Solutions journalism consists of substantive, compelling stories about potential or proven responses to pressing social problems. Solutions journalism goes beyond the traditional five Ws of journalism—who, what, when, where, why—to the missing H, the how. Using the traditional tools of journalism, and placing emphasis on evidence-based models, the solutions journalist contextualizes a story, summarizes and analyzes how a model is functioning, and looks for compelling narratives to bring it to life. If applicable, the journalist will also discuss an idea’s limitations and draw out teachable lessons from a narrative.
This section of the website will show how these principles have been actualized, through examples of stories that we believe adhere to the principles of solutions journalism particularly well. We offer examples across all types of media.