Karel Smouter (1983) is a journalist, J-teacher and entrepreneur based in Deventer, the Netherlands. Karel became one of the founding editors at De Correspondent in 2013 and served there as managing editor from 2014 – 2017. Currently Karel divides his professional time between 50% teaching Constructive Journalism at Windesheim J-School and 50% reporting.
Previously, Karel has reported all across the Dutch media landscape covering religion, migration, civil society and co-launched a digital media venture - now named Lighthouse Reports - in 2008.
Karen McIntyre, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of multimedia journalism in the Richard T. Robertson School of Media and Culture at Virginia Commonwealth University. Her international and interdisciplinary research focuses on journalism processes and effects. More specifically, she studies constructive journalism, an emerging form of journalism that involves applying positive psychology techniques to the news process in an effort to create more productive, engaging, and solution-focused stories. Currently, she is researching and teaching journalism in Rwanda as a Fulbright scholar.
Co-founder, Constructive Journalism Network
Cathrine Gyldensted has served as the Worlds first Director of Constructive Journalism at Windesheim of University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands, (2015- 2017). As part of this endeavor, she has been offering consulting services, trainings and workshops for professional reporters and editors worldwide, while being a frequently invited expert at news and academic conferences.TEDxTalk here. Gyldensted initiated the idea to synthesize positive, moral and prospective psychology to the field of journalism in 2011, coining the term ‘constructive journalism’ academically and conceptualizing it with Karen McIntyre.
She has worked for over a decade as an investigative reporter, foreign news reporter, radio anchor and executive producer for several Danish media, before obtaining a Master’s degree in Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania in 2011.
Gyldensted has published several books on the topic, such as Handbook of Constructive
Journalism (2014), and From Mirrors to Movers. Five Elements of Positive Psychology in
Constructive Journalism (2015).