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Solutions Journalism Is
PART OF A HIGHER-QUALITY
NEWS PRODUCT
RIGOROUS REPORTING ON
RESPONSES TO SOCIAL PROBLEMS
sharpening
accountability
COVERING WHAT WORKS,
WITHOUT THE FLUFF
connecting problems
and possibilities
A UNIVERSE OF STORIES
THAT AREN’T BEING TOLD
TAKING AWAY EXCUSES
TO HOLD POWER TO ACCOUNT
A CRITICAL PART OF THE
FUTURE OF NEWS
A WAY TO BUILD TRUST
WITH YOUR AUDIENCE
A WAY TO SPARK
CONSTRUCTIVE DISCOURSE

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

We’re working to bring solutions journalism to every newsroom worldwide.

LEARN MORE ABOUT WHAT SOLUTIONS JOURNALISM IS +

Solutions journalism, in the words of our network.

Solutions Journalism...

  • Can be character-driven, but focuses in-depth on a response to a problem and how the response works in meaningful detail
  • Focuses on effectiveness, not good intentions, presenting available evidence of results
  • Discusses the limitations of the approach
  • Seeks to provide insight that others can use

Solutions journalism, in the words of our network.

READY TO START PRACTICING SOLUTIONS JOURNALISM?
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Are you an editor or a producer at a news outlet? We provide training, consulting, and other resources to help catalyze high-impact solutions reporting.

Teaching others how to do solutions journalism? Craft your own courses with our curriculum builder, and check out these resources on our blog.

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NOT A JOURNALIST

(But you love great journalism)?

Explore SolutionsU™, a platform that connects educators and students to solutions stories, and to tools to incorporate these stories in their teaching and learning.

Visit Solutions Story Tracker™​, ​​​a curated database of solutions journalism stories​.

From the Blog

Solutions journalism that pays for itself

The Richland Source already knew how to do strong solutions reporting. The question: Could its solutions-focused projects bring in new revenue?

May 21, 2018

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Case Study: The Richland Source “Healing Hope” Series

How a small newspaper took on the issue of infant mortality, and united the town around solutions with a community baby shower

May 17, 2018

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“I practice solutions journalism because…”

Memo from OPB senior producer Allison Frost

May 11, 2018

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5 simple ways to tell a powerful visual solutions story

Be willing to learn (and un-learn)

April 5, 2018

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6 Insights from our first Solutions Journalism Summit (and registration info for the next one!)

90 editors, reporters, J-school professors, and engagement experts overran Sundance in November to discuss the future of journalism — here’s what we’re taking into 2018.

March 20, 2018

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SoJo Story Wins at the 2017 United Nations Correspondents Association Awards

Seattle Hub coordinator Gregory Scruggs shares how he developed his story on the UN Habitat III Summit.

February 27, 2018

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Health journalists, our newest toolkit has got you covered

The Health Guide equips you to shift the lens on the health beat.

February 13, 2018

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5 Tips to Bring Solutions Journalism to Your Classroom

1. Explain what solutions journalism is (and what it isn’t)

February 5, 2018

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AS A MEMBER, YOU WILL BE ABLE TO:
  • Access the full Solutions Story Tracker®
  • Explore curated collections of stories and resources about topics that you care about
  • Create and share your own collections of stories
  • Access and share teaching resources (and coming soon, student resources!)
  • Connect with others using solutions journalism in their courses
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AS A MEMBER, YOU WILL BE ABLE TO:
  • Access the full Solutions Story Tracker® database
  • Create and customize your own collections of stories
TO JOIN, PLEASE SUBMIT THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION (*=REQUIRED)

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Help us grow our database of solutions stories! Please enter the following information. Our staff will review the story, and if it meets our criteria (see below), it will be added to the Solutions Story Tracker®.

Great suggestion! So great, that we already have that story listed in the Solutions Story Tracker®. View it here.

It may take a few weeks to see your piece in the Solutions Story Tracker®, as we have a backlog of submissions longer than Ben Hur that we’re diligently working to eliminate. We appreciate your patience.

SJN'S CRITERIA FOR GOOD SOLUTIONS JOURNALISM:
  • Can be character-driven, but focuses in-depth on a response to a problem and how the response works in meaningful detail
  • Focuses on effectiveness, not good intentions, presenting available evidence of results
  • Discusses the limitations of the approach
  • Seeks to provide insight that others can use

Hearing from Hub members is the best part of our day after coffee.

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Photo Credits: Almudena Toral; Gabe Hernandez/Corpus Christi Caller-Times; Cody Pope; Matt Stokes

All other photos are licensed under Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike 2.0 Generic Creative Commons license, and are credited to the following photographers: Rowan El Shimi; Samuele Arcidiacono; Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum 2017 © DW/H. W. Lamberz

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