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Mundus students help launch regional news site

Online news magazine Jutland Station has launched in Aarhus, providing some competition in the country's west to Denmark's only other English language news website, The Copenhagen Post

2014.04.02 | Hannah Spyksma

Jutland Station Editorial Team

Local news in English is hard to come by in Aarhus, Denmark.

At least that was the case until a group of Mundus Journalism students got together to help launch Jutland Station.

Aimed at putting the city, the region and to some extent the country in an international perspective, Jutland Station is filling a niche news market in the West of Denmark.

“This site is run by an exciting mix of people with journalistic experiences from around the world — including Denmark,” says the site’s editor-in-chief, associate professor Henrik Bødker.

“The editorial board and contributors hopefully mirror readers wishing for a more global perspective of what goes on in the region. We may not be able to make everybody fit in but we will stage informing and engaging encounters.”

While formally existing outside of the Mundus programme, Jutland Station has been created by Bødker and a small team within Aarhus University's centre for university studies in journalism.

It draws its editorial team mainly from journalists on the Mundus course and interested locals.

Bødker says the international eyes provide a unique take on life in Denmark.

Within the sub-editors alone there are seven different nationalities represented, bringing a wealth of multi-cultural perspectives to the reporting table.

The site has six sections covering topics from local elections to start-up business culture in Aarhus to beauty pageants and reports that aim to reveal Danish traditions to the world.

In its current format Jutland Station publishes one in-depth report each day of the working week.

In addition to these news features the site includes a weekly wrap-up of what’s making headlines in the mainstream Danish news.

Bødker says the site, which evolved from a blog called Inside Out that was created by students from the Mundus 2012-2014 cohort, offers a unique opportunity for keen journalists to do hands-on reporting while living in Aarhus.

“From the start this is a project that has really been driven by the energy of students.

“As well as filling a much needed news gap in the region it is a way for the Mundus students to really engage with their surroundings and to complement more theoretical studies with practical journalism experience.”

Visit www.jutlandstation.dk to watch the site grow.

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