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Solutions Journalism Is
PART OF A HIGHER-QUALITY
NEWS PRODUCT
RIGOROUS REPORTING
ON RESPONSES TO SOCIAL PROBLEMS
COVERING WHAT WORKS,
WITHOUT THE FLUFF
JUST BETTER JOURNALISM
A UNIVERSE OF STORIES
THAT AREN’T BEING TOLD
NEWS THAT SERVES
THE WORLD
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...

  • 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

READY TO START PRACTICING SOLUTIONS JOURNALISM?
Visit The Hub, where we provide training for all types of journalism practitioners.

Are you looking to become a better journalist? We’ve got the tools you need, whether you’re a seasoned freelancer or the youngest guy at the newsroom.

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.

NOT A JOURNALIST

(But you love great journalism)?

Visit our Solutions Story Tracker™ to explore the universe of solutions journalism stories.

Are you an educator or student looking to use solutions journalism in your curriculum? Explore SolutionsU.

From the Blog

A Search for Solutions-Oriented TV Awards

A few examples of Emmy-nominated stories from 2014 with a solutions-oriented focus, or at least using a “solutions-light” approach with some but not all SoJo principles.

July 27, 2017

READ THE STORY

At El Paso Times, “Quenching the Future”

“We live in the desert. There’s not much water.” But the bigger story turned out to be more complex.

July 24, 2017

READ THE STORY

A Conversation With: Richard Davies

Solutions Journalism Network: When did you first become familiar with solutions journalism?

July 20, 2017

READ THE STORY

Delta Blues': Bringing the Mekong to New Orleans

WWNO's series on flooding in river delta areas connects communities half a world away.

July 18, 2017

READ THE STORY

The prevailing narratives of rural America… do they hold up?

Our fourth Solutions Live conversation dives into reporting responsibly on rural communities and how they’re taking on new challenges.

June 24, 2017

READ THE STORY

How Deseret News Adopted Solutions Journalism to Increase Readership

Resurfacing one of SJN's first case studies.

May 30, 2017

READ THE STORY

10 Ways to Maximize Your Time on Journalist Group Trips

1) Ask for data.

May 15, 2017

READ THE STORY

Here’s what you should know about teaching solutions journalism

J-School faculty from across the country weigh in

May 15, 2017

READ THE STORY
Go to our Blog
Upcoming Training
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Our next training is on September 14, 2017 in New York City

We also do trainings by request if you can provide the space.

Go to Training Resources

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™.

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.

I WORK IN, TEACH, OR STUDY JOURNALISM I'M AN EDUCATOR OR STUDENT (NOT IN JOURNALISM) I'M NONE OF THE ABOVE
AS A MEMBER, YOU WILL BE ABLE TO:
  • Access our training curriculum or attend a training
  • Share your stories
  • Join a local community of journalists
  • Attend story workshops and events to hone your craft
  • Get funding and additional support
  • Access the full Solutions Story Tracker™
  • Save favorite stories and create collections in your user profile
TO JOIN, PLEASE SUBMIT THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION (*=REQUIRED)

Not a journalist? Register here instead.

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
TO JOIN, PLEASE SUBMIT THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION (*=REQUIRED)

Journalist? Register here instead.

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)

Journalist? Register here instead.

WHICH COLLECTION DO YOU WANT TO ADD THIS STORYLINK TO?
+ CREATE A NEW COLLECTION
INCLUDE A NOTE ABOUT THIS STORYLINK (OPTIONAL)
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Our issue area taxonomy was adapted from the PCS Taxonomy with definitions by the Foundation Center, which is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial 4.0 International License.

Photos are licensed under Attribution Non Commercial 2.0 Generic Creative Commons license / Desaturated from original, and are credited to the following photographers:

Fondriest Environmental, David De Wit / Community Eye Health, Linda Steil / Herald Post, John Amis / UGA College of Ag & Environmental Sciences – OCCS, Andy B, Peter Garnhum, Thomas Hawk, 7ty9, Isriya Paireepairit, David Berger, UnLtd The Foundation For Social Entrepreneurs, Michael Dunne, Burak Kebapci, and Forrest Berkshire / U.S. Army Cadet Command public affairs

Photos are licensed under Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike 2.0 Generic Creative Commons license, and are credited to the following photographers:

Ra'ed Qutena, 段 文慶, Fabio Campo, City Clock Magazine, Justin Norman, scarlatti2004, Gary Simmons, Kathryn McCallum, and Nearsoft Inc

Photos are licensed under CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0) Public Domain Dedication Creative Commons license / Desaturated from original, and are credited to the following photographers:

Burak Kebapci and SCY.

If you can provide a space, we’re always happy to do in-person trainings for newsroom teams. Our core training explains what solutions journalism is and how to employ it as an additional tool in your reporting.

A member of our team will be in touch soon.