1. Introducing the Education Reporter’s Toolkit

    October 6, 2015

    homeedutoolkCommon core. Digital learning. School choice. There is no shortage of solutions when it comes to education. Indeed, many of the major story lines in education are about how to fix its problems: achievement gaps between rich and poor students, unequal access to higher education, high suspension rates, low graduation rates, the mediocre performance of American students on international tests – the list goes on.

    But how to make sense of it all? Education reporters can find themselves wading through complex data sets, conflicting academic research, and competing claims about success and failure. Adopting a solutions lens – digging into the evidence and explaining how various responses work, or don’t work – can help journalists navigate these debates, bring fresh angles to their reporting, and go beyond the political fights that dominate education news.

    The new Education Reporter’s Toolkit, produced by SJN and The Hechinger Report, shows education journalists how to apply the solutions approach to enhance their coverage. It explains some of the most urgent challenges facing schools, pointing to opportunities for high-impact solutions reporting. It parses the tricky landscape of education data, and shows how journalists should search for and treat evidence. It examines actual solutions stories about schools – and offers tips from reporters and editors from The Wall Street Journal, The Seattle Times, and elsewhere who already use a solutions framework regularly in their work.

    High-quality solutions reporting can help turn the often fractious rhetoric around schools into more constructive public discourse that better serves communities. Find out how. Download the free Education Reporter’s Toolkit here. And look for more beat-focused toolkits from SJN over the next year.

  2. Webinar: Reporting on Education (10/7)

    September 24, 2015

    edutoolkIn October’s webinar, we’ll be looking at best practices in reporting on the education beat. We’ll be joined by longtime education reporter and best-selling author Peg Tyre, and editor-in-chief of the Hechinger Report, Liz Willen, to discuss what’s working in education, challenges in reporting on it, and highlighting great resources and databases for journalists to utilize while they’re bouncing between the classroom and the superintendent’s office.


    We’ll also be exploring The Education Reporter’s Toolkit, co-produced by The Solutions Journalism Network and the Hechinger Report (releasing on October 5). This toolkit introduces readers to the basics of solutions journalism, and then quickly dives into how to cover the biggest trends in education, finding and using evidence in sojo stories, fresh approaches to education coverage, and solution story annotations with detailed analysis of how to tackle a meaty subject like technology in the classroom.


    Learning Objectives:
    (1) Identify the best practices in reporting on solutions in education.
    (2) To introduce The Education Reporter’s Toolkit, SJN’s latest resource.
    (3) To highlight and surface organizations and institutions effectively responding to challenges in education.In September’s webinar, we’ll be looking at journalism and the law enforcement beat. How is it covering policing different than other beats? What’s the biggest challenge? How have recent events like the police shootings in Baltimore, Ferguson, and Staten Island changed (or not changed) how the media covers law enforcement? What are effective programs relating to policing that we haven’t heard about? How can a reporter find programs that are working? Is policing an area where many solutions abound?



  3. Taunya English: How I Got That Story

    August 28, 2015


    With support from the Solutions Journalism Network, Taunya English reported on Chicago’s success boosting human papillomavirus vaccine coverage. Her story, “How Chicago is improving HPV vaccination rates,” aired on the health-science show “The Pulse” in Philadelphia on August 3, 2015.

    How I found this story:  

    I’ve been covering health and the healthcare system since before the human papillomavirus vaccine was approved in the United States in 2006. I saw the initial excitement among public health experts, who were pleased to have a tool to prevent, not just a sexually transmitted disease, but cancer later in life.

    It’s been fascinating to follow the vaccine conversation ever since. Fights erupted over efforts to make the vaccine mandatory. Parents and politicians raised concerns about safety. The vaccine was originally approved only for girls and young women. Then, in 2009 as more research on HPV-related cancers emerged, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration also cleared the vaccine for boys and young men. Vaccine rates remained stubbornly low. In recent years, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention began using grant money and other levers of influence to nudge state and city health departments to increase coverage.

    Along the way, I covered local iterations of the story from my home base—first in Baltimore, then Philadelphia. This year, nearly a decade after the vaccine was first approved in the U.S., it was a great time to check in on the story again.

    Searching for Positive Deviants: 

    Early in my reporting, it was clear that a city or state would be a major character in any solutions approach to the story—but which one?

    Because early debates over the HPV vaccine were often tussles between liberals and conservatives, I suspected that public health departments with a reputation as “progressive” might have the highest coverage rates. Other reporters assumed that cities with large public-health budgets are inching fastest toward the CDC’s Healthy People goals. [Read more…]

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