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Dr. Karen McIntyre gives keynote speech on ‘constructive journalism’ in China

Dec 12, 2019

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By Rodney Robinson

Photo of Dr. Karen McIntyre giving a keynote speech on constructive journalism in ChinaDr. Karen McIntyre gave a keynote speech on constructive journalism in Beijing, China, in November.

Dr. Karen McIntyre was invited to deliver a keynote speech at the first conference on constructive journalism in Beijing, China, last month.

“It was an honor to be invited by such a well respected organization,” said McIntyre, an assistant professor of multimedia journalism in the Robertson School.

About 100 guests were selected to attend the conference, titled Constructive Journalism: Theory and Practice. The meeting took place on Nov. 9 and was organized by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, the leading social science research institution in the country. McIntyre gave an additional talk about her research in constructive — or solutions — journalism to students and professors at a CASS university campus the following day.  

Solutions journalism is an alternative to traditional news reporting. McIntyre said that people are becoming more and more depressed with the current news, because of its constant reporting of negative news without solutions. Solutions journalism reports on important stories by using a method that focuses on how people are responding to problems rather than focusing solely on the problems themselves. This method aims to empower audiences and help communities, and it has gained a lot of attention in recent years among both researchers and practicing journalists.

McIntyre’s speech, as well as other talks at the conference and research papers on the topic, will be published in a special issue on constructive journalism in a top Chinese journal sponsored by CASS.