Solutions Journalism Training

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The Solutions Journalism approach can advance your reporting and increase audience engagement. Start learning with these solutions journalism tools:

Where to Start

  • For Individual Journalists:

    Our Basic Toolkit (available in over a dozen languages) is a good place to learn what solutions journalism is (and isn’t) and how to start integrating it into your reporting.

    Our Learning Lab includes issue-specific guides on how to do solutions reporting on health, education, economic mobility, and violence, and on how to “complicate the narrative” to tell richer and fuller stories about divisive issues.

    We also offer online webinars on topics ranging from audience engagement to how to find and vet data for solutions stories. Find out about upcoming sessions here.

    Check out more Reporting Resources below.

  • For Newsrooms:

    In addition to resources for individual reporters, our Learning Lab includes an Editor Toolkit on how to institutionalize solutions journalism in your newsroom; a Revenue Playbook; an Engagement Toolkit; and a Collaborative Playbook.

    We also work with newsrooms of all sizes and across all platforms in the U.S. and around the world. Reach out to one of our regional representatives to learn about advanced training opportunities or invite an accredited solutions journalism trainer to your newsroom.

    We also offer specialized materials and training for TV networks and station groups, including online, live, interactive workshops tailored to your needs and goals, and a TV Playbook toolkit for broadcast TV newsmanagers and journalists.

    To learn more, reach out to Carolyn Robinson, director of broadcast partnerships.

Live Training

Beyond the basics, we offer webinars on topics ranging from audience engagement to how to find and vet data for solutions stories. Check back soon for updates.

As part of our work to center equity and inclusion, we’re giving journalists tools to provide more accurate narratives about marginalized communities. Asset-Framing is the practice of defining people by their assets and contributions before noting their challenges. We’re working with Trabian Shorters of BMe to train journalists in how to recognize and use Asset-Framing, with the goal of helping repair the destructive narratives that people of color have condemned as complicit in violence and oppression. Stay tuned for more information on how to participate in an upcoming Asset-Framing training.

You also can find us at conferences and events around the world. Here’s what’s coming up.

Other Events

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Accredited Solutions Journalism Trainers

Looking for a solutions journalism training in your region or language? Around the world, we have accredited trainers who are solutions journalism pros. They would love to hear from you. To reach any of these trainers, please contact Nina Fasciaux and Kyuwon Lee.

Africa

Abaas  Mpindi

Abaas Mpindi

Uganda

Aché  Adoum Attimer

Aché Adoum Attimer

Chad / Senegal

Adaobi N. Ezeokoli

Adaobi N. Ezeokoli

Nigeria

Chibuike  Alagboso

Chibuike Alagboso

Nigeria

Dina  Aboughazala

Dina Aboughazala

Egypt / Turkey

Esther  Nakazzi

Esther Nakazzi

Uganda

Seun  Durojaiye

Seun Durojaiye

Nigeria

Rim  Mathlouthi

Rim Mathlouthi

Tunisia

Asia-Pacific

Corinne  Podger

Corinne Podger

Australia

Kavita  Chandran

Kavita Chandran

Singapore

Portia  Ladrido

Portia Ladrido

Phillippines

Praveeni  Senanayake

Praveeni Senanayake

Sri Lanka

Sanne  Breimer

Sanne Breimer

The Netherlands / Indonesia

Swati Sanyal Tarafdar

Swati Sanyal Tarafdar

India

Joydeep  Dasgupta

Joydeep Dasgupta

India

Europe

Catherine  Edward

Catherine Edward

Austria

Charlotte  Horn

Charlotte Horn

Germany

Elena  Ledda

Elena Ledda

Spain

Esma  Kučukalić

Esma Kučukalić

Spain / Bosnia and Herzegovina

Hanna  Liubakova

Hanna Liubakova

Belarus / Poland

Jeremy  Druker

Jeremy Druker

Czech Republic

Jessica  Phelan

Jessica Phelan

Italy

Justina  Ilkevičiūtė

Justina Ilkevičiūtė

Lithuania

Lisa  Urlbauer

Lisa Urlbauer

Germany

Lucie  Černá

Lucie Černá

Czech Republic

Mara  Bierbach

Mara Bierbach

Germany

Meenal  Thakur

Meenal Thakur

The Netherlands / Belgium

Nicole  Ely

Nicole Ely

Czech Republic

Olha  Virsta

Olha Virsta

Ukraine

Rhiannon  Davies

Rhiannon Davies

Scotland

Sophie  Roland

Sophie Roland

France

 Amée  Zoutberg

Amée Zoutberg

Belgium

Latin America

Barbara  Fraser

Barbara Fraser

Perú

Camille  Padilla Dalmau

Camille Padilla Dalmau

Puerto Rico

Mariela   Castañón

Mariela Castañón

Guatemala

Carolina   Gil Posse

Carolina Gil Posse

Argentina

Cristhian  Barragan Falla

Cristhian Barragan Falla

México

Jonathan  Gutiérrez

Jonathan Gutiérrez

Venezuela

 Fabrice Le Lous

Fabrice Le Lous

Costa Rica

U.S. & Canada

Sarah   Ladik

Sarah Ladik

Canada

Tulsi   Kamath

Tulsi Kamath

U.S.

Damaso   Reyes

Damaso Reyes

U.S.

Hugo  Balta

Hugo Balta

U.S.

 Kimberley  Hartwig

Kimberley Hartwig

Canada

 Nora  Hertel

Nora Hertel

U.S.

Reporting Resources

Finding Story Ideas

If you’re looking for some inspiration for your next solutions story, check out 77 Places to Find SJ Story Ideas — a crowdsourced list of the databases, innovator networks, think tanks and online resources our journalists have used to report solutions stories.

Our Solutions Story Tracker® is a curated, searchable database of solutions journalism stories. It offers an inspiring and useful collection of the thousands of ways people are working to solve problems around the world.

Reporting resource Source: Mikhael Simmonds

Got an idea for a journalist in our network to cover? You can share your tip (and browse the tips others have shared) in our Solutions Leads Database.

Finding and Vetting Data

Strong solutions reporting requires rigorous, evidence-based analysis of how people are responding to problems. That often means finding and evaluating data that illuminates how well an effort is working — the school-based initiative that really does reduce absenteeism, for example, or government policies that have reduced opiate overdoses.

We can help you develop the data skills you need, including how to identify “positive deviants” — outliers in data that might point to a place that has found success and is making a difference. Often, journalists look through data to find failures — the highest poverty rates, the bleakest health outcomes. But that’s not the only story data can tell. And reporting on places that have found a successful path can strengthen your accountability journalism and better serve your audiences.

For help using data in your solutions reporting, whether you’re seeking advice on acquiring datasets or help making sense of an Excel spreadsheet — or specialized training on positive deviants — contact our data specialist, Matthew Kauffman.

Digging Deeper by Issue

We’re building communities of practice around solutions coverage of society’s most urgent challenges through our issue-driven initiatives. SJN initiatives bring together journalists and newsrooms to pursue similar projects on specific topics, and we share these learnings and related information and resources for reporters through Solutions in Focus. Currently, we’re focusing on climate, economic mobility, democracy, and health.

Stay Connected

Our weekly flagship newsletter Above the Fold, focuses on opportunities for journalists, celebrates newsrooms doing great work, and shares news from our world.

The Whole Story blog features tips, tools, and case studies. Do you work in a small newsroom that’s wondering how to do solutions stories? We’ve written about that. Want to raise money to support solutions reporting? We’ve written about that, too, and much more.