1. Join SF chapter on mapping wicked problems (and how to incorporate solutions!)

    February 2, 2016

    Screen Shot 2016-02-01 at 4.14.39 PM“Mapping and Covering the Wicked Problems”

    What: It’s difficult to define wicked problems. The founders of the concept said, “You don’t understand the problem until you have a solution.” That is part of why, when looking at the role of media in covering social messes, journalist Jay Rosen proposed a wicked problems beat. Join the Solutions Journalism Network for a workshop led by Bob Horn, who developed the Information Mapping method. We’ll explore how to map and cover wicked problems, and engage audiences in responses to those problems.

    When: Tuesday, March 15, 1:30-4:30 pm

    Where: ImpactHub San Francisco

    RSVP by March 13 on Eventbrite.


  2. Hacks and Hackers’ take on Solutions Journalism

    January 25, 2016

    Hacks and Hackers Connect, a series of events building regional communities of media entrepreneurs, brought journalists and developers together at Runway Incubator in San Francisco, California last weekend. I was there representing the Solutions Journalism Network, and since our whole team is about spreading the practice of reporting on responses to social problems, I want to open my notebook up to you!

    A full Saturday agenda kicked off with mentor-led discussions. While I wish I could have replicated myself eight times over so I could make it to every session (including one on design thinking led by Solutions Journalism Network Bay Area member Ed Bice of Meedan), I chose “Elements of venture design: How to get your startup venture ready in 20 weeks” with Corey Ford of the media accelerator Matter.

    PitchA former producer for PBS Frontline, he said journalists have a special power when it comes to pitches because they understand the value of character-driven narratives. We talked about how forces tend to pull us away from the ‘fail faster in order to succeed sooner’ culture that Matter sees as the secret to success.

    And although I spent two years working for a media company I joined as the first hire, have been hooked on tech podcasts ever since listening to the first episode of StartUp, and spend a lot of my time with entrepreneurs through my work with SJN and Devex, this session made me feel more empowered than ever to do my part to shape the future of media.

    Following the session, I stood in a row of journalists and developers who pitched their ideas to the full group of 100 media entrepreneurs that would divide up into small groups. My question: “How might we incentivize more storytelling on responses to problems?” [Read more…]


  3. Back by popular demand! SJN workshop in NYC on 2/1

    January 15, 2016

    social-network-md copyWHO: Solutions Journalism Network’s Director of Newsroom Practice Change Liza Gross, SJN trainer Prerana Thakurdesai, & you

    WHAT: The official Solutions Journalism Network workshop, for the second time offered to New York City journalists outside of newsrooms. The workshop will explore the ins and outs of solutions journalism, talk about why it’s important, explain key steps in reporting a solutions story, and give loads of tips and resources for journalists interested in investigating what’s working. And beer.

    WHEN: Monday, February 1, 2016; 6:30-8:30 pm

    WHERE: 79 Madison Ave., WeWork Building, Third-Floor Lounge (entrance is on the north side of 28th street)

    WHY: Because you want to reinvigorate your beat; learn new frameworks for reporting an old story; make a meaningful impact with your journalism; and make connections with like-minded journalists.

    HOW: A very key question in solutions reporting. More about “howdunnits” here from our core toolkit.

    The event caps at 50 participants. RSVP for the event by January 29.