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About the Learning Lab

What it is

Learning Lab is the Solutions Journalism Network’s digital classroom. It reflects what we’ve learned in working with thousands of reporters, producers, and editors since 2012. It also showcases what those journalists have learned—best practices, advice, and models from newsroom staffers and freelancers who have brought the solutions approach into their work.

There’s a lot to explore here. We suggest starting with The Basics—a toolkit that gets to the core of solutions reporting: What it is, why it’s important, and how to do it. From there, you can explore one of an ever-increasing universe of guides that apply the solutions lens to key newsroom beats—education, health, violence, and, soon, more. You can navigate this at your own pace, and in any direction; the best path depends completely on your interests.

How we got here

In January 2015, we launched the inaugural Solutions Journalism Toolkit as a hefty PDF guide. It was downloaded by thousands of individuals in all 50 states and 122 countries in its first year. We followed it with an Editors Guide and a beat-specific Education Guide. With the launch of Learning Lab, we're giving you an updated curriculum and a more integrated approach that will continue to evolve.

Throughout Learning Lab, you’ll see that we’ve augmented the curriculum with video interviews, illustrative case studies, expert advice from other journalists, and other resources—sort of “extra credit” reading that we think brings depth and detail to the core material. We’ve also linked to dozens of relevant stories from the Solutions Story Tracker™ that bring these lessons to life. We’ll continually add new resources, and new story links, to highlight the latest and best of what we’re seeing.

Where we're going

One more thing: Learning Lab is not a finished product. It will evolve as journalists around the world find new and improved ways to do solutions reporting, and as the universe of great solutions stories expands. Which is to say, we’re counting on you to make Learning Lab better. Let us know if you have questions, advice, or stories that other journalists should know about. And be sure to join The Hub, where Learning Lab comes alive in real-time learning, sharing, and collaboration.

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AS A MEMBER, YOU WILL BE ABLE TO:
  • Access our training curriculum or attend a training
  • Share your stories
  • Join a local community of journalists
  • Attend story workshops and events to hone your craft
  • Get funding and additional support
  • Access the full Solutions Story Tracker™
  • Save favorite stories and create collections in your user profile
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AS A MEMBER, YOU WILL BE ABLE TO:
  • Access the full Solutions Story Tracker™
  • Explore curated collections of stories and resources about topics that you care about
  • Create and share your own collections of stories
  • Access and share teaching resources (and coming soon, student resources!)
  • Connect with others using solutions journalism in their courses
TO JOIN, PLEASE SUBMIT THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION (*=REQUIRED)

Journalist or J-School? Register here instead.

AS A MEMBER, YOU WILL BE ABLE TO:
  • Access the full Solutions Story Tracker™ database
  • Create and customize your own collections of stories
TO JOIN, PLEASE SUBMIT THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION (*=REQUIRED)

Journalist or J-School? Register here instead.

Help us grow our database of solutions stories! Please enter the following information. Our staff will review the story, and if it meets our criteria (see below), it will be added to the Solutions Story Tracker™.

Great suggestion! So great, that we already have that story listed in the Solutions Story Tracker™. View it here.

It may take a few weeks to see your piece in the Solutions Story Tracker™, as we have a backlog of submissions longer than Ben Hur that we’re diligently working to eliminate. We appreciate your patience.

SJN'S CRITERIA FOR GOOD SOLUTIONS JOURNALISM:
  • Can be character-driven, but focuses in-depth on a response to a problem and how the response works in meaningful detail
  • Focuses on effectiveness, not good intentions, presenting available evidence of results
  • Discusses the limitations of the approach
  • Seeks to provide insight that others can use

Hearing from Hub members is the best part of our day after coffee.

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Add stories to your collection from your list of Favorites below, or add stories directly to a collection from Search or Discover. Anytime you see the collection icon you can add a story. Just click the icon and follow the instructions on your screen.

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Add stories directly from your Favorites, or Search for stories in our database.

If you come across a story you want to add to a collection, click the Collection icon and follow the instructions on your screen.

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Photo Credits: Almudena Toral; Gabe Hernandez/Corpus Christi Caller-Times; Cody Pope; Matt Stokes

All other photos are licensed under Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike 2.0 Generic Creative Commons license, and are credited to the following photographers: Rowan El Shimi; Samuele Arcidiacono; Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum 2017 © DW/H. W. Lamberz

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