How to teach

Dialogue-based Journalism

– An Inspirational Guide

DIALOGUE: An Erasmus+ project

Who’s behind this website?

In 2019, three journalism schools from Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands joined forces with the goal to develop curricula for teaching audience engagement and dialogue under the umbrella of constructive journalism. This website is an inspirational guide based on experiences from three years of teaching.

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This project is funded by the Erasmus+ Programme

The DIALOGUE project has been funded from 2019 until 2022 as an Erasmus+ project by the European Commission.

Hear what students think about teaching dialogue-based journalism in the video.

What is dialogue-based journalism?

Dialoguebased journalism is a widened journalistic approach with the aim to bring audience into the news production process from idea to evaluation, to make citizens participate in the creation of stories, to include diverse voices, to find out which problems are relevant for the audience with the audience. While remaining critical.

The ambition for dialogue-based journalism is to empower and engage citizens to overcome feelings of hopelessness and of alienation from society.

Some tools and methods

How to teach


Dialogue-based Journalism (20 ECTS)

Students have two major assignments:

1. Dialogue project (7 weeks). Students dive into a societal problem and zoom in on specific places where it is manifest. They listen to affected people and other relevant sources, and they involve citizens through crowdsourcing techniques. They publish online and moderate.

2. Debate project (3 weeks). In small groups, students arrange and facilitate constructive debates and chose one of two types: A) A constructive debate between two people with opposing views or B) A conversation with at least six to ten people.

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Public oriented Journalism (25 ECTS)

Students work in small editorial groups on production assignments from media partners. First, they seek out their audience in real life and on social media. They consult them on topics and angles. In the second phase, they arrive at productions in which they involve their audiences before, during and after the publication process. Finally, they evaluate the process and reflect on audience engagement in journalism.

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We are committed to exploring the strengths of dialogue-based and constructive journalism.