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Images & Voices of Hope | December 2, 2020

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Solutions Journalism Network publishes helpful toolkit

Solutions Journalism Network publishes helpful toolkit

David Bornstein, cofounder of the Solutions Journalism Network, spoke at ivoh’s 2014 summit. 



Our friends at the Solutions Journalism Network have published a compelling, 48-page toolkit for journalists and editors who want to incorporate solutions reporting into their work.

It can be difficult to get newsrooms to buy into new forms of storytelling, but a toolkit like this can make it easier — by explaining how to identify this type of reporting and why it’s important.

Here are some of the many questions the toolkit addresses:

  • How can I bring a solutions focus to my beat?
  • How do I find a solutions-oriented story?
  • How can I bring a solutions lens to short pieces?
  • How do I pitch a solutions-oriented story?
  • How do I conduct interviews for a solutions-oriented story?

The toolkit also offers up examples of solutions reporting and breaks them down paragraph by paragraph to explain how they work.

There’s a growing number of organizations like the Solutions Journalism Network and Images & Voices of Hope that are advocating for new types of storytelling, including solutions journalism, restorative narrative, constructive journalism, and more. New research suggests that these storytelling forms are important — for media practitioners and news consumers alike.

People’s appetite for news is changing, and with that change comes opportunity — to tell stories that shift the traditional journalistic focus from tragedy to recovery, from problems to solutions.

As the Solutions Journalism Network’s toolkit explains:

“The old thinking: we might compromise our professionalism by covering solutions. The new thinking: we compromise our professionalism by not covering solutions. As journalists, our job is to hold up an accurate mirror to society. If we fail to cover the many ways people and institutions are trying to solve problems — successful or not — we fail to do our jobs. If we only cover the systemic problems in schools and ignore the models that are working to improve education, we are not telling the whole story.”


Related: David Bornstein: To create social change, focus on solutions | Tina Rosenberg: ‘Covering solutions to problems … has the potential to make society stronger’Solutions Journalism Network’s David Bornstein: ‘Problems scream, but the solutions whisper’ | How constructive journalism, solutions journalism, and Restorative Narrative are changing the media landscape | What if journalists covered solutions as much as they covered problems?