More knowledge in the debate on childrens welfare

The foundation TrygFronden and TrygFonden’s Centre for Child Research has established a journalistic fellowship, aimed at fostering a more knowledge-intensive debate about socially marginalised children and youth in particular.

2014.01.29 | Peter Pilegaard Hansen og Martin Hagelskjær Damsgaard

What does the Danish population really know about marginalised children and youth – and about how to help them? We have all heard the craziest stories, but are we learning enough through the media about the state of the field in general? And about what works when municipalities, schools and parents try to secure the best possible future for these children? 

TrygFonden and TrygFonden’s Centre for Child Research would like to contribute to getting us one step closer to answering “yes” to this question – and therefore they have established a journalistic fellowship. 

The fellowship consists of a DKK 500,000 grant, which will be awarded to an experienced journalist. He or she will be based at TrygFonden’s Centre for Child Research at Aarhus University's School of Business and Social Sciences for six months. 

Journalism and knowledge
At the centre, the chosen journalist will get the opportunity to delve into some of the best Danish research and knowledge about the well-being among children and youth. The fellowship will also provide the journalist with more extensive general knowledge as well as an understanding of the various research methods applied and how knowledge is produced. Such tools will be useful for journalists in the future in their work to separate fact from fiction.

While working to gain insight into the topic, the journalist fellow will also spend the six months finding out how to apply concrete knowledge towards improving the journalistic practice related to issues on children’s welfare. 

At TrygFonden and TrygFonden’s Centre for Child Research at School of Business and Social Sciences, they have established a journalistic fellowship, because they believe that more and deeper knowledge is the key to changing the journalistic practice and thereby improving the public debate on the wellbeing of children and young people. In the end, a better and well-founded debate will benefit the children and young people. 

The fellowship was inspired by similar initiatives at e.g. Harvard University in the U.S. and the University of Oxford in England. 

Contact

Peter Pilegaard Hansen
Project manager at TrygFonden:
Tel.: 45 26 08 29
Email: pp@trygfonden.dk 

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