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Above The Fold

SJN’s flagship newsletter, filled with opportunities, tools, news and resources from the world of solutions journalism

  • Nov 29, 2022 - Solutions Journalism Network announces a major new partnership with The Associated Press, allowing solutions stories to be republished widely.
  • Nov 23, 2022 - The What’s Working Factbox has officially launched. With a simple line of code, newsrooms can direct audiences to their solutions journalism stories, extending their reach and delivering SoJo when people most want it.
  • Nov 16, 2022 - 10 highly-regarded journalism industry leaders have joined the advisory council creating a solutions journalism awards program; two journalists go behind the scenes to show their process for creating a solutions story; a bevy of solutions (and solutions-adjacent) journalism jobs.

The Response

Three great solutions stories around a theme or event to your inbox every other week

  • Nov 17, 2022 - Solutions journalism and investigative journalism go together perfectly. Brent Walth, associate professor of journalism at the University of Oregon, explains how. Then read impactful investigative solutions examples from USA Today, The Cleveland Plain Dealer and The Current.
  • Nov 3, 2022 - Even the most complex problems have effective responses. WRAL examines how guaranteed income assists formerly incarcerated people while reducing arrests; The Philadelphia Inquirer explores a program to aid those who have lost loved ones to gun violence; and Article14 covers a program helping women in India escape abuse.
  • Oct 20, 2022 - Thinking and acting locally can make small but vital progress in the battle against climate change. Stories about biogas technology in Zimbabwe (Global Press Journal), fishpond restoration in Hawaii (Prism) and sail freight in New York (The River) show just how much.

Making The Grade

Resources and lessons for teaching solutions journalism, or using it to teach other subjects

  • Nov 20, 2022 - The psychological benefits of gratitude, along with sharing some for our readers, plus stellar student journalism from the Great Lakes Echo, Changing Florida and Stony Brook’s J-Drive.
  • Nov 6, 2022 - WIth the midterms approaching, we look at strong solutions-focused stories about democracy along with collections you can use in any class where democracy is on the syllabus. Then grab the News Literacy Network’s Election Toolkit. It only seems to get more valuable.

Mobilizing The Economy

Tools and tips to better cover what's working in issues like housing, child care and education

  • Nov 18, 2022 - As climate change hits Louisiana, the New Orleans alt weekly Gambit is looking at successful attempts to begin a “just transition” — a switch to cleaner energy that ensures repair to the communities already harmed and accessible jobs for those who need them.
  • Nov 4, 2022 - Much of the coverage of President Biden’s Student Loan Forgiveness Plan was built around political machinations and public opinion. Very little focused on whether similar programs actually work and how. When approaching policy proposals through the lens of debate and election horseraces, journalists miss a huge chance to inform the public.

Solutions Africa

Updates by and for the newsrooms, journalists, freelancers, policymakers and experts committed to covering responses to social problems across Africa

  • Oct 31, 2022 - Solutions journalism is rising in Africa, but more resources are needed to ensure it is also practiced at a high level; The Daily Trust in northern Nigeria is winning awards for an expanding its solutions coverage; how to apply solutions journalism to science reporting in Africa.
  • Sep 30, 2022 - Investigative journalism meets solutions journalism at a major training in Liberia; The Bridge Magazine, a women-led newsroom in Rwanda uses solutions journalism to “focus on people-centered reporting”; and documentary uses solutions journalism to explore how displaced people access Internet, food and sustainable income in Senegal.


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