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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, and check out these resources on our blog.

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NOT A JOURNALIST

(But you love great journalism)?

Explore SolutionsU, an online learning platform to support solutions-focused learning and teaching about society's challenges.

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

From the Blog

The CEO of Impact Alpha on Solutions Journalism and Impact Investing

October 20, 2017

READ THE STORY

Ed Lab’s Road (Map) Show

Lessons from the Seattle Times’ first major event around Ed Lab

October 18, 2017

READ THE STORY

How to be “Education Lab”

A Q&A from the archives with Seattle Times staff on how to cover education with the solutions lens

October 16, 2017

READ THE STORY

“Why I Teach” — and How Stories Engage

Seattle Times engagement event in 2015 leads to lessons on power of solutions journalism #TBT

October 12, 2017

READ THE STORY

Case Study: The Rainier Beach Story

Claudia Rowe’s coverage for The Seattle Times rallies constructive, inclusive response

October 10, 2017

READ THE STORY

How Seattle Times’ “Ed Lab” is Moving the Needle on Education

Results from our first newsroom partnership, circa 2013

October 4, 2017

READ THE STORY

Remembering Ed Lab’s “How I got into college”

Resurfacing lessons from 2014 on community engagement

October 2, 2017

READ THE STORY

A Search for Solutions-Oriented TV Awards

It seems that award ceremonies prefer stories about problems, not solutions.

September 29, 2017

READ THE STORY
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Upcoming Webinar
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Our next webinar is on November 7, 2017

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

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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 or J-School? 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 or J-School? Register here instead.

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.

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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 want to get unlimited access to the Solutions Story Tracker™ and also get alerts when new relevant stories are posted, please register now.

Registration takes about two minutes, and is completely free. We'll never share your email address outside of SJN.

Sound good?

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.