Share on Google Plus Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Share on PInterest Share on Fark! Share on Reddit Share on StumbleUpon Tell A Friend

Printer Friendly Page Save As Favorite View Favorites   No comments
Articles

Solutions Journalism and OpEdNews

By   Follow Me on Twitter     Message Meryl Ann Butler     Permalink
      (Page 1 of 1 pages)
Related Topic(s): ; ; ; , Add Tags Add to My Group(s)

View Ratings | Rate It

storycon.org Headlined to H1 1/24/15

Author 90

Originally Published on OpEdNews


If you've been hanging out on OpEdNews for a while, maybe you've noticed that we've been moving toward a kinder, friendlier, more positive model. We've encouraged more civil communication in comments and we are also integrating more positive, forward-moving coverage of current events, via the "Solutions Journalism" model.

The ways that journalists choose to report the news can contribute to changes in society that help build a better world. "Solutions Journalism" goes beyond just reporting the standard news--it involves reporting on solutions, too. Often these are under-reported stories that can have a valuable impact, since exploring the answers that have worked in some areas can promote the development of answers in others.

Solutions Journalism Network (SJN) was co-founded by David Bornstein and Tina Rosenberg, veteran reporters who write the Fixes column at The New York Times; and Courtney E. Martin, a journalist and author.

The SJN website notes:
"The field of journalism has traditionally been resistant to seeing responses as legitimate fodder for investigation. Some reporters and editors fear it will be perceived as advocacy, fluff, or PR. Here at the Solutions Journalism Network (SJN), our mission is to change that perception. We define solutions journalism as rigorous, compelling coverage of responses to social problems--reporting done with the highest of journalistic standards. We're already working with a network of over 30 newsrooms and hundreds of individual journalists to demonstrate that solid solutions journalism need not be feared. To the contrary, it's an important, underused tool in a reporter's pocket."

In addition, the founders say, "The main goal of solutions stories is to yield practical insights for society about how a problem, or similar problems, could be more successfully addressed."

 
SJN offers a downloadable, 48-page Solutions Journalism Toolkit pdf, with valuable tips for everyone from journalism students to veteran print journalists. It's currently offered at no charge, and includes chapters like "How do I conduct a solutions- oriented interview?" (page 20) and "How do I structure a solutions journalism story?" (page 28). You can download this helpful resource here.

OEN looks forward to hearing your thoughts about this perspective, via your comments below, as well as to your submissions of "Solutions Journalism" articles!

 

View Ratings | Rate It

Meryl Ann Butler is an artist, author, educator and OpedNews Managing Editor who has been actively engaged in utilizing the arts as stepping-stones toward joy-filled wellbeing for over 25 years. She studied art with Harold Ransom Stevenson in Sea Cliff NY for seven years before opening her own art school. Stevenson had (more...)
 

Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon



Go To Commenting
The views expressed in this article are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.

Follow Me on Twitter

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

Solutions Journalism and OpEdNews (5004 views)

The Return of the Sacred Feminine: Sophia in Politics and Life (527 views)

Total Views: 5531

Top Content
in the Last 2 Days
(by Page Views)

Comparing Seven Different Story Paradigms by Chris Huntley (10)

Snuggling Up to Celebrities Not Part of Journalism Training by Walter Brasch (7)

New York City Book Expo = Book Exposure by Scott Baker (6)

Novelist Corban Addison Tackles Human Trafficking in "A Walk Across the Sun" by Joan Brunwasser (5)

Happy Blog-iversary (and A Half) to Me by Arlene Goldbard (5)

Intvw Transcript: James Risen--Tips on Investigative Journalism and Living With Prison Hanging Over His Head by Rob Kall (4)

Writing For Life: Writing and Authoring by Kamala B. Sarup (4)

Emerging Archetypal Themes: Service Without Self-Sacrifice: Virgo: Mistress of Spices by Cathy Pagano (4)

What Creates Passion and Passionate People, and What Defeats it In Us? Interview with Gregg Levoy by Rob Kall (4)

Ethical Lessons from Kanazawa: Recommendations for Writers and Editors by Mikhail Lyubansky (4)

National Short Story Month: Five Questions with Four Writers by Bill Wetzel (4)

How Do You Finance Your Writing Habit? by J.L. Morin (4)

How To Become a Highly Paid Author by Tom Corson-Knowles (4)

Writing Stories to Change the World by Rob Kall (4)

Emerging Archetypal Themes: Aries, The Male Hero & Oz, The Great and Powerful by Cathy Pagano (3)

Talking about Apocalypse and Why the World Doesn't End: Interview Transcript Michael Meade by Rob Kall (3)

Emerging Archetypal Themes: Service Without Self-Sacrifice: Virgo: 'Mistress of Spices' by Cathy Pagano (3)

Storytelling and Reconciliation by Gifford Keen (3)

The Forgotten Art of Letter Writing".. by Yasmeen Ali (3)

National Short Story Month: Five Questions with Five Writers by Bill Wetzel (3)

Emerging Archetypal Themes: Libra, Dangerous Beauty and The Art of Relationship by Cathy Pagano (3)

The Coming Age of Story by James Bonnet (3)

National Short Story Month: Five Questions with Stephen Graham Jones by Bill Wetzel (3)

Pretty Profiles Are Fine, but Where are Stories of Powerful Women? by Elayne Clift (3)

Transcript Arlene Goldbard: Bottom-up Self-Censorship, Top-down Consensus Reality by Rob Kall (3)

Go To Top 50 Most Popular