The Solutions Journalism Network (SJN) is leading a global shift in how people understand and shape the world by focusing reporting on responses to problems and what we can learn from their successes and failures.
Research shows that when news reveals what’s working (or promising), it elevates the tone of public discourse, making it less divisive and more constructive, allows communities to see better options, and builds agency and hope. This leads to meaningful change.
Key elements of solutions journalism include: examining a response and how it works, showing evidence of effectiveness, discussing limitations, and surfacing insights to spur innovation.
As a network builder, our approach includes:
- Supporting entrepreneurial actors to drive the spread of solutions journalism across diverse networks of journalists, producers, educators, and other media professionals
- Providing training and financial support to journalists and newsrooms to catalyze solutions reporting
- Gathering solutions reporting from around the world and disseminating stories and insight
Founded in 2013 by award-winning journalists David Bornstein, Tina Rosenberg and Courtney Martin, SJN’s network includes:
- 47,000 journalists trained and using SJN tools
- A searchable database with a selection of solutions stories from 1,900 news organizations
- 100 partner journalism schools
- 8 institutional training partners in North America, Europe, Africa and Latin America
- Fellows and certified solutions journalism trainers in 40 countries
Roadmap of SJN's history
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