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Learn How to Do Solutions Journalism

Solutions journalism can advance your reporting with a new range of tools and approaches. Here’s what you need to get started:

  • For Newsrooms:

    Join our next Solutions 101 webinar. We also have a Basic Toolkit available in more than a dozen languages. And our region-based SJN representatives can discuss advanced training opportunities and potential connections with peer news organizations. We work with newsrooms of all sizes and across all platforms in the U.S. and around the world.

    We offer specialized trainings for TV networks and station groups. These online, live, interactive workshops are tailored to your needs and goals. We also offer a dedicated Slack channel where participants can share questions and get answers quickly..

    TV networks and station groups interested in learning more can reach out to Carolyn Robinson, director of broadcast partnerships.

  • For individual journalists:

    Our Basic Toolkit (available in over a dozen languages) is a good place to start. Or join our next Solutions 101 webinar.

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Beyond the basics, we offer a number of resources to help you deepen your solutions journalism practice. Start with the online resources on our website, including toolkits that can help you craft solutions coverage about health, education, economic mobility and violence. We also have a guide for editors and for journalists interested in starting collaboratives. Find all our toolkits here.

The Whole Story, our blog, regularly features tips, tools and case studies. Do you work in a small newsroom that’s wondering how to do solutions stories? We’ve written about that. Want to raise money to support solutions reporting? We’ve written about that, too, and much more.

As part of our work to center equity and inclusion, we’re giving journalists tools to provide more accurate narratives about marginalized communities. Asset-Framing is the practice of defining people by their assets and contributions before noting their challenges. We’re working with Trabian Shorters of BMe to train journalists in how to recognize and use Asset-Framing, with the goal of helping repair the destructive narratives that people of color have condemned as complicit in violence and oppression. Stay tuned for more information on how to participate in an upcoming Asset-Framing training.

We also offer online webinars on topics ranging from audience engagement to how to find and vet data for solutions stories. Find out about upcoming sessions here:

Our newsletters can keep you updated on everything new related to solutions journalism. Above the Fold, our flagship newsletter, focuses on opportunities for journalists, celebrates newsrooms doing great work, and shares news from our world.

You also can find us at conferences and events around the world. Here’s what’s coming up:

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Accredited Solutions Journalism Trainers

Looking for a training in your region or in your language? Around the world, we have accredited trainers who are solutions journalism pros. They would love to hear from you. To reach any of these trainers, please contact Nina Fasciaux and Kyuwon Lee.

Africa

Abaas Mpindi

Abaas Mpindi

Uganda

Aché Adoum Attimer

Aché Adoum Attimer

Chad / Senegal

Adaobi N. Ezeokoli

Adaobi N. Ezeokoli

Nigeria

Chibuike Alagboso

Chibuike Alagboso

Nigeria

Dina Aboughazala

Dina Aboughazala

Egypt / Turkey

Esther Nakazzi

Esther Nakazzi

Uganda

Seun Durojaiye

Seun Durojaiye

Nigeria

Asia-Pacific

Corinne Podger

Corinne Podger

Australia

Portia Ladrido

Portia Ladrido

Phillippines

Sanne Breimer

Sanne Breimer

The Netherlands / Indonesia

Swati Sanyal Tarafdar

Swati Sanyal Tarafdar

India

Europe

Catherine Edwards

Catherine Edwards

Austria

Charlotte Horn

Charlotte Horn

Germany

Elena Ledda

Elena Ledda

Spain

Esma Kučukalić

Esma Kučukalić

Spain / Bosnia and Herzegovina

Hanna Liubakova

Hanna Liubakova

Belarus / Poland

Jeremy Druker

Jeremy Druker

Czech Republic

Jessica Phelan

Jessica Phelan

Italy

Justina Ilkevičiūtė

Justina Ilkevičiūtė

Lithuania

Karel Smouter

Karel Smouter

The Netherlands

Lisa Urlbauer

Lisa Urlbauer

Germany

Lucie Černá

Lucie Černá

Czech Republic

Mara Bierbach

Mara Bierbach

Bonn

Meenal Thakur

Meenal Thakur

The Netherlands / Belgium

Nicole Ely

Nicole Ely

Czech Republic

Rhiannon Davies

Rhiannon Davies

Scotland

Rim Mathlouthi

Rim Mathlouthi

France / Tunisia

Sophie Roland

Sophie Roland

France

Reporting Resources

Finding Story Ideas

If you’re looking for some inspiration for your next solutions story, check out 77 Places to Find SJ Story Ideas — a crowdsourced list of the databases, innovator networks, think tanks and online resources our journalists have used to report solutions stories.

Our Solutions Story Tracker® is a curated, searchable database of solutions journalism stories. It offers an inspiring and useful collection of the thousands of ways people are working to solve problems around the world.

Reporting resource Source: Mikhael Simmonds

Got an idea for a journalist in our network to cover? You can share your tip (and browse the tips others have shared) in our Solutions Leads Database.

Story Brainstorming Sessions

So you’ve learned the basics of solutions journalism and have a brilliant idea for a solutions story or project, but you’d like a little support to get from idea to publication.

We’re here to help. Apply for a spot in our monthly online story workshops here.

Finding and Vetting Data

Strong solutions reporting requires rigorous, evidence-based analysis of how people are responding to problems. That often means finding and evaluating data that illuminates how well an effort is working — the school-based initiative that really does reduce absenteeism, for example, or government policies that have reduced opiate overdoses.

We can help you develop the data skills you need, including how to identify “positive deviants” — outliers in data that might point to a place that has found success and is making a difference. Often, journalists look through data to find failures — the highest poverty rates, the bleakest health outcomes. But that’s not the only story data can tell. And reporting on places that have found a successful path can strengthen your accountability journalism and better serve your audiences.

For help using data in your solutions reporting, whether you’re seeking advice on acquiring datasets or help making sense of an Excel spreadsheet — or specialized training on positive deviants — contact our data specialist, Matthew Kauffman.