Beat the Clock

A major solutions project takes time but it’s not the only way to introduce solutions journalism into a newscast.

  • Including a solutions angle in the tag to a story or an on-set debriefer can be step one, leading to a follow-up story that digs more deeply into what’s working and why.
  • Day-turn solutions stories are feasible, especially if they’re set up in advance or targeted for the next morning’s newscasts.
  • Producers can showcase solutions elements in graphics or anchor packages so a reporter doesn’t always have to be taken out of the daily mix.

“We look for different ways to showcase the solutions as part of a breakout or the story itself. We use the term solutions in the lead-in.”

Mike Jantzen
Senior News Producer, WXIA (Atlanta, GA)