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The University of Texas at Austin’s Center for Media Engagement found that stories with the core components of solutions journalism increased readers’ interest and knowledge, boosted readers’ positivity and intent to learn more, and led readers to believe there were ways to effectively address the issue.
Solutions journalism increased viewers’ loyalty to their TV station. Solutions journalism stories had greater storytelling appeal, helped distinguish stations from their competitors, and were more likely to inspire viewers to take action. The media research firm SmithGeiger’s conclusions did not differ by age, geography or — especially notable — political ideology.
The Institute for Applied Positive Research found that solutions-oriented reporting increased news readers’ problem-solving skills and increased their connection to the community. It made people feel less anxious, more energized and more confident that they could come up with solutions.
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