The Solutions Journalism Network is in the process of developing a series of tools to assist journalists. We have several tools active on the site, including:
Questions & Checklist: Are you thinking about researching a solutions-oriented story, but aren’t sure what it should include? Check out our “10 Questions” and our “Solutions Journalism Checklist.”
Solutions Journalism Imposters: We’ve found that for many people, it’s helpful to understand what we mean by the term “solutions journalism” by explaining what it’s not. This page explains the top 7 SoJo imposters we see in the media.
Guide to Maternal Health and Guide to Food Security: We created two issue-specific guidebooks for journalists. The books include maps with countries that are “positive deviants” (examples where outcomes are significantly and unexpectedly better than the norm); overviews of the main challenges; descriptions of some responses to the problems; advice from other journalists about reporting these issues; annotations of solutions-oriented stories on these topics; and a list of resources.
Case Study: Utah’s Deseret News: The Deseret News went from significant cutbacks in the newsroom to being the fastest growing paper in the country. Did its transition to a more solutions-oriented approach have something to do with it? Discover tips from a newsroom taking a new approach to journalism, in this case study written by a group of students at Brigham Young University.
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