Solutions journalism is a tool that’s appropriate some of the time. It’s not useful for breaking news, or for stories that are completely sui generis. Here are the tests:
As a health reporter, you’ll come across many, many issues that lend themselves to a solutions focus. It’s actually difficult to think of health issues where you couldn’t use this. Very few health problems are seen only in one place – and responses that have been tried and proven in one community probably have value elsewhere.
Stories about the big problems are important to do, of course. But if you don’t vary the menu, your readers are going to burn out — and so will you. If you live in an area hard-hit by opioid addiction, you have likely done story after story about the human toll. Concern and outrage are widespread. What’s missing, though, is knowledge about what people and institutions are doing to solve it.
As those drug ads exhort us: Ask yourself if a solutions approach is right for you!
Does this mean that "solution journalism brings out the problem for others to see as well as the response that people are trying to use in tackling in it"?
Another insight from here is learning about or paying fresh solution angles to a big, often-talked-about (health) problem.
"Solutions Journalism helps to hold leaders accountable by taking away their excuses." I agree! 👌