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Who is he, by the way?

Friday, September 28th, 2012

My first story as a reporter was a radio documentary for the community radio in Aarhus. It was about the Israeli suppression of the Palestinians. It was in 1984, and I had just returned from a back-packer trip to the Middle East and Asia during which I met with the Israeli peace movement,  visited refugee camps in Gaza and Damascus, and stayed for weeks with Palestinian students at Bir Zeit University on the West Bank.

While I was there a few fundamentalist Jewish settlers  massacred students at Hebron University. Suddenly I found myself in a demonstration with a sign: ”We’re gonna tell it at home”. The pictures went worldwide, and I had made a promise. After this first radio documentary I signed up for journalism studies – and here we are.

Before my backpacker travels I worked as an unskilled labourer and builder, I built scenes  at a theatre and worked at Aarhus Lumberyard where I was elected as a union representative for the lumberjacks and truck drivers. That was in the 1970s and we went on strike and that was good, because I was a Maoist on the left wing.

My Berlin Wall – or rather Chinese Wall – fell in 1980, when I realized that the Chinese Cultural Revolution was a hoax, and that the Peoples Republic suppressed the very same people. I resigned from the small Danish Maoist party. Later I have been in both Cambodia and Albania as a media trainer and I apologized for my misconceptions. I have not been a member of any party since.

A La Défence, Paris. Photo: Lynge A. Møller.

Fortunately, I found my platform as a  publicist and via a critical agenda-setting approach to journalism that was first formulated by Joseph Pulitzer as the editorial policy of The New York World in late 1800, and which the Pulitzer Prize still reminds us about.

Although I never won any Pulitzer Prize, I did receive a very honourable prize in 2010, named after a Danish veteran in Journalism, Carsten Nielsen, from Danish Union of Journalists. The prize was given for the volunteer efforts when founding IMS and Games.

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Traditionally, it  is now the  time and place to thank my parents; my mother Anette Møller, a nurse’s aide, and my father Erling Møller, a school teacher, for my birth in August 1957. And my son Lynge 🙂

I graduated from the Danish School of Journalism in 1989 after four years of study, including 1½ years at the local newspaper Lemvig Folkeblad.

Since then, I have worked as a freelance journalist at a press bureau, with my own company Tekst&Vision Ltd. and now for some years in Filmbyen, Aarhus.

…and right now, while writing these lines (back in 2008), I am sitting with my legs on the table, the computer in my lap, listening to Aimee Mann in the living room in an apartment in Graven 8, formerly a hippie community, now with valuable equities, while I wait for my 17-year-old son to come back from the movies.

Anyway, I once heard an old saying in a Kung-Fu movie: “The bullcart is slow, but the earth has great patience”.  I hope you also have … 🙂

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…but what is he actually he doing? – a naked track record

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

Updated March, 2018

Learn to learn, presentation at Dox:World Film School, Aarhus

Project Development: The John Cleese Humor Festival 2018 – with John Cleese Society of Århus & Omegn

Coaching the mentors in goal and evaluation, SPUC, Helsingør

Writing articles and editing the union newsletter of UddannelsesLederne

Project Development: Experiential Distance Learning, with GAMES, MAJaC and Institute for Experiential Learning, Cleveland, USA

Documentation Course in 3 modules for Dept. “Adults with special needs”, Albertslund

Project Development: Kick-off “Media Academy for Communication and Journalism” (MAJaC), The Gambia

Course in setting goals in 3 modules for VISO, Socialstyrelsen

Developing a union newsletter and website for UddannelsesLederne

Documentation Course in 3 modules for Taleinstituttet/Hjerneskadecenter Nordjylland, Aalborg

Updated December, 2017

Facilitator of the Communication Network of Erhverv Norddanmark

Certification in Experiential Learning, level 1, from Institute for Experiential Learning, Cleveland, USA

Writing articles and editing the union newsletter of Frie Skolers Ledere

Development of formats and manuals for Taleinstituttet/Hjerneskadecenter Nordjylland, Aalborg

Course in effective communication, Comm. Dept. at Kolding Fjernvarme

Public presentation in setting goals, SPUC, Helsingør

Course in setting and evaluating goals, Line & Birthe Mariehjem, Hedehusene

Mission to The Gambia for a joint project: GAMES, MFWA & IMS/GPU & The Ministry of Information

Course in public participation and conflict management, Jobcentret, Lemvig

Teambuilding of staff and management, Familiehuset, Frederikshavn

Training of trainers, project development in The Gambia for GAMES

Meeting David Kolb, Institute for Experiential Learning, Cleveland, USA

Humor in media, lecture at International Society of Humor Studies, Montreal, Canada

Teambuilding of staff and management, Juvelhuset, Herlev

Writing articles and editing the union newsletter of Frie Skolers Ledere

Updated May, 2017

Mission to The Gambia for a joint project: GAMES, MFWA & IMS/GPU & The Ministry of Information

4 modules of Training of trainers in documentation, SHC, Høje-Taastrup

Course in public speaking, FLG/Danish Union of Journalists

Mission to The Gambia: Building Capacity for Advocacy, GPU/GAMES

Course in documentation for Myndighed & SHC, Høje-Taastrup

Course in public speaking, 3Kløveren, Region H

Project Development, “Building the capacities of a GPU in transition”, The Gambia

Course in reflection, Line & Birthe Marie-hjemmet, Hedehusene

Trainers of trainers in journalism, Media Academy Iraq, MiCT

Training TV Reporting, Mini Buzz/Made In Uganda TV

3 modules of Training super users/documentors, Socialpsykiatrien, Herlev

Reporting trip to Virgin Islands/Dansk Vestindien

Course in documentation for Myndighed, Thisted

4 modules course in documentation, Myndighed, Aalborg

13 courses of 5 modules of Training super users/documentors, Voksenhandicap, Aalborg

3 modules course in documentation, Socialpsykiatrien & Myndighed, Hillerød

3 modules course in documentation, Hanne Marie-hjemmet, Roskilde


Moderating interview with Kirsten Birgit, Rasmus & Den korte radioavis, Aarhus Festuge

Learn to teach, 2 days course in pedagogy – KommunikerBedre.dk

Humor in public presentation, International Society of Humor Studies, Dublin

4 modules course in documentation, Bøgelund, Jelling

Workshop: Humor on the job, Ergoterapeutforeningen

4 modules course in documentation, Caroline Marie-hjemmet, København

Training of Mentors for Investigative Journalism, Tunisia, Free Press Unlimited

2 modules course in documentation for Myndighed, Varde

7 courses of 3 modules in documentation, Gladsaxe

Course in documentation, SHC, Høje-Taastrup

Public presentation: Roots – when the ancestors have a say, AOF Ringsted

Workshop for managers, Gladsaxe

3 modules of Training super users/documentors, Samstyrken, Varde

3 modules course in documentation, Selma Marie-hjemmet, Slangerup

Updated February 2016

Training super users/documentors, SHC, Høje-Taastrup

Course in documentation, Line Marie-hjemmet, Slangerup

Writing brochures and leaflets school managers’ union, Frie Skolers Ledere

Course in documentation, Birthe Marie-hjemmet, Hedehusene

Course in documentation, Væksthuset, Thyregod

Course in documentation, Kammergave, Sorø

Training super users/documentors, SHC, Høje-Taastrup

Five days course in documentation, SHC, Høje-Taastrup

How to use humor in museums’ exhibitions, Djurslands Museer, Randers

Six days road show in writing objectives, DHUV, Socialstyrelsen

Two days course in reflection and documentation, BHC, Aalborg

Four days course in documentation, SHC, Høje-Taastrup

Two days course for super users/documentors, BHC, Aalborg

Eight days course in documentation, SHC, Høje-Taastrup

Writing web news and newsletter, Frie Skolers Ledere

Coordinator of Gambia Communicates, GAMES, DJ Kommunikation, GPU and TANGO

Training course in journalism research, GPU School of Journalism, Gambia

Managing documentation, in-house training, SHC, Høje-Taastrup

Coaching editors – Bryggen, Copenhagen

Effective writing for engineers, IDA, Copenhagen

How to use humor in social work – KUA-C, Aarhus

Training course in journalism research, GPU School of Journalism, Gambia

Article about how to start a school, Frie Skolers Ledere

Humor and communication, workshop, FU, Esbjerg

Humor, Monty Python and communication, workshop, FU, Odense

Four days course in documentation, BHC, Aalborg

Covering a congress for private school managers, Frie Skolers Ledere

Training in Jordan: Coaching Investigative Journalism students at Iraqi universities, UNDP

Updated March, 2015

Workshop in documentation for managers, Sølund, Skanderborg

Public presentation on Humor makes life lighter, Torup Kirke

Article about tools for school management, Frie Skolers Ledere

Workshop in documentation for managers, Sølund, Skanderborg

Four days course in documentation, BHC

Public presentation on genealogical story writing, Bjerringbro

Four days course in documentation, BHC, Aalborg

Article about work environment for managers, Frie Skolers Ledere

Two days workshop in documentation for managers, Sølund, Skanderborg

How to manage documentation development, BHC

Humor and communication, workshop, FU, Herning

Updated January, 2015

Coordinator of Gambia Communicates, GAMES, DJ Kommunikation, GPU and TANGO

Article about a post-graduate management, Frie Skolers Ledere

Writing documentation, in-house training, CFBB in Vejle

Training in Jordan: How to teach Investigative Journalism at Iraqi universities, UNDP

Effective documentation, workshop at Nødebogård Behandlingshjem, Fredensborg

Feedback on VRAP, a documentation strategy, Aalborg’s social services department

Workshop in writing for web, Frie Skolers Ledere

Humor as social capital, workshop, Aarhus’ social services department

Communication and web-strategy Development, Frie Skolers Ledere

Information leaflet to pre-school parents, Læssøes Gades Skole, Aarhus

Journalism training, Professional Diploma, GPU School of Journalism, Gambia

Writing documentation, in-house training, Give/Center Vejle

Curriculum development for in-house election training in Tunisia, Update and IMS

Use the right side of the brain in your research, public presentation, Thisted

Curriculum development for Investigative Journalism at Iraqi universities, UNDP

How to journalize and document, course at The Social Academy, Aarhus

Exam and Graduation at the Media Innovateur Program in Tunisia, Update and IMS

Writing documentation, in-house training, Center Vejle

Updated July, 2014

Conference, International Society for Humour Studies, Utrecht, Holland

Training at the Media Innovateur Program in Tunisia, Update and IMS

How to write stories about history, course, Update

How to use sources in stories about history, seminar, Update

Study assessing Safety Training for Reporters, IMS

Writing documentation, in-house training, the institution Mette Marie, Copenhagen

Use the right side of the brain in your research, public presentation, Aars

Reporting for change, public presentation, FU, Lemvig

Training at the Media Innovateur Program in Tunisia, Update and IMS

Writing documentation, in-house training, the institution Spurvetoften, Vejle Kommune

Training at the Media Innovateur Program in Tunisia, Update and IMS

Writing stories about history, public presentation, The Freelance Group of the Danish Union of journalists

Updated February, 2014

Humor and communication, workshop, FU, Herning

Writing documentation, in-house training, the institution De 2 Gårde, Vejle Kommune

Gambia, Project Development, the GPU School of Journalism – Games

Writing documentation, in-house training, the institution Bredballe Bofællesskaber, Vejle Kommune

Research in Kenya on Safety Training for Reporters, IMS

Writing documentation, in-house training, the institution Mette Marie, Copenhagen

Management and Documentation, training program, Vejle Kommune

Humor and journalism, public presentation, Danish Union of journalists

Launching of Media Innovateur Program in Tunisia, Update and IMS

Seminar on strategy, visions and methods at the institution Åse Marie, Køge

Workshop on humor, Dalgas Skolen for mentally handicapped

Workshop on writing, Esbjerg Youth Conference

Designing a Media Innovateur Training Program in Tunisia, Update and IMS

Updated October, 2013

Humor and communication, public presentation, FU, Kolding

Learn from the crime novel, journalism seminar – Update

Communication workshop, Ghana Friendship Groups in Denmark, Ry

Idea development, presentation at Multiplatform Storytelling and Production, Aarhus

Development of documentation strategies for managers, Vejle Kommune

Writing a website for the institution, Postens Vej, Vejle

Coaching a community workshop initiative in Zambia

Preparing a media development project in Tunisia, Update and IMS

Humor and communication, public presentation, FU, Aarhus

Use the right side of the brain in your research, public presentation, Herning

Humor and communication, public presentation, Region Midt and Viborg Kommune

Coaching a study on self-help groups, Randers

Organizing International Humor Festival, Aarhus and Aalborg, Images

Consultant on strategy development at the institution Åse Marie, Køge

In-house training at the Tunisian weekly Akher Khabar, Update and IMS

In-house training at the Tunisian daily La Presse, Update and IMS

Development of professional documentation, Skansebakken, Vejle

Vietnam, Training of trainers – FOJO

Writing documentation, in-house training, the institution Lunden, Region H, Copenhagen

Humor and communication, public presentation, FU, Aarhus

Gambia, training at the GPU School of Journalism – Games

Humor and communication, public presentation, State and University Library, Aarhus

Humor and communication, public presentation, FU, Odense

In-house training at the Tunisian weekly Akher Khabar, Update and IMS

In-house training at the Tunisian daily La Presse, Update and IMS

Effective documentation, presentation at Bosted Systems, Odense

Updated March 2013

Effective documentation, in-house training, Skansebakken, Vejle

Fact finding mission, preparing training in Tunisia, Update and IMS

Kalashnikov, idea development for freelance journalists, DJ

Humor and communication, public presentation, FU, Copenhagen

Development of professional documentation, Skansebakken, Vejle

Gambia, workshop, training of trainers – Games

Mini Future Workshop at Culture and Capital, Fundraiseren.dk

Humor and communication, public presentation, Aarhus University

Mini Future Workshop, Dept. of Aesthetics and Communication, Aarhus Uni.

Documentation and pedagogical targets, course,  Skibbyhøj, Region H

Learn to teach, course in pedagogy – Update

Teaching narrative models for profiles, Update

Supervisor on a diploma class thesis, Update

Developing the website www.KommunikerBedre.dk

Mentor for a self-employed communication trainer, Aarhus

Communicate Better, course, Den Sociale Virksomhed, Region H

PR Consultant for ISCI, Iceland

Use the right side of the brain in your research, public presentation, Holstebro

Iraq, training of trainers, investigative journalism – IMS

Make history come alive, public presentation, Aalborg

Study trip to Denmark on self-regulation and mid-career training – GAMES

Use the right side of the brain in your research, public presentation, Aalborg

Improve your teaching, in-house training for teachers The Danish Media School 

Iraq, training of trainers, investigative journalism  IMS

Gambia, workshop, training of trainers – Games

Iraq, project development IMS

Portrait writing, course, Update

Humour and communication, course, Update

Writing for magazines, course,O-bladet

Kalashnikov, idea development for freelance journalists, DJ

Effective writing diagnosis and plan, in-house training, Region H

Writing Journalism, diploma education, Update

Vietnam, Training of trainers – FOJO

Learn from the crime novel, seminar and course Shots  Update

Kalashnikov, idea development for freelance journalists  DJ

Effective writing diagnosis and plan, in-house training  Solvang, Region H

Seminar on the Nordic media and right wing radicalism  Update

Gambia, workshop, training of trainers GAMES

 Updated February 2012

Use the right side of the brain in your research, public presentation, Randers
Gambia, workshop, training of trainers GAMES

Write well, in-house training, Infomedia

Lithuania – Training of trainers, FOJO

Idea development, Fyens Stiftstidene

Write well, in-house training, Infomedia

Gambia, project development for a media institute – GAMES

Gambia – magazine articles for e.g. Folkeskolen and Frie Skoler

Gambia, workshop, training of trainers – GAMES

Take the word!  course in public speaking and presentation  Update

Learn to teach, course in pedagogy – Update

Updated November 2011

Working with pedagogical objectives, in-house training – Bostedet Klintegården, Region H.

New book: ”Oprør fra hjertet” (Rebellion from the heart)

Coaching  agricultural journalists – Dansk Landbrugs Medier

Coaching Sønderborg Secretariat for European Capital of Culture 2017

Write journalistically, six weeks diploma course – Update

Course i pedagogy, Minsk University, Belarus – FOJO

Reportage in the interview – Update

Pedagogy, in-house training for teachers – Designhøjskolen 

Talk on  legitimacy in  GAMES – CISU

Portrait of a union man, article – Frie Skoler

Public presentation, A tribute to my ancestors, Thy

Study trip for Vietname journalists  FOJO, Sweden

Humour in ICT,  seminar IT Relation

Pedagogy, in-hourse training for teachers – Langagerskolen 

Portrait of a secretariat leader – Frie Skoler

Global freelancer – presentation at  Jysk Fagfestival

Updated May 2011

Pedagogical seminar for Update teachers

Media activism – workshop for Nordic freelance journalists

Talk on humour and development – Langagerskolen

Learn to teach, course in pedagogy –Update

In the worksholp of the humourist, course  Update

Writing journalism, diploma course  Update

Writer’s course in three modules, Region H. Psychiatry

Vietnam, Training of trainers,  FOJO and Media Training Centre Hanoi

In the workshop of the humourist, Public University Herning

Writer’s course in three modules, bostedet Klintegården, Region H

In the workshop of the humourist, Public University Herning

Seminar in pedagogy, in-house training, Langagerskolen

Pedagogical  seminar for Update teachers

Articles about secretaries in Svalbard, HK Public servants

In the workshop of the humourist, courses at the Public Universities in Aalborg and Esbjerg

Articles about sled dog handlers in Svalbard, Frie Skoler, Fyns Stiftstidende, Vi med hund

Learn to teach, course in pedagogy

Reportage trip to  Svalbard

The Portrait School, Update

In the workshop of the humourist, course at the Public University in Odense

Write short and well, DSB

Interview-event  with  John Cleese, John Cleese Society of Aarhus & Omegn

Course in journalism for the unemployed, Update

PR for John Cleese’s Denmark tour

Article about Aarhus Festival Week,  magazine Jord og viden

Course in  pedagogy, Update

Articles about the British union Unite, magazine Substans

New book: Turen går til mentor-land (On the road to mentr-land)

In the worksholp of the humourist, seminar, Public University

Learn to teach, course in pedagogy

Received  Danish Union of Journalists annual prize 2010, Carsten Nielsen Legatet

Gambia: Trainer at  media project

Portrait School – course at Update in two modules

Reportage for the visual – course at Update

PR for Læssøesgades School

Articles about  cooperative learning, Frie Skoler

Humour for SOSU teachers – conference opening

Take the word – workshop at freelance seminar

Structure your  film – lecture, Filmbyen

angling on TV – lecture, SDU

In the workshop of the humourist, Update, writer’s course

Portrait: Madsen and power, Frie Skoler

Articles about   integration of Danes in Argentina for many magazines: Kommunen, Spejlet, Kødkvæg, Hesten, Jord og Viden, Buzz, Road Life, Substans, Fagbladet TIB, Dansk Veterinærtidsskrift, Ejendomsmægleren…

Updated January 2010

Reportage trip to Argentina

Workshop in travel journalism, Danish School of Journalism

Gambia: Consultant for media project

Article about flying in balloons, Børsen

Sudan, Khartoum: Training in election coverage

Articles abpout climate solutions for  Natur & Miljø

In the owrkshop of the humourist, seminar, Public University

Learn to teach, course in pedagogy

Presentation about genealogy, Haslev

South Sudan: Training in election coverage

PR, school committee, Læssøesgades School

Write better course, Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation

Write better course, Syddjurs Commune

Articles, among others,  Dansk Handelsblad, Frie Skoler

In-house writer’s course, Energi Midt

Campaign about the imprisonment of Gambian colleagues

Article about Denmark’s Ugliest Festival for Børsen Weeksend

Coaching of reporters in angling and sales

Articles about flying in balloons for Finansbladet

Coaching of mentors handbook

Articles about informing, Frie Skoler

Latvia, media workshop for WHO

Articles about  project work, Folkeskolen

Gambia, volunteer consultant for Games

Travelling reporter, Presentation, Esbjerg Højskole

Training of trainers for IMS, International Media Support

Learn to teach, course in pedagogy

Humour as a tool, seminar

In the workshop of the humourist, writer’s course

Write better course for case workers

Make history come alive, workshop, Folkeuniversitetet

Write trainee declarations, course for Region Midt

Yemen, workshop in pædagogy for professors

Language policy, consultant, Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation

Yemen, Course in web journalism

Articles about  integration in Nørrebro schools

Updated  January 2009

Reportage trip tol Argentina, articles

Travel course for travelling  reporters

Learn to teach, course in pedagogy

Write better  course for case workers

Writer’s  course for Høje-Taastrup Commune

Reportage course in Anholt

Presentation about my ancestors, Vejle

John Cleese Festival 2008, producer

Article about  pedagogical quality in  Australia’s elementary schools

PR and Communication

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

For a good journalist professional communication is a matter of finding the right angle. An angle is a claim that the receiver demands justification for! Bingo.

Basically, PR and communication is an interesting interaction between a sender, a subject matter and a receiver.

It begins with the preparations: What do you want to achieve? Get to the point! And who do you want to reach? Define the objective and the target group.

The next step is the challenge of finding the exact claims on the matter which can catch the interest of the receivers to the extent that they demand more information on your website. This is what finding an angle is all about:  creating interaction in a one-way communication.

I am the King of Angling, and I am wild about development. Therefore I can without bragging say: My press releases are used as articles in  newspapers and for TV and radio reports.

I have done PR and Communication for DanChurch Aid, ActionAid Denmark, World Bank, Scandinavian Medical Society of Paraplegia, Aarhus Business School, VIA University College Horsens and many, many more.

Ads and commercials I don’t know much about. And I am not a big believer in them, either. My advice will often be: Save the money, also those to the advertisement companies.

Please note, that I don’t do PR for anyone or anything. It has to make some sense for me, and even more important, it must not do any harm.

It is better to be pro-active end reactionary. When communication consultants offer damage control, it is because the change is occurring too late. I don’t mind damage control, but for me the aim is not to cover up but rather to correct an error and gain time for changes. Better late than never! And I will never say never again.

Disclaimer: There are limits for what I want to be part of. If a client has something to hide, it is better to find another consultant, or even better a lawyer. I don’t want to sound sanctimonious, but if the consideration to the public’s ”right to know” has more weight that the consideration to the client, then I go with the public.


Activist and Change Maker

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

I am a change maker. I can’t help starting new things.

Entrepreneurship is fun and creative. I often  tell myself that what I do  is important. Professionally I arrange conferences, networking, study tours and even events – making real events for the sake of an idea, not media stunts.

Activist. When the projects get too big to handle for a single man and his friends, I form an organization,  for example:

International Media Support. By far the greatest project I have run up is the media organisation IMS. It all began with a reporting assignment to war-torn ex-Yugoslavia during the wars in the 1990s. Persecuted colleagues asked for help, while other colleagues actively forged the conflict with nationalistic propaganda. The international society helplessly watched it happen. We had to do something! The world needed an international aid organisation that could support such media in conflict. Back home I started advocating for the organization and after some years it was a reality. Today IMS is one of the biggest players in the world of international media organisations – and I am still on the board. See more at www.i-m-s.dk.

Games (Gambia Media Support). Some years later I started Games, a small but very active NGO of volunteer media practitioners supporting colleagues in The Gambia. The idea was conceived during one of many professional travels to the tiny West African country. Every year I came, a new president of Gambia Press Union asked if I could do something to assist them. And when Deyda Hydara was shot, I had to do something. The country is not only the smallest in Africa; it is also one of  the poorest and is left behind by most development organizations. Here it was actually possible to make a difference, even for a small colleague2colleague organization. See more at www.GambiaMediaSupport.org. Watch the film “The Gambian Danish Connection” here:

And see more films on Games’ work in The Gambia here.

John Cleese Society of Aarhus & Omegn. This is the funniest. It is a totally meaningless organization, which never the less organized two gigantic John Cleese Festivals in Aarhus – with participation from the man himself. Otherwise the society is notorious for not conducting any meetings whatsoever.

Our mission is to send up a hot air balloon portraying the head of John Cleese; it will glide over the cities and the lands, leaving all looking up with a smile on their faces. So there’s the meaning: a good deed and a smile. Mind you, most smiles start with a smile. So far we have collected more than 10.000 Euro for the purpose, so we are on the way, but please help us, we need  100.000 more. I am the general inspector of the society and the fundraising Head of Office for Other People’s Money.  See more at www.Cleese.dk.

Trainer and Consultant

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

I like to train. It is usually fun. I also like to develop curricula and design training courses. I am  actually somewhat of a  course “smith” in journalism, communication and pedagogy, in Denmark and abroad.

Training menu. As a trainer I offer training of trainers, pedagogical supervision, curriculum development, course planning, open education and distance learning, communication courses and journalism training  in everything from investigative reporting to feature writing to editorial writing.  **) Please find a menu of possible courses below.

Catalyst. I enjoy training and coaching because of the close contact with those who learn. I can sense if I make a difference. Sometimes I can even see when a Eureka  moment transforms a student or participant. It is as if the student has found the missing piece of the jigsaw puzzle. However, the real changes appear only after a period of time. It is a privilege to be the catalyst for such changes.

Roof training in Nepal. Photo: Lynge A. Møller

Change. If training doesn’t lead to the desired change, it doesn’t matter. Indifferent training and teaching may at best be entertaining. At worst  it leaves the participants disappointed and disillusioned. The same goes for coaching, I suppose.

Objectives.  There is no such thing as a free ride. We agree to identify the objectives from the very beginning, whether they concenr knowledge, skills or awareness. With clear objectives we can easily evaluate if we reach them. If not, you get a refund!*)

*)and here is the note on course contract and responsibility for own learning.

Methods. There is no shortage of buzzwords: Learning styles, participatory training, hands-on approach, cooperative learning, action-reflection-learning – all this is just me! My philosophical and practical point of departure is David Kolb’s Learning Cycle and the theory of the four coherent learning styles: The Activist, The Reflector, The Theorist and The Pragmatist.

Continuous learning. We know how it is: You participate in a course, learn a lot, and get back to the office only to realize that you are not implementing the newly learned material in your work. Either because the routines do not allow it, or it is hard to implement the new ways. To me, the follow-up is just as important as the course itself. Reflections and personal plans are an integrated part of any of my training courses.

As a journalism trainer, I teach at media houses and universities all over the world, in particular I am external lecturer and curriculum developer at the Danish School of Media and Journalism.

As a communication trainer, I teach staff in public offices, private companies and NGOs. I conduct courses in specielized communication for special clients  such as hospitals, ministries and banks.

Consultant

In-house training is naturally combined with management consultancy. I see the course as just one step in the course of the development that the media house wants to achieve. The steps before and after are usually more important.

However, I have often seen media managers who tend to forget their responsibility as carriers of this development. It is rarely enough to give the staff a course; the office structures and work routines must be reformed coherently. In addition, the managers must nurse their employees’ continuous learning and development after the training  with praise, challenges and sanctions.

I prefer to work on two levels as a trainer and coach for the staff and a consultant for the management,– with courses and coaching tailored to structural development.

As a member of the Peace and Stabilisation Response (FSB), I have undertaken relevant training courses e.g. Security in the Field and Conflict management as well as  Logical Framework Approach. On behalf of the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs FSB  contributes to peace and stability in hotspots and fragile states.

My key qualifications include:  Project development and management; fact finding – description and analysis; organisation – initiation and development; coaching and editorial consulting; communication – PR, information and campaigns; cross cultural cooperation and communication; operating in conflict zones and fragile entities.

Internationally, I have worked as a consultant and trainer for a great number of development organisations, media institutes and universities such as:

  • The Economic Development Institute, World Bank
  • The EU-India Economic Cross Cultural Programme
  • FOJO in Sweden
  • European Journalism Centre in Maastricht, Holland
  • DanChurchAid
  • International Media Support
  • Nepal Press Institute
  • Press Institute of Mongolia
  • Uganda School of Media and Journalism
  • Vietnam Media Training Centre
  • Cambodia Communication Institute
  • a number of Balkan media institutes
  • School of Communication at Universiti Sains Malaysia
  • University of Aden and Mass Communication Institute in Sana’a, Yemen
  • a number of universities in India
  • University of Minsk, Belarus
  • Faculty for Communication and Information, Utrecht, Holland

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Menu for training courses in media, journalism and communication

  • News writing
  • Proactive journalism
  • Electoral reporting
  • Investigative journalism
  • Editorial writing
  • Background journalism
  • News analysis
  • Reportage
  • Portraits
  • Feature writing
  • Narrative journalism
  • Journalistic language
  • Research
  • Interview
  • Conflict sensitive reporting
  • PR and communication
  • Idea development and creative thinking
  • Coaching and mentoring
  • Pedagogy and public speaking
  • Training of trainers in all of the above

In addition I run basic training on different beats og subject areas, e.g. environmental journalism, court reporting, business reporting.

Reporter and Writer

Monday, June 21st, 2010

As a reporter I mainly work for print and on-line media. However, on rare occasions I have done radio and TV documentaries.

Much of my reporting has been on democracy building in  developing countries. Otherwise, I have reported  environment, innovation,  social problems, integration, education and learning. It has been a learning process for me personally throughout.

I mostly write in Danish, my mother tongue.  A few pieces have been translated into English. One of them is the prize winning feature “Follow your own ideas” (The European “YEER Journalist Award” 1997 from  the German Jugend Forscht and Deutsche Bank).

Professionally I am member of

  • Games, Gambia Media Support, chairman
  • International Media Support, IMS, board member
  • Danish Investigative Reporters, FUJ (Foreningen for Undersøgende Journalister)
  • The Danish Union of Journalists, Freelance Group
  • Nairobiklubben (association of development Danish communicators)

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Books and more

Together with  my American colleague Jack Jackson I wrote the handbook  “Journalistic legwork that tumbled a president – A case study and guide for investigative journalists on how Filipino journalists uncovered the corruption of President Joseph Estrada, published by World Bank’s Economic Development Institute, 2001.

I have published  two collections of articles on human rights in Kenya and impunity in Guatemala. I also did a TV documentary on grass root democracy in Uganda.

A new book is “Oprør fra hjertet” – Rebellion from the Heart – an interview book with bishop Kjeld Holm og professor Steen Hildebrandt – about faiths, hope and action. Buy it here:  www.turbine.dk/shop/

Did a book on mentorship – ”Turen går til mentor-land – guidebog for mentorer og for dem, der får en mentor – together with ph.d. Lars Holmboe (2010). I also teach mentorship.
I wrote 100 Hardic tales from West Jutland – “Man er vel hardbo – 600 års familiekrønike fra Nordvestjylland (2004). They are all about my ancestors – from 1400-1950 – who all came from this part of the country.
Co-author and project leader on an analysis of the mainstream news media’s foreign coverage,  “Verden på tilbud”, Forlaget Ajour 2000.

Looking for change…?

Monday, June 21st, 2010

If you are looking for change, for creativity and fun – preferably all in one – then I bid you welcome to my page.

Basically I am a reporter. A classic reporter, not a reporter “light”.

Change has been the underlying theme throughout my career. Change at home and change abroad. As ridiculous as it may sound, I try to change the world for the better. On my own scale.

For quite some years, development, training and communication have become my main fields of action.

There is always an objective for my activities. To me, the most creative part of a process is to find out where we are heading – and how to get there. The rest is work; not boring work, but implementation.

The challenge is to aim for the best possible solution under the given circumstances. Clear objectives and structures pave the way for creative, sensitive, and humorous processes – whether it is teaching, communicating or developing or, for that matter, producing results.

At other times the process itself becomes the objective, when experimenting is more interesting than the results, or when questioning has more value than answering.

So please, feel free to ask any questions… 🙂