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Disinformation and Democracy: Why we need to fix the news


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To mark the official launch of the Constructive Institute Asia Pacific based within Monash University Faculty of Arts, Inaugural Director Professor Stan Grant and media experts interrogate the complexities of our global news culture and discuss how fixing the news can embolden democracy.

About the Event

Today’s media landscape is rapidly evolving, enduring constant battles of misinformation, disinformation, sensationalism and negativity bias. This urgent discussion asks: can more solutions-focused and connected journalism nurture healthier democracies?

Walkey Award-winning writer and presenter, Professor Stan Grant and CEO of Denmark’s Constructive Institute, Ulrik Haagerup will officially launch the Constructive Institute Asia Pacific and its central mission to transform global news culture. Together with host Jan Fran, they will weigh in on solutions to the media crisis. They’ll share insights on how transforming the media landscape through constructive journalism can reshape public discourse to prevent half-truths and polarised narratives, and provide a fuller understanding of our world.


Based within Monash University’s Faculty of Arts, Professor Grant will amplify the Constructive Institute’s central mission to change global news culture in the Asia Pacific region, leading projects and debates that embrace global solutions, nuance and dialogue to newsroom cultures.

Presented in partnership with Faculty of Arts, Monash University 


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Stan Grant

Professor Stan Grant is the Director of the Constructive Institute Asia Pacific in the Faculty of Arts at Monash University. Drawing on his own deep experiences in news production, Professor Grant leads and advocates for a more solutions-focused, democratic approach to journalism. Professor Grant... Read more

Ulrik Haagerup

Ulrik Haagerup is the founder and CEO of Constructive Institute. He is member of the advisory boards of People’s University in Denmark, Bolius and Dalberg Global Media. For 10 years he was the Executive Director of News at the Danish Broadcasting Corporation, Denmark’s public service broadcaster... Read more

Jan Fran

Jan Fran is a Walkley-winning journalist, TV Presenter and internet commentator. Jan is the creator, writer and presenter of the online opinion segment, The Frant, which has been viewed more than 20 million times on social media and earned Jan a 2019 Walkley Award for Best Commentary, Analysis, Opin... Read more


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