Cathrine Gyldensted

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Cathrine Gyldensted
Gyldensted in 2017
Copenhagen, Denmark
EducationDanish School of Journalism, University of Pennsylvania
Occupation(s)Journalist, director of Constructive Journalism
Notable creditTV Avisen Magasinet Søndag Huffington Post
SpouseTorsten Stiig Jansen

Cathrine Gyldensted (born 1973) is a Danish journalist, author, correspondent, and news presenter and since 2011 the originator of innovating journalism through behavioural sciences like positive psychology, moral psychology and prospection known as constructive journalism. She coined the term, academically, in 2017 with Karen McIntyre.[1]

Much of Gyldensted's method and framework belong within the domain of constructive journalism.[2][3][4][5] In December 2015, she was appointed the world's first Director of Constructive Journalism at the Journalism School at Windesheim University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands.[6] She left Windesheim in July 2017 and co-founded Constructive Journalism Network based in Amsterdam, a journalistic online network based in Amsterdam focusing on constructive journalism and research pertaining to constructive journalism.

Early and personal life[edit]

Gyldensted was born in Copenhagen[7] and lived in 1983 with her mother and sister in Saudi Arabia, but later moved to Slagelse, Denmark, graduating in 1991 from Slagelse Gymnasium og HF-kursus. In 1996 she is admitted to the Danish School of Media and Journalism and graduated in February 2000 specializing in foreign reporting and radio journalism. Gyldensted's parents are Carsten Gyldensted, professor emeritus, Neuroradiology, Center of Functionally Integrative Neuroscience - CFIN at Aarhus University[8] and Merete Gyldensted retired Senior Physician at Slagelse Sygehus.

She lives in Copenhagen with Torsten Jansen, a former US correspondent and News Anchor at Danish Broadcasting Corporation[9] In 2008, they wrote the book Obama City together about power structures in Washington D.C.[10][11]


Gyldensted began her career in journalism working for Radioavisen at Danish Broadcasting Corporation. She was then hired as a TV reporter for TV Avisen in 2001 with shorter editorial TV projects elsewhere within Danish Broadcasting Corporation[12] She was appointed an extra correspondent for Danish Broadcasting Corporation moving to Washington in 2007.[13] She remained there until 2011, before returning to Copenhagen embarking on her work with developing the constructive journalism framework and research. In 2003 she was nominated for the Cavling Prize for uncovering rare cancers amongst retired army radar personnel in NATO.[14]

In her time with Danish Broadcasting Corporation, she has met such US politicians as Madeleine Albright, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama and the musician David Bowie.[15]

She was the head editor of the live talk show Clement Direkte with Clement Kjersgaard in 2004.[16] In 2011, she was anchoring a foreign news radio show “Globus” and the culture show “AK24syv” both at the Danish national radio station, Radio24syv.[17] Gyldensted has written two books, “From Mirrors to Movers. Five elements of Constructive Journalism”,[18] and "Blev Du Klogere. A Depolarizing Debate Format",[19] and co-written six others: “Reporting beyond the problem. From Civic Journalism to Solutions Journalism”,[20] “Obama City”,[21] “Håndbog i Konstruktiv Journalistik”,[22] “En Konstruktiv Nyhed”,[23] “Glimt Af Amerika”,[24] and “Gurubogen”. [25]


  1. ^ "News Media kills Political Visions. Help: Prospective Psychology".
  2. ^ "Innovating News Journalism through Positive Psychology".
  3. ^ "What constructive journalism is and why we need it". Archived from the original on 2017-09-07. Retrieved 2017-09-07.
  4. ^ "How Journalists could be more constructive - and boost audiences".
  5. ^ "From Mirrors to Movers. Five Elements of Positive Psychology in Constructive Journalism". ISBN 1514777495.
  6. ^ "Internationale pionier constructieve journalistiek verbindt zich aan Windesheim".[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "Constructive journalism: Turning away from the culture of reported fear: Speakers". Constructive journalism: Turning away from the culture of reported fear. Retrieved 2017-09-06.[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ "Institut for Klinisk Medicin - Center for Funktionelt Integrativ Neurovidenskab". Retrieved 2017-09-06.
  9. ^ "Torsten Jansen fylder 50 år". Retrieved 2017-09-06.[permanent dead link]
  10. ^ "Tværsnit af Washington". Retrieved 2017-09-06.[permanent dead link]
  11. ^ "Washington bag facaden". 2009-01-20. Retrieved 2017-09-06.
  12. ^ "Nyt job til Cathrine Gyldensted". Business and Leadership. 3 January 2007. Retrieved 2017-09-06.
  13. ^ "USA flytter omstridt fange til andet fængsel". Retrieved 2017-09-06.
  14. ^ "Flere end først antaget syge af radar". Retrieved 2017-09-06.
  15. ^ "DR1 TVAvis Interviewer David Bowie". 28 February 2003. Retrieved 6 September 2017.
  16. ^ "Redaktionen". 1 December 2011. Retrieved 2017-09-06.
  17. ^ "AK 24syv Podcast". 2005. Retrieved 2017-09-06.[permanent dead link]
  18. ^ Gyldensted, Cathrine (10 August 2015). From Mirrors to Movers. Five elements of Constructive Journalism. ISBN 978-1514777497.
  19. ^ Gyldensted, Cathrine. Blev Du Klogere. ISBN 9788787627436.
  20. ^ beyond the problem. From Civic Journalism to Solutions Journalism|date=October 2020|access-date=2021-10-05
  21. ^ "Obama City". January 2009. Archived from the original on 2020-03-23. Retrieved 2017-09-06.
  22. ^ "Håndbog i Konstruktiv Journalistik". 2015. Retrieved 2017-09-06.
  23. ^ "En Konstruktiv Nyhed". 2012. Retrieved 2017-09-06.
  24. ^ "Glimt Af Amerika på gaden den 27. marts=27 March 2016". 2015-02-13. Retrieved 2017-09-06.
  25. ^ "Gurubogen". 2016. Archived from the original on 2017-09-08. Retrieved 2017-09-06.

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