1. Education Lab: Moving the Needle [Video]

    May 28, 2015

    We’re thrilled to unveil this overview video of Education Lab, the Seattle Times series that’s the result of a partnership between the Times and the Solutions Journalism Network. Since the fall of 2013, EdLab has surfaced responses to challenges in public education in the Pacific Northwest, from promising university programs and an unlikely success story in IB, to deep-dives into school discipline and early learning. As the series reaches the end of its second year, we look at what kind of an impact solutions reporting on education has had on the Times and in the community.


  2. The Whole Story (in an Instant): Featuring John Higgins

    July 28, 2015

    We’re asking journalists in our network the big questions: How can journalism help create a better world? Where do you see solutions journalism in ten years? What kind of stories and information can help the world self-correct? What’s your vision for a better journalism?

    Today we’re featuring John Higgins, a reporter for the Seattle Times’ Education Lab who covers on responses to challenges in public education.


  3. 5 excellent video solutions stories

    July 27, 2015

    We’re always getting asked if solutions stories are just written pieces. In a word: nope! We’ve compiled here 5 great examples of solutions journalism on video on varying topics, some short, some long, but all taking a look at what’s working, and how people are responding to widely-shared challenges. Enjoy!


    1. Norwegian Prisons

    Vice News, August 2011
    Ryan Duffy

    The U.S has 5% of the world’s population, and 25% of its prisoners. The federal prison population has spiked almost 800% since 1980, and its recidivism rate is about 70%. Something’s not working. Vice News traveled to Norway’s Bastoey Prison to explore what they do differently. To start, the longest prison sentence is 21 years, so almost everyone is eventually released back into society. This reality effects their approach in the prisons: instead of retribution, Norway’s prison system focuses on rehabilitation and socialization so they can be more easily reintegrated upon release. Norway’s recidivism rate? 40%.

     

    2. Maine exploring alternative models of justice

    Al Jazeera America, July 16, 2015

    The Restorative Justice Project of the Mid Coast in Belfast, Maine, is experimenting with traditional Native-American methods of criminal justice. Prisoners are being let out from prison early, so long as they attend meetings with other offenders and reflect on what they did. The short video from Al Jazeera explains the process and it gives data on how the program has been successful at reducing recidivism rates.

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  4. The Whole Story (in an Instant): Featuring Liz Goodwin

    July 21, 2015

    We’re asking journalists in our network the big questions: How can journalism help create a better world? Where do you see solutions journalism in ten years? What kind of stories and information can help the world self-correct? What’s your vision for a better journalism?

    Today we’re featuring Liz Goodwin, a reporter for Yahoo! News who reports on criminal justice issues.