Bjarne Schilling was appointed Readers’ Editor at Politiken, Denmark’s largest morning paper, in 2010. The Readers’ Editor acts as the readers’ representative in order to safeguard journalistic principles of transparency and fairness in reporting, dealing with complaints and reviewing editorial performance, thus demonstrating that Politiken genuinely cares about and responds to public concerns about how it is serving its readers.
The Readers’ Editor is also a consultant for the editor-in-chief in matters of journalistic ethics, overseeing the work with improving ethical standards and practices in the newsroom.
Bjarne Schilling was educated at The Danish School of Media and Journalism in Aarhus and has nearly 30 years of journalistic experience from Ritzau’s News Agency and the newspapers Berlingske, Morgenavisen Jyllands-Posten and Politiken in Copenhagen, where he worked as a business reporter when joining the paper in 1996, moving on to positions as News Editor and Editor of the Back Page.
He was elected president of ONO, Organization of News Ombudsmen & Standards Editors at the annual conference in Amsterdam in June 2018.
Since 2007 Bjarne Schilling has been a member of the board of The Politiken Foundation and Politiken Holding A/S, and since 2011 a member of the board of Denmark’s largest newspaper group, JP/Politikens Hus A/S.