A workshop focused on how to report stories that don’t shy away from big problems but help communities see where systemic change might be possible.
When the CDC tells people to limit their news diet because it can make them depressed, we know we need to do something different. The solution is not light, happy news, which may go down easy but lacks depth and substance — and doesn’t offer any real hope for a better future. Luckily, there is a middle ground, stories that don’t shy away from big problems but help communities see where systemic change might be possible.
This is called solutions journalism and in this interactive, hands-on workshop, attendees will learn:
— how to identify solutions-focused stories on responses to social problems
— how to find and vet evidence about the impact of those responses
— how to write such stories in ways that highlight what’s working while also addressing caveats and limitations.
Call it investigative reporting on what’s going right.
- Mikhael Simmonds
Northeast Manager of Newsrooms, Multimedia Lead, Solutions Journalism Network
- Israel Balderas
assistant professor of journalism, Palm Beach Atlantic University, Florida