Henrik Cavling - Konstruktion af det journalistiske ideal

Nanna Rævskær Dahl Nielsen & Kicki Thomsen

Student thesis: Termpaper


This paper examines the emergence of Henrik Cavling as a journalistic ideal in various litera-ture regarding his carrier and life. Our interest concerns how this ideal has been constructed and developed since his era and the explanation for this course. Our foundation covers nine works of literature: memoirs, biographies and works on history of the press, which timewise expands over more than eighty years. We analyse how the different authors has created nar-ratives to portray Cavling, how the authors build on each others works and why it is exactly these narratives they choose to accentuate. We come to the acknowledgement, that the Cav-ling-ideal is not constructed solely in the literature – Cavling was already an ideal on his time. The ideal does, however, seem to have been reproduced and maintained in the literature. To some extend the authors seem to build on each other, but we have come to the insight, that the intertextuality is more of an implicit nature, than an explicit one, and that the works of literature must to some degree be based on the authors historical consciousness from the previous works on the topic. We further discuss and find, that the development of the narra-tives is two-pieced: there is a development in the focus of the authors, and at the same time a non-development in the overall meaning of the ideal. Especially during the emergence of the journalistic award, Cavlingprisen, the content of the Cavling-ideal seems to shift. Regardless of content of the ideal, the meaning seems to be constant though, and that is: to produce good and unique journalism.

EducationsHistory, (Bachelor/Graduate Programme) Undergraduate or graduate
Publication date24 May 2013
SupervisorsCarsten Tage Nielsen


  • Journalistik
  • Historiebrug
  • Henrik Cavling
  • Ideal
  • Journalistisk ideal
  • Cavlingpris
  • Presserevolution
  • pressehistorie