Larsen, Svante Oskar Wettergren and Trine Marie Olsen, journalism students, DMJX

How much does a bull weigh? The English scientist Francis Galton asked 800 people to answer this in 1906. We will return to this later.

Historically, dialogue-based journalism hasn’t played a huge role in Danish media. Often it has been limited to a citizen who showed up at the news room with a tip or submitted an opinion piece that could be included in the newspaper the following week. And that’s not very surprising.

The printed newspaper as media does not invite to two-way communication, and with the limited technological possibilities of the time, it was difficult to get in touch with all its readers and afterwards be able to handle all the input they would provide. That is no longer an excuse. The Internet has made it possible to reach large sections of the population, and technology has made it possible to handle large amounts of input. Social media has created obvious platforms for interaction with users, and content that can now be published online makes it much easier to involve readers in the process. However, you will be left disappointed if you had hoped that Danish media would take advantage of these opportunities. There is not much social about their social media. …

It’s a pleasure to have ideas, angles or whole stories served in a civic community

By Sofie Tronier and Rebecca Christie Vosegaard, journalism students, DMJX

When we had to write a short essay about our expectations for the use of dialogue-based journalism at the beginning of March, we both actually anticipated that during this process we could avoid the sometimes tooth-pulling, brain-dead twelfth hour of idea development. During an introductory presentation by Hearken’s Morten Ro, we both got a feeling that civic, involving journalism functioned as a bank of ideas that, with the help of the right questioning technique, would be constantly refilled by itself. It should turn out to be more than that.

It is a pleasure to have ideas, angles or whole stories served in a civic community. And it should not be seen as an expression of laziness. As journalism students, we are used to throwing dozens of half and whole ideas on a mind map. The problem arises when the relevance of the ideas needs to be qualified. It often happens with phrases like “I have a feeling that many young mothers feel that…” or “I think horse owners are often told that they…”. We have almost avoided these sentences as we have developed our stories based on input from our dialogue groups. Our stories are qualified. The End of the postulates of idea development. …

Three European universities have joined forces to strengthen their teaching of constructive and dialogue-based journalism

By Alexander Mäder & Lars Rinsdorf, HdM, Stuttgart, Annette Holm, Gitte Luk, Henrik Laier & Johanne Haagerup from DMJX, Aarhus, and Erik van Schaik & Marjike van den Berg, Windesheim University, Zwolle

The three universities, The Danish School of Media and Journalism (DMJX), Hochschule der Medien (HdM) and Windesheim University have come together for this project, which is supported by EU Erasmus+ project funds, because we share an understanding of the current difficult state of journalism and ideas on how to improve the situation.

The three year project has just finished the first year and the first interim report of the project. …

In a figurative sense, we put on the journalistic chef’s hat and invite our guests to cook together

By Ida Kramhøft, Sidsel Babenco and Morten Egholm, journalism students, DMJX

Dialouge-journalism started out as a mysterious being when we were introduced to the concept. Something that provided an opportunity to get closer to real people. Something where you could drive around with a caravan and ring doorbells in the outskirts of Denmark. Something about something being at eye level.

Being closer to real people quickly turned out to be the puzzle’s most important piece on the first day of the 4th semester. …


Covid-19 fik os til at eksperimentere med skriftlige begrundelser for karakterer. Vi ville give vandtætte begrundelser med formativt sigte på en effektiv måde. Vi forsøgte med en guldvægt og et stopur.

Af Dorte Schiøler, lektor og Michael Bækgaard, adjunkt på DMJX

Sidste efterår havde gruppe syv forberedt talekort, lavet prototypetests og tegnet plancher til mundtlig eksamen. Alligevel fik de karakteren 4, svarende til ”den jævne præstation, der demonstrerer mindre grad af opfyldelse af fagets mål”. Det kaldte på en forklaring, syntes de. Hvad gjorde vi forkert? Hvad kunne vi gøre bedre? Hvad gør vi fremover? Sætter I ikke pris på, at vi har knoklet? De fik en mundtlig forklaring. …

Transformationen af det typografiske arvegods og nye metoder fra lærebog til grundbog

Af Henrik Birkvig, lektor, DMJX

Lektor Henrik Birkvig udgav 19. oktober 2020 en ny udgave af sin grundbog i typografi med ca. en tredjedel nyt stof. I denne artikel reflekterer han, efter over 40 års omfang med typografiens felt, over de forskellige udgaver fra den første i 1991. Og over det at arbejde med tekst og illustration på samme tid.

Som lektor/underviser på DMJX er man forpligtet til både at undervise, løse konsultative opgaver for eksterne klienter samt forske og udvikle. Forsknings/udviklingsaktiviteten resulterer ofte i en eller anden for formidling. …



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