Solutions Journalism: Covering What Works, Without the Fluff
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About This Course
When news looks like an unending stream of what's wrong, what's broken or what's corrupt, audiences complain that the news is nothing but bad news. The solution for this problem may be to focus on not only problems, but also how people are trying to fix them.
The Solutions Journalism Network was founded in 2013 to legitimize and spread the practice of "solutions journalism": rigorous, compelling reporting on responses to problems. SJN works with newsrooms around the country—including the most hardhitting, investigation-focused newsrooms such as the Center for Investigative Reporting and the Seattle Times—to help them do solutions-focused stories and series.
Solutions reporting is a valuable addition to the journalist's repertoire of techniques. These stories are highly engaging to readers and listeners—especially younger ones—and are likely to be shared on social media. Solutions stories can inject valuable information into the public conversation about subjects that might otherwise seem stale or depressing. Knowing that someone else is having success solving a problem that affects your city can create a more constructive, less polarizing public debate and produce real change.
Looking for more training? Take our free course, Solutions Journalism in Every Newsroom, developed in partnership with the Solutions Journalism Network.
This Webinar will give you practical, specific tips for reporting and writing solutions stories, and using them to make your journalism stronger.
What Will I Learn?
- The case for adding solutions reporting to your toolkit
- How to cover solutions using the highest journalistic standards
- What solutions journalism is — and the imposters that are often confused for it
- How to find and vet solutions stories
- How to use solutions journalism to strengthen beat and project reporting
Tina Rosenberg is co-founder of the Solutions Journalism Network and co-writer of the New York Times Fixes column. She has also been an editorial writer at the Times and written numerous stories for the Sunday magazine. She has also written three books. One of them, "The Haunted Land: Facing Europe's Ghosts After Communism," won the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award.
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