Solutions Journalism Network, Inc.

For General Operating Support

  • Amount
    $250,000
  • Program
  • Date Awarded
    11/17/2014
  • Term
    26 Months
  • Type of Support
    General Support/Organization
Overview
In contrast to much of traditional journalism, which focuses on problems and crises, Solutions Journalism Network aims to legitimize rigorous, compelling reporting about solutions. Their theory is that a lack of understanding and urgency around promising or demonstrably successful solutions limit their potential, and that focusing on solutions is a journalistic practice that will strengthen society’s capacity to galvanize action and address problems. 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 longstanding approaches, meet growing audience demand, and satisfy publisher needs.
About the Grantee
Address
79 Madison Avenue, 2 FL #224
New York, NY 10016
Grants to this Grantee
for general operating support  
The Solutions Journalism Network works to shift the focus of the journalistic community from reporting on problems to also increasing public awareness about creative solutions being explored to address society’s challenges. This grant will support the group’s ongoing work, including the launch of a new focus area surfacing and disseminating stories about how Americans and their institutions are working to renew democracy. The focus area will confront the reigning narrative of polarization and political dysfunction with evidence that democracy is, in fact, being remade today in ways unseen and largely unreported.
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.

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