Solutions Journalism Network

Solutions Journalism Network Our mission is to legitimize and spread the practice of solutions journalism: rigorous and compelling reporting about responses to social problems.

Follow our page to get the news through the lens of solutions journalism.

“Mainstreaming news narratives that focus on solutions allows for disenfranchised communities to be reframed in a powerf...
10/11/2021
Ambika Samarthya-Howard joins Solutions Journalism Network as director of communications

“Mainstreaming news narratives that focus on solutions allows for disenfranchised communities to be reframed in a powerful light. Rather than being framed as ‘the cause’ of the problem, local populations become the source of the right-fit and best-fit solutions.”

We're delighted to welcome Ambika Samarthya-Howard as our new (and first!) director of communications.

Samarthya-Howard’s extensive communications experience will inform this critical new role

10/08/2021

We were planning to go Live on here with Judy Watson and Wil Cruz of the Newmark Graduate School of Journalism about how they're integrating solutions reporting into their classes and student projects, but... it seems like SOME of FB still isn't working.

If you tried to tune in, we're sorry. But we're recording and will post ASAP! #streamlife #virtualheadaches

When six Fordham students set out to interview Bronx residents about surviving the pandemic, they expected tales of woe....
10/03/2021
Event: Overcoming adversity: How the pandemic revealed resilience

When six Fordham students set out to interview Bronx residents about surviving the pandemic, they expected tales of woe. Instead, they found resilience. Hear the voices of the Bronx COVID-19 Oral History Project in a The Christian Science Monitor webinar featuring the project's founder and Monitor solutions writer Harry Bruinius on October 5. Register here:

“We must write about the dangers, but if we don't help people to find a solution – a path to know how they can engage in...
10/02/2021
Lessons from Brazil on how to better cover the environment and the climate crisis

“We must write about the dangers, but if we don't help people to find a solution – a path to know how they can engage in a positive way – we only sow despair, and despair leads to denial.”

In February this year, secretary-general of the United Nations António Guterres said that climate disruption, pollution, and accelerated loss of biodiversity were the critical elements that make up what he called the “defining issue of our time".

"Circular economies" are springing up to fight toxic electronic waste and save people money, building community while he...
09/26/2021
THE REPAIRERS How Europeans Are Fighting e-Waste through Circular Economy Initiatives

"Circular economies" are springing up to fight toxic electronic waste and save people money, building community while helping the environment.

Outriders explores how they work and the impact they're having, complete with gorgeous illustrations. A #mustread:

With more than 12 million tons of broken equipment yearly, Europe ranks second only behind Asia in terms of electronic waste (e-waste). Circular economy initiatives across Europe aim to reduce emissions linked to consumption.

“We’re talking about a shift from a pure watchdog role to a guide dog. In addition to uncovering what’s wrong, we also u...
09/15/2021
From ‘watchdog’ to ‘guide dog’: How Covering Climate Collaborative engages audiences with solutions reporting - Local Media Association + Local Media Foundation

“We’re talking about a shift from a pure watchdog role to a guide dog. In addition to uncovering what’s wrong, we also uncover potential responses, ways we can act to change what’s wrong. … When we do that, we shift the way people engage with news and we heighten accountability. When we introduce solutions, we are proving that problems can be solved.”

A major, nationwide collaboration is turning journalism's lens away from climate catastrophe and toward climate responses:

It’s been a bad-news summer for climate change. From the “code red for humanity” headline from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report to a summer filled with heat waves, drought, wildfires, hurricanes, and flooding, the effects of climate change are here, now and local. But resea...

We're looking for a part-time operations assistant for our Local Media Project. You should be organized, enthusiastic, a...
09/14/2021

We're looking for a part-time operations assistant for our Local Media Project. You should be organized, enthusiastic, and have a love for journalism even if you don't work in the industry. And for this job, you *don't* need journalism experience. As long as you can help us keep our local journalism collaboratives on track, we want to hear from you!

All the details and the application are here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSedOwRNEl6OTVWGSCezpYqoKFf28IbiIC18YTdmq9Htz71AkQ/viewform

We're looking for a part-time operations assistant for our Local Media Project. You should be organized, enthusiastic, and have a love for journalism even if you don't work in the industry. And for this job, you *don't* need journalism experience. As long as you can help us keep our local journalism collaboratives on track, we want to hear from you!

All the details and the application are here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSedOwRNEl6OTVWGSCezpYqoKFf28IbiIC18YTdmq9Htz71AkQ/viewform

“The power of the series is in its focus on solutions — that all communities can learn from — at a time when the challen...
09/12/2021
Back to Class: How schools can rebound

“The power of the series is in its focus on solutions — that all communities can learn from — at a time when the challenges seem so overwhelming and daunting. We wanted to look at some of the steepest challenges facing schools during this most challenging of returns and highlight a range of promising practices for school districts — and even families — to consider.”

Six newsrooms across the U.S. collaborated to help you and your family get back to school. Safely.

In an innovative series, six newsrooms from across the country highlight promising ways to address the challenges of this unique moment

“During the downturn, people turned to worker cooperatives. It’s typical of what people do when their government is unab...
09/08/2021
Be your own boss: Inside 6 co-op businesses returning power to their workers

“During the downturn, people turned to worker cooperatives. It’s typical of what people do when their government is unable to meet the moment.”

Co-ops had lots of success keeping workers safe and stable during the pandemic. Now, that success is helping groups often at the bottom of the traditional economy envision different ways of working and living. Mother Jones and Economic Hardship Reporting Project dug into it in an absolutely epic project we are proud to support:

"I want to make the company work for me."

"The Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie says that there is humility and humanity in accepting that there are thing...
09/01/2021
How ‘Understanding Africa’ starts with telling the whole story

"The Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie says that there is humility and humanity in accepting that there are things we simply do not know. If there is any group that understands the possibility that multiple realities can exist and we do not know it all, it is journalists.

We do, then, have a responsibility to share this knowledge, to use our experience to catalyze uncomfortable conversations. We have a responsibility to share what we know about solutions journalism and the whole story. Most of all, we have a responsibility to share the transformative realization that many different perspectives can be true."

By Caleb Okereke

As parents face anxiety and uncertainty during the most unpredictable school year in memory, six newsrooms collaborated ...
09/01/2021
Back to Class: How schools can rebound

As parents face anxiety and uncertainty during the most unpredictable school year in memory, six newsrooms collaborated to explore what's working to keep kids safe and learning.

This is news every parent can use:

In an innovative series, six newsrooms from across the country highlight promising ways to address the challenges of this unique moment

The common discussion around vaccine that a large percentage of people don't want to be vaccinated is... well... wrong. ...
08/30/2021
Faith-Based Vaccine Outreach Underway to Reach Northern Nevada Latinos

The common discussion around vaccine that a large percentage of people don't want to be vaccinated is... well... wrong.

Lots of people do. But it's not always easy. @KUNR Public Radio explored how a university helped vaccinate nearly 700 people in one day - many of whom are Latino and Catholic.

Lee en español. As COVID-19 vaccinations in Northern Nevada plateau , community leaders are trying a different approach. Local public health and medical

Social prescribing is an approach to health largely forgoing pills in favor of social relationships and life fulfillment...
08/27/2021
A radical plan to treat Covid’s mental health fallout

Social prescribing is an approach to health largely forgoing pills in favor of social relationships and life fulfillment.

Backed by years of research, social prescribing has shown immense promise to change lives. Now, England's National Health Service is making an historic investment in it, hoping a radical new approach can address pandemic-era mental health chaos and an overstretched healthcare system. Our own Julia Hotz takes a compassionate, holistic look:

The NHS is trialling a new approach to tackling physical and mental health issues: ask what really matters

Climate journalist Kendra Pierre-Louis wrote something inspiring about climate change, journalism and you
08/17/2021

Climate journalist Kendra Pierre-Louis wrote something inspiring about climate change, journalism and you

Now is not the time for hopelessness. It is the time for change. But people cannot change when all they know is trouble ...
08/14/2021

Now is not the time for hopelessness. It is the time for change. But people cannot change when all they know is trouble and panic.

Journalism must not only cover the scope and urgency of the problems but also the creativity and effectiveness of how people are responding to those problems. That's what we train and support journalists to do. That's one thing of many the industry can do to rebuild.

If you're a journalist, get trained in solutions journalism or encourage others to. If you're not, advocate for it at news outlets you respect and trust. Society can not find a way forward tucked into paragraph 25 of the story. It's time how people are fixing our messes becomes the story itself.

https://www.solutionsjournalism.org/

The Mesoamerican Reef, like many other natural ecosystems, holds benefits for the economy, the climate and life in the a...
08/12/2021
On the Mesoamerican Reef, a model for insuring nature’s future

The Mesoamerican Reef, like many other natural ecosystems, holds benefits for the economy, the climate and life in the area around it. But it's unique in one way: It's the world's only natural formation with an insurance policy. A gorgeous, informative and hopeful story from Struggles From Below:

A 100-mile stretch of coral reef off Mexico’s Caribbean coast is now insured just like any other valuable asset. Is this the future of conservation?

We are hiring! We're looking for a journalist with communications experience or a communications pro ready to help chang...
08/10/2021
Solutions Journalism Network

We are hiring!

We're looking for a journalist with communications experience or a communications pro ready to help change the narrative of journalism itself. If you know someone who'd make a great fit - or maybe YOU'RE the great fit - all the details are at the link.

Solutions Journalism Network: We train and connect journalists to cover what’s missing in today’s news: how people are responding to problems.

LGBTQ history in the U.S. was mapped decades ago, but all in a series of hard-to-find books. Now, that history is blosso...
07/31/2021
A New Project Is Bringing the Gay ‘Green Book’ Online

LGBTQ history in the U.S. was mapped decades ago, but all in a series of hard-to-find books. Now, that history is blossoming online for all to see. And It's chronicling some unexpected stories. From Next City:

 “Mapping the Gay Guides” is digitizing decades of gay history.

One of the best parts of solutions journalism is watching impactful, constructive ideas spread. That's exactly what happ...
07/29/2021
The power of asking, ‘Is there a better way?’

One of the best parts of solutions journalism is watching impactful, constructive ideas spread. That's exactly what happened with CAHOOTS, a response unit taking the place of police on some mental health calls in Eugene, Oregon. As more people asked, "Isn't there a better way to address these issues than police?" more journalists started reporting on CAHOOTS' decades of success. And as more journalists reported on it, more communities started testing their own version.

How one reporter’s solutions-focused question helped catapult CAHOOTS, a local response to police violence, into the spotlight

Almost no one understands teenagers, right? But for police, the consequences of that could change - or even end - lives....
07/28/2021
Opinion | What Do Police Know About Teenagers? Not Enough.

Almost no one understands teenagers, right? But for police, the consequences of that could change - or even end - lives. One training program is teaching police about teen psychology to radically reduce teen arrest numbers.

An Indiana county has instructed every cop on how teens differ developmentally. Unnecessary arrests have plummeted as a result.

"But for the group led by Orion, Rob and Vinz, the biggest source of pride is to be the living proof that—no matter thei...
07/24/2021
LGBTQ Refugees Carving Out Their Path to Integration — Are We Europe

"But for the group led by Orion, Rob and Vinz, the biggest source of pride is to be the living proof that—no matter their trauma and day-to-day struggles—q***r migrants can play an active role in achieving the life they sought when they came to Germany."

A beautiful, layered look at problem-solving from Are We Europe:

There are a lot of obstacles for q***r refugees seeking to integrate in Germany, but some LGBTQ led organisations are there to help

We're obviously not shy about discussing journalism's major issues. But we're also tremendously enthusiastic and encoura...
07/18/2021
Digital Startups Are Breathing Life Into Canadian Journalism

We're obviously not shy about discussing journalism's major issues. But we're also tremendously enthusiastic and encouraged by the work happening to make the industry more equitable, trustworthy, healthy and relevant. If you could use some of that enthusiasm, read:

Indigenous-led independent media is leading the way

"Traditional journalism doesn’t work in a hyperpolarized country. Doing more of the same (just more righteously) will on...
07/17/2021
Journalism in the fog of ‘high conflict’: Q&A with Amanda Ripley

"Traditional journalism doesn’t work in a hyperpolarized country. Doing more of the same (just more righteously) will only polarize us further — and weaken the impact of good work. Already, The New York Times has way less influence on national politics than it did when I was a kid. Because, rightly or wrongly, it’s no longer believed to be telling the truth by about half of American voters. It’s a wicked problem. But one thing I know for sure is that being useful as a journalist in high conflict requires a much more sophisticated understanding of human behavior."

Our colleague Amanda Ripley talks with American Press Institute:

How might journalists cover conflict in a way that reduces polarization instead of contributing to it?

With a program called Safe Streets offering resources and mediating more than 900 conflicts, Baltimore's Cherry Hill nei...
07/14/2021
Safe Streets celebrates a year with no homicides in a South Baltimore area they serve, with hope for rest of the city

With a program called Safe Streets offering resources and mediating more than 900 conflicts, Baltimore's Cherry Hill neighborhood hasn't had a single homicide for one year, even as violence ticked up across the rest of the city. From The Baltimore Sun:

As homicides and non-fatal shootings mount in neighborhoods across Baltimore, Cherry Hill Safe Streets leaders this week marked an upbeat milestone: One full year without a murder

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Dear All ! This summer was crazy in terms of the climate situation. Highlighting solutions stories is crucial especially with the coming COP26 next November in Glasgow. So I am looking for solutions stories you ve read, watched or listened to, that you would be happy to share in this group ! Thank you !
Looking for a Korean speaking journalist to cover a solution in Seoul. DM me if you're interested or know someone who might be. Thanks!
Move quickly, Congress, to save local news outlets June 25, 2021 at 8:59 am Updated June 25, 2021 at 8:59 am By Brier Dudley Seattle Times Free Press editor A resurrected tax proposal in Congress should be a cornerstone of efforts to save America’s local, free press system. The Local Journalism Sustainability Act is intended to stop newspapers’ bleeding long enough for them to retool and develop new business models. More than newspapers would benefit, though. It would also lower taxes for households and small businesses. The bill, H.R. 3940, would provide temporary tax credits to people subscribing to local papers, to publishers and digital outlets employing journalists, and small businesses advertising with local papers and broadcasters. This is creative and necessary. Please consider contacting your representative and urging them to pass it this year. Newspapers can’t wait much longer for help. Every month sees more jobs lost and newsrooms shuttered. Thousands of communities, particularly in the heartland, no longer have a local news outlet. The bill had 78 bipartisan co-sponsors after it was introduced last July by U.S. Reps. Ann Kirkpatrick, an Arizona Democrat, and Dan Newhouse, a Yakima Valley Republican. But it didn’t advance past the Ways and Means committee. …This short-term measure does not make the press dependent on government. Nor does it give government say over journalism or choice of which outlets benefit. Households and local businesses, not the government, would decide which local news organizations to support. .. …I particularly like subscription tax credits. That makes newspapers and the service they provide accessible to more people. It also keeps pressure on publishers to produce a good product that attracts subscribers. Something has to happen to slow job losses while papers transition to business models built around subscriptions and digital ads.... …Under H.R. 3940, subscribers to local papers would receive tax credits up to $250 yearly. Publishers employing “local news journalists” would receive payroll tax credits up to $12,700 apiece for five years. Big chains are excluded; eligible publishers can employ a maximum of 750 people… …There’s broad agreement that the journalism crisis is urgent and a threat to democracy. Now, with the economy recovering and pandemic easing, it’s time for Congress to address this critical problem before it becomes unfixable. Brier Dudley on Twitter: @BrierDudley. is editor of The Seattle Times Save the Free Press Initiative. Its weekly newsletter: https://st.news/FreePressNewsletter. Reach him at [email protected]
A’IBOM GOVERNOR’S WIFE BAGS UNITED NATIONS “CHAMPION OF SDGs” AWARD …receives thumps up from UN Chief The United Nations Secretary General, Mr. Antonio Guterres, has conferred an award of “Champion of Sustainable Development Goals” on the wife of Akwa Ibom State governor, Her Excellency Dr. Mrs. Martha Udom Emmanuel; for using her position and non-governmental platform, Family Empowerment and Youth Reorientation Path-Initiative FEYReP, to advance the cause of women and children in the state. The award was conferred through his Nigerian representative, the Resident Humanitarian Coordinator, Mr. Edward Kallon, while leading a high-powered delegation of the organization on a courtesy visit to the governor’s wife at Government House, Uyo. Mr. Guterres said he was on a mission to appraise and reinforce the existing partnership with the state government and FEYReP having heard and read of the many life-changing initiatives of the governor’s wife through her non-governmental organization. He said he was impressed with the visionary leadership of the governor and foresight of the governor’s wife in championing many opportunities for women especially in the areas of women empowerment, s*xual reproductive health and constant advocacy against gender based violence. “It is a pleasure to be here to meet you in person and appraise things for myself. I must commend you for the enormous work you are doing in using your position and platform to pioneer and champion the cause of women in the state and the country at large,” he said. He noted that during the Covid-19 pandemic, women were abused in many forms all over the world, saying he was happy to know that the state had since domesticated the VAPP law to arrest culprits. While thanking the First Lady for her role and support towards the domestication of the legislation, he promised to partner more with her platform to break more grounds. Responding, the wife of governor, Her Excellency, Dr. Mrs. Martha Udom Emmanuel appreciated the UN chief for his kind words and the honour done her saying her efforts have been that of providing women, the girl child and children equal opportunities. She thanked the body for the support given her in advocating against r**e and gender based violence in the state and stressed that many have broken the culture of silence by speaking and seeking justice whenever they are abused. “We have been very vocal against r**e and violence against women in this state and this has resulted in many speaking up and seeking justice. We have worked closely with sister groups like International Federation of Women Lawyers FIDA, National Association of Women Journalists NAWOJ, and the Nigeria Medical Women Association NMWA to push out our messages and this has elicited positive reactions from the public,” Dr. Emmanuel posited. She said the state government through the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Welfare was constructing a permanent building for all victims of gender based violence, saying the temporal facility currently occupied has been stretched due to the influx of people seeking help at the center. On women empowerment, the First lady informed the visitors that her desire is to see women being self-reliant, saying this informed her decision to set up a Multi-Cooperative Society where revolving loans are given to rural women for small scale businesses. The governor’s wife called for more partnership in the area of capacity building and funding to do more in the state, saying funding has been a major factor militating against her work.
Are you a journalist, creative or lecturer who is passionate about promoting health or development-focused African solutions through visual, written, oral and digital media? Apply for the inaugural Solutions Journalism Africa Fellowship and reframe the news from and about our continent.
Michigan’s new auto insurance law slashes payments for long-term rehab, home care and residential programs for car crash victims by 45% on July 1. Her current provider could go out of business, with no other that could afford to take its place. She doesn't know where she will go if she has to leave her home due to lack of adequate care. And her nurses and aides could soon be looking for new jobs.
Are you a journalist juggling the demands of the job with caregiving for an older adult? This webinar is for you. Panelists will share coping tips as well as ideas for covering caregiving with a solutions lens. Register here: https://bit.ly/3t5XrPp
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This inventive teacher's classroom-on-a-trike was born of necessity because remote learning is impossible for most children: In the entire department or province, only about 13% of homes have internet.
This thoughtful high-school s*x-ed teacher is a genius. Also, he thinks we should get rid of the baseball metaphor when we talk about s*x (with its competitive, wink-wink references to “rounding the bases” and so one). Instead, he suggests the metaphor of … pizza! And it’s brilliant.
Morning, I wondered if some people in this group might be interested in a newsletter I just set up – an opportunity to revisit communities in Britain experimenting with alternatives to out-of-town shopping centres, outsourcing essential services and scraping by through endless cuts. Five years ago I started out in search of such alternatives, and on the way I reported on councils rethinking contracts, coastal towns reinventing redevelopment, indoor farms, off-grid energy projects and alternative currencies. But what has happened to these people – and to the UK – since then? I'd love it if any of you want to come along for the ride! It's free and easy to unsubscribe if it turns out not to be for you.