The Brussels Center for Journalism Studies celebrated its 10th anniversary by organizing a festive evening lecture on constructive journalism. After a warm welcome by the director of the center, prof Rozane De Cock, BCJS member prof Hedwig de Smaele started to unravel the central concept of the evening by “deconstructing constructive journalism”. She reflected on the Flemish point of view and presented results of her research on the public broadcasting channel as a case study.
Two Flemish journalists/documentary makers, Tom Mahy and Anthony Bosschem, shared their own approach with us by showing fragments of their in-depth reporting style. They started their own online platform “Zwijgen Is Geen Optie: ZIGO” (“Remaining Silent Is No Option”) from scratch to take a stance and to focus on what can be done about societal problems, inspired by interviewees and their positive approach.
Keynote speaker of the evening was prof Liesbeth Hermans, the only academic expert in constructive journalism in the Low Countries. Her talk revolved around potential building blocks of truly future proof journalism and how constructive journalism can contribute to this aim.
Campus dean of the Faculty of Arts at our Brussels Campus, prof Lieven Buysse had the honor to wrap up the central messages of the different lectures by presenting his concluding remarks and by inviting all guests for the festive reception at the foyer.
We want to thank all presenters, journalists, students, former students and colleagues from Brussels and Leuven who were present for their contribution to a wonderful inspiring evening and celebration!