In contrast to much of traditional journalism, which focuses on problems and crises, Solutions Journalism Network aims to legitimize rigorous, compelling reporting about solutions. Launched in 2013 by acclaimed industry veterans, it has found early success at providing targeted funding, strategic connections, and training for journalists on how this practice can fit within their long-standing approaches, meet growing audience demand, and satisfy publisher needs. This capacity-building grant will help the organization implement better tools and systems for "social listening," with the goal of better understanding the links between solutions journalism and shifts in public discourse.
About the Grantee
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Grants to this Grantee
for general operating support
SJN’s mission is to legitimize and integrate into standard journalistic practice the rigorous coverage of responses to social problems — with a focus on increasing awareness and understanding of how creative approaches are achieving results. This work addresses a critical blind spot in journalism: Reporters cover the world’s problems, but they regularly overlook or undervalue helpful or promising responses to those problems, even when they show evidence of effectiveness. As a result, people know far more about what’s wrong with society than what’s being done to improve it.