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.

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According to research released this week, here's how people viewed solutions-focused stories compared to problem-focused...
05/03/2021
The Top 10 Takeaways from the Newest Solutions Journalism Research

According to research released this week, here's how people viewed solutions-focused stories compared to problem-focused ones:

- Trust in the story (83% to 55%)
- Making a difference in my community (42% to 25%)
- Depth of information (41% to 30%)
- Delivering a fresh approach (40% to 25%)
- Capturing what matters (37% to 28%)
- Quality of storytelling (37% to 30%)

It’s a “secret weapon” with “significant appeal, impact and efficacy”

A major media research firm showed both solutions-focused stories and problem-focused ones to more than 600 people acros...
05/01/2021

A major media research firm showed both solutions-focused stories and problem-focused ones to more than 600 people across the U.S. We don't want you to forget the results.

We dropped a bunch of data Wednesday from the biggest study of solutions journalism done yet. But if you're a visual lea...
04/30/2021
Hope, Impact, Appeal: How Solutions Journalism Transforms Engagement

We dropped a bunch of data Wednesday from the biggest study of solutions journalism done yet.

But if you're a visual learner, there's a video too. Consider it our new business card.

At a time when journalism faces crises of relevance and sustainability, a new study from media research leader SmithGeiger demonstrates solutions journalism...

Solutions journalism is no longer optional. People agree that it's a must. Today, we're releasing the results of the mos...
04/28/2021

Solutions journalism is no longer optional. People agree that it's a must.

Today, we're releasing the results of the most expansive research ever done on solutions journalism, conducted by media research firm SmithGeiger. Not only do people view it as important or even necessary, but when compared to problem-focused stories solutions journalism builds more trust, knowledge, and enthusiasm. Here are some of the results that blew us away. We'll add more in the comments too.

So tell your friends and your local newsroom: The news people crave is not just about problems but also what's effectively addressing them. It's not fluffy good news, but it also makes people feel hopeful. It's about what's working but with all the dedication and rigor you want in great reporting. And it has a name: solutions journalism.

A small but easily replicable stand in the Philippines encourages people to "take what you need, leave some for others, ...
04/28/2021
A pandemic makes neighbors look out for each other in Sorsogon

A small but easily replicable stand in the Philippines encourages people to "take what you need, leave some for others, and give what you can." And it's raising money for personal protective equipment too. From Rappler:

Kindness Station's response to the coronavirus outbreak is to encourage people to 'take what you need, leave some for others, and give what you can'

Educators across the U.S. are prioritizing mental health, stability and security for students as they return to in-perso...
04/27/2021
How Schools Can Help Kids Heal After A Year Of 'Crisis And Uncertainty' - MindShift

Educators across the U.S. are prioritizing mental health, stability and security for students as they return to in-person learning. From morning emotional check-ins to increasing the number of school counselors, how schools are supporting students has lessons for the global community. From KQED:

The pandemic has been stressful for millions of children. If that stress isn't buffered by caring adults, it can have lifelong consequences. There's a lot schools can do to keep that from happening.

“We used to believe the issue was the kid. Now we’re asking what’s needed to help every child.”A Bay Area nonprofit offe...
04/26/2021
Opinion | A 4-Year-Old Child Is Not a Problem. And Expulsion Is Not a Solution.

“We used to believe the issue was the kid. Now we’re asking what’s needed to help every child.”

A Bay Area nonprofit offers trauma-informed learning to more than 4,000 low-income preschoolers. By substituting mental health care for punishment, they're getting results as strong as at nationally-renowned pre-kindergartens, writes David L. Kirp for The New York Times Opinion Section:

There is an effective approach to breaking the preschool-to-prison pipeline.

"The wellness court has an unusual mandate: the judges, counselors, and social service providers who run the court empha...
04/26/2021
Restorative Justice in Indian Country | Dissent Magazine

"The wellness court has an unusual mandate: the judges, counselors, and social service providers who run the court emphasize support and trust rather than punishment, and use ancestral cultural practices to help people in treatment rebuild their lives and integrate into the community."

That's why they haven't jailed a single person in more than two years.

Wellness courts provide an example of how some tribal governments are using indigenous sovereignty to build a community-based justice system, rooted in support and trust rather than punishment.

Louisiana just might have the highest incarceration rate on the planet. But in New Orleans, its biggest city, a new Dist...
04/26/2021
In Nation’s Incarceration Capital, a New D.A. Is Freeing People From Prison

Louisiana just might have the highest incarceration rate on the planet. But in New Orleans, its biggest city, a new District Attorney is taking small but vital steps to fix that. From The Appeal:

New Orleans DA Jason Williams is making changes to remedy excessive sentencing, obstacles to parole, and convictions made by nonunanimous juries.

People aren't only their problems. In fact, what inspires most people is trying to get them solved. So why does journali...
04/25/2021
The privilege of problem-focused reporting

People aren't only their problems. In fact, what inspires most people is trying to get them solved. So why does journalism disproportionately cover the problems?

Here's one reason: distance.

Failing to report on effective responses neglects entire communities. Solutions Journalism can help.

“There was a lot of reporting about how bad it was. But my question was, What should we do about it? Should we just thro...
04/24/2021
Climate journalism enters the solutions era

“There was a lot of reporting about how bad it was. But my question was, What should we do about it? Should we just throw up our hands and die?”

Nahhhhhh.

In the summer of 2018, Esquire summed up the US media’s climate mood board with a feature on traumatized climate scientists, titled, “When the End of Civilization is Your Day Job.” That summer, the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration reported another astounding leap in atmospheric CO2 ...

"High conflict is the kind that has crackled across the country in recent years. It can start small, but it rapidly beco...
04/22/2021
I Spent 4 Years Trying to Understand Conflict. Here's What I Learned About Engaging in a 'Good' Way

"High conflict is the kind that has crackled across the country in recent years. It can start small, but it rapidly becomes self-perpetuating and all-consuming. There is an us and a them, and everything becomes very clear, too clear. Certain conditions predictably lead to high conflict—including oversimplified, binary choices and buried grievances that go unaddressed."

"Too many of our institutions, media platforms and norms intentionally incite high conflict, instead of good."

"Loggers and tree-huggers who once loathed and feared each other have learned to hold their noses and cooperate — and th...
04/20/2021
Opinion | They Overcame Mutual Loathing, and Saved a Town

"Loggers and tree-huggers who once loathed and feared each other have learned to hold their noses and cooperate — and this may have saved the town. It may also offer lessons for a divided country."

Environmentalists and loggers thought they had nothing in common, until they started talking.

Did you know that SJN's Southern Regional Manager Michael Davis wrote a spectacular book about the creation of Sesame St...
04/17/2021
Street Gang - Official Trailer

Did you know that SJN's Southern Regional Manager Michael Davis wrote a spectacular book about the creation of Sesame Street? And that the book was turned into a moving documentary?

Catch the trailer for "Street Gang" here and feel like a kid again:

In theaters April 23rd and available On Demand May 7th!Take a stroll down Sesame Street and witness the birth of the most impactful children's series in TV h...

In America, community land trusts were devised specifically to prevent the displacement of communities of color. By remo...
04/15/2021
Opinion | Affordable Housing Forever

In America, community land trusts were devised specifically to prevent the displacement of communities of color. By removing land from the speculative market, they're preserving affordable housing for first-time homeowners — especially low-income people of color, writes Michael Friedrich for The New York Times Opinion Section:

Nonprofits that purchase land, build homes on it and sell them below market rate are giving low-income buyers a chance.

If you feel like conflict is everywhere, you aren't alone. But there's a way out. Amanda Ripley's research is changing t...
04/11/2021
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: High Conflict: A Book Release Bash with Amanda Ripley. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

If you feel like conflict is everywhere, you aren't alone. But there's a way out. Amanda Ripley's research is changing the way journalists report, and it also has lessons for anyone feeling overwhelmed by conflict.

Join us Tuesday, April 13 from 12-1pm ET as we talk with her about her new book "High Conflict: Why We Get Trapped and How We Get Out."

Turns out there's useful conflict and its twisted sister, high conflict. Author and journalist Amanda Ripley's deep research in the latter has uncovered what's behind the mysterious force that incites people to lose their minds over ideological disputes, political squabbles and family feuds that inf...

"If communities see organizations out there addressing the authentic, lived needs of their neighbors, those communities ...
04/10/2021
Even without deep pockets, Main Street shows up to support local news - Poynter

"If communities see organizations out there addressing the authentic, lived needs of their neighbors, those communities will show up for each other with their hard-earned dollars every time." From Poynter

Communities lead the way in supporting local journalism and other causes, even when resources are fewer.

The legendary Linda Ellerbee dropped some Nick News knowledge on the SJN team today! #geekingout #secondchildhood
04/09/2021

The legendary Linda Ellerbee dropped some Nick News knowledge on the SJN team today! #geekingout #secondchildhood

The legendary Linda Ellerbee dropped some Nick News knowledge on the SJN team today! #geekingout #secondchildhood

Abacus Federal Savings Bank launched in 1984. Since then, they've weathered financial and social crises while lending mo...
04/08/2021
How Chinatown’s Community Bank Has Survived Crisis After Crisis

Abacus Federal Savings Bank launched in 1984. Since then, they've weathered financial and social crises while lending more than $3 billion in the last 25 years alone. From Next City:

Banks founded by marginalized communities aren’t a panacea, but they do offer an important refuge from exploitation.

"Open educational resources are openly licensed content, freely available online to be reused, adapted, redistributed, o...
04/07/2021
Pricey textbooks holding Fresno college students back. Could this fix the problem?

"Open educational resources are openly licensed content, freely available online to be reused, adapted, redistributed, or changed without permission from the creator." And test runs are showing that students who use them - instead of paying for expensive textbooks - improve their grades.

More than half of Fresno’s community college students don’t go to school full time because of textbook costs.

"You don't have to show an ID. Nobody asks why you're there. But if you need help, getting an email address, looking for...
04/06/2021
Libraries Are Key Tools For People Getting Out Of Prison, Even During A Pandemic

"You don't have to show an ID. Nobody asks why you're there. But if you need help, getting an email address, looking for a job, people are there to help you."

Reentry is hard. Libraries make it easier. From NPR:

A New Jersey library program assists ex-prisoners with everything from making a FaceTime call to compiling job resources. It also helps them rebuild relationships when they come home.

Turns out there's useful conflict and its twisted sister, high conflict.Author and journalist Amanda Ripley's deep resea...
04/05/2021
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: High Conflict: A Book Release Bash with Amanda Ripley. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

Turns out there's useful conflict and its twisted sister, high conflict.

Author and journalist Amanda Ripley's deep research in the latter has uncovered what's behind the mysterious force that incites people to lose their minds over ideological disputes, political squabbles and family feuds that inflate to biblical proportions.

Join us on Tuesday, April 13 from 12-1pm ET for a conversation you don't want to miss.

Turns out there's useful conflict and its twisted sister, high conflict. Author and journalist Amanda Ripley's deep research in the latter has uncovered what's behind the mysterious force that incites people to lose their minds over ideological disputes, political squabbles and family feuds that inf...

Children’s success is tightly intertwined with their families’ stability. Families do better when they have access to nu...
04/05/2021
Opinion | School: It’s Not Just for Kids Anymore

Children’s success is tightly intertwined with their families’ stability. Families do better when they have access to nutrition, health care and economic opportunity. Increasingly, schools and nonprofits are addressing all those needs at the same time, writes Conor P. Williams for The New York Times Opinion Section:

Both children and parents do better when they have access to nutrition, health care and economic opportunity. Why not provide them all in one place?

Baltimore stopped prosecuting many low-level crimes during the pandemic. It didn't unleash a crime wave. In fact, it wor...
04/04/2021
After crime plummeted in 2020, Baltimore will stop drug, sex prosecutions

Baltimore stopped prosecuting many low-level crimes during the pandemic. It didn't unleash a crime wave. In fact, it worked so well, they're making the approach permanent.

The move to not prosecute drug and sex cases was initially to keep people out of jail during the pandemic, but crime dropped so Baltimore is making it permanent.

Across the country, mental health response teams are stepping in to reduce police involvement in mental health incidents...
04/04/2021
How a Colorado town is untangling behavioral health care from the criminal justice system

Across the country, mental health response teams are stepping in to reduce police involvement in mental health incidents. In Fort Collins, Colorado, 80% of calls their team responds to result in treatment at home rather than arrest. From The Coloradoan:

Meet the co-responders who are helping Fort Collins police when responding to people in the middle of mental health or substance abuse crises.

“When we draw, our ideas become more open. It’s a way to make a voice to the world.”Rohingya refugees are processing the...
04/03/2021
For Rohingya Survivors, Art Bears Witness

“When we draw, our ideas become more open. It’s a way to make a voice to the world.”

Rohingya refugees are processing their pain and preserving their traditions with art.

They escaped traumatic circumstances in Myanmar and now live in harsh conditions. But refugees are creating murals drawn from their flourishing cultural traditions, reborn in Bangladesh camps.

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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.
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We’re tired of relentlessly problem-focused narratives about African peoples(...)The reasons for this gap are many and complex, stemming from racism, colonialism, and ingrained narratives of helplessness. We think solutions journalism can play a part in challenging and correcting those narratives.
Looking forward to reading you!
We have a great climate solutions schools story in the UK - schools are pledging to go zero carbon by 2030 and joining up to Ashden's Let's Go Zero campaign. We're working closely with the Youth Climate Summit which is happening next week (9-14 Nov) Please contact me if you want the press release and some great story leads [email protected]
We have a great climate solutions story in the UK with schools - schools are pledging to go zero carbon by 2030 and joining up to Ashden's Let's Go Zero campaign. We're working closely with the Youth Climate Summit which is happening next week (9-14 Nov) Please contact me if you want the press release and some great story leads [email protected]
How formalizing informal exporters supports Ethiopian economy #Ethiopia #export #solutionsjournalism https://newbusinessethiopia.com/trade/how-formalizing-informal-exporters-supports-ethiopian-economy/
Samsung World (All about Samsung and TIZEN). ISP RAS scandal: how Android OS and TIZEN OS security verification tools fell into the hands of Scammers.
https://www.thetablet.co.uk/other/newman-internship Neman Internship To mark the canonisation of Cardinal John Henry Newman, The Tablet established a Newman Internship. The first Newman Intern, Madoc Cairns, worked beside our team of journalists, researching and writing news stories and features for the print and online platform. We are looking for a replacement who understands the value of independent journalism and has a keen interest in religion and church affairs. This internship is for nine months, working 35 hours per week, working partly in our offices in west London and partly remotely. The successful candidate will be paid the London Living Wage. Please send your CV, a covering letter and an example of your writing to [email protected]. Closing date: Wednesday 7 October 2020
Hello folks, I’m doing some research on the impact of COVID-19 on plastic pollution and solutions for dealing with it. If you know of a researcher or organizer working in this area, that can share data, or talk more about solutions in practice, please feel free to comment on this post or message me directly. The project is global in scope, and we’re really looking to address this in a way that’s scalable for populations and communities throughout a variety of backgrounds and economic levels. Thanks for your help, and be well!
Scientists from all over Europe demand a solution to landslides