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Our newsroom partners have experienced the mutually reinforcing relationship between solutions journalism and engagement: Solutions reporting can improve the quality of public discourse, which strengthens audience and community trust – and, in turn, informs future reporting. Some partners have spoken about the profound effect engagement activities have had on individual and collective perceptions of a journalist’s role and responsibility in society. Others have re-engineered their entire newsroom practice around deep and personal relationships with audiences.
Each newsroom has different needs, resources, and challenges when it comes to solutions-oriented engagement. This diagnostic can help you think through your objectives and intended impact, which will in turn direct you to relevant case studies, tactics, and advice within this guide.
What do you hope to achieve through community engagement? What elements are missing from your current engagement strategies? How would your solutions coverage be better served by engagement? Explore any of the objectives or impacts above.