After taking a course on solutions journalism with the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas, James Hall incorporated the approach for a story he wrote for environmental journalism site Mongabay. The story, which focused on the conservation efforts of a small NGO in Colombia called Techo de Agua (Roof of Water), prompted an alliance between the NGO and local researchers, aimed at finding real-world solutions for conservation efforts.
News outlet Otra Economía emerged in Argentina to shift perspectives on the current economic model, fostering dialogue on concepts such as triple impact, circular economy, entrepreneurship, and social innovation. It also offers a workshop for journalists to address social injustice and workplace discrimination.
More than 2,300 participants from 137 countries recently completed the massive open online course (MOOC) "Solutions journalism: New ways of elevating your reporting and engaging audiences." It’s now available as a free self-directed course and can be taken at any time, at your own pace.
The Human Journalism Network, a platform created by Red/Acción from Argentina with the purpose of sharing stories that "portray how people and communities face our most urgent social problems," finished its Global Edition. Fourteen news outlets from different countries joined forces for this edition and its success has them contemplating a third edition for 2024.
Panelists shared at ISOJ their strategies for reporting climate change and recommendations for where coverage can improve. They shared the importance of making stories more personal for readers, re-imagining storytelling, collaborating in the spread of information and promoting optimism through solutions.
In the course, instructor Hugo Balta will dispel common misconceptions about solutions journalism and will give students insights into how solutions journalism can apply to a variety of beats in a variety of mediums, including print, online, and broadcast. He’ll also talk about the impact of solutions journalism, drawing upon related research.
The Sixth Ibero-American Colloquium took place on April 20 and 21, immediately after the Online Symposium for Online Journalism, also organized by the Knight Center. The event gathered dozens of journalists from Latin America and the Iberian Peninsula, and explored three main topics: the sustainability of young news sites, the diversification of their revenue and the expansion of their audiences.