Tools

The Solutions Journalism Network is in the process of developing a series of tools to assist writers and editors in reframing their coverage from a more solutions-oriented viewpoint. We hope these tools will inspire new story ideas, help overcome writer’s block, provoke different interview questions, and more.

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How I Got That Story
: SJN has reached out to journalists across the country who write or broadcast evidence-rich, nuanced, compelling work. They have different beats and work in various types of media. But they have at least one thing in common: a commitment to serving the public by covering solutions. Check out our Q&As with these journalists doing great solutions journalism.

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Ten Questions
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Are you thinking about researching a solutions-oriented story, but aren’t sure what it should include?  We’ve come up with ten questions we ask ourselves when we’re evaluating whether  stories are solutions-based or not.

 

 

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Afterthought

 

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.

 

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Reporter's Guide to Maternal Health


Guide to Maternal Health and Guide to Food SecurityWe 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.

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Deseret News cover

 

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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