AuthorBrianna Spause

Comparing news and solutions reporting

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Two stories, one subject and very different goals. There is a distinct difference between the approach to covering Addiction in traditional news and solutions journalism formats. Take for example, the coverage of a large confiscation and subsequent arrest by the Philadelphia Police Department as told by Philly.com on Feb. 2. In “Officials announce near-record drug bust” the story...

10 Things I Learned About Addiction and Recovery from The Anonymous People

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1. The recovery process is often shaped by private shame, and public intolerance and policy. 2. Since 1985, drug users have accounted for 80 percent of the increase in prison population. 3. The panic behind the crack epidemic in the ’80s cause those in recovery to recede back into the shadows, and stop being as open about their process. 4. AA works with 2 million people worldwide. 5. Each...

10 Ways to Incorporate Solutions into Addiction Reporting

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1. Start Small. Research the problems with addiction in Philadelphia, and the innovators and organizations that are making a difference. Reach out to academics and scholars, as well as community resources to see where those struggling with addiction can go in this city. 2. Ask what others can learn from your subject. After finding the impactful characters for your story, don’t forget to ask...

5 Things I Learned from Jean Friedman-Rudovsky

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1. Solutions Journalism can be done at any outlet. It doesn’t have to be a separate entity, but rather a different, well-rounded approach to storytelling. 2. Following up with subjects is integral to good journalism. Too often, journalists working internationally and even in their own neighborhoods do not send the stories they write to their subjects, creating the idea that all we do is...

10 Things I Learned About Solutions Journalism From The Solutions Journalism Toolkit

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1. Solutions Journalism is driven by narratives. Though important, Solutions Journalism isn’t all about the steps needed to solve a problem. Stories can and should have characters that create a narrative to drive the story home. This includes voices of people who have experienced the problem on the ground, not just “30,000 foot experts.” 2. Solutions add accuracy...