Current job position:
Ass. professor, teaching basic journalism, reportage, feature, portrait, narrative journalism, grammar, general language (coordinator)
1981: MA, Aarhus University
1981-99: Teacher, Senior High
1990-94: German studies, German Institute, Aarhus University (Open University)
2000: National Higher Diploma in Journalism
2000-2001: Freelance journalist, visiting lecturer, Danish School of Media and Journalism
2001 - : Ass. professor
2004-2005: Rhetorics studies, Aarhus University
2006: Poynter Summer School, Copenhagen
2009: Writing Seminar with Roy Peter Clark, Copenhagen
2010 -: External censor at Centre for Journalism, University of Southern Denmark
2010: Robert McKee Story Seminar, London
2012: The Poynter Institute (US), Great Story Telling every day
[<A HREF="http://politiken.dk/debat/kroniker/article745670.ece" TARGET="_new">Jeg sætter kommaet, som jeg vil</A>]
Styr kommaet (about punctuation, Ajour 2005)
Skriveredskaber - translation and adaptation of Roy Peter Clark, 50 Writing Tools (Ajour 2008)
Every night when I turned off the light, I left the light on in the hall outside my room. Not because I was afraid of the dark, but because the narrow stripe of light from the hall hit exactly the one thing in the room that I never tired of looking at. My typewriter.
It was an Olivetti. So bright red that it almost glowed in the semi-darkness of the room. From the moment I typed my first word, I knew that I wanted to be a journalist. That I wanted to change the world by means of words.
I wrote every day. Poems, short stories, assignments for school. With two fingers, line by line, enjoying the sharp ring when I got to the end of a line. That ring was like magic in my ears. The magic of story telling.
It was in 1965, and my father had just bought the typewriter for my 12th birthday.
A few years later I realized that changing the world was not that simple. And more importantly: that writing good stories was not simple either.
So I put aside the typewriter for a while and started reading the masters: Henry James, Joseph Conrad, Ernest Hemingway, and of course the great European realists.
Reading took me to university, not to the newsroom, but I resumed writing again, this time with a more humble approach than at the age of twelve.
The red Olivetti gave way for an electric Adler, and later on Apple outranged the Adler. My writing improved. I learned by doing and I learned by example. 34 years after I got my first typewriter I finally found myself at The Danish School of Media And Journalism. At first as a student. Two years later as associate professor.
My task is to teach the students basic journalism, how to write compelling stories and before all to make them feel the pleasure of writing. The masters are still with me, they are my silent sounding board, my toughest critics. And I share them generously with my classes.
- Skype gitteluk