AuthorDanielle Nick

Solutions Journalism vs. Traditional Journalism: What is the Best Method to Tell a Story?

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The differences between a solutions oriented story from a traditional news story is astounding. I read two articles about addiction, but the messages in each story were completely different. The authors took opposite routes to tell their stories, and I found the solutions story more compelling and uplifting. Here are descriptions of the stories: Is Addiction Just a Matter of Choice? – John...

What I Learned From The Anonymous People

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Addiction is one of America’s most under-financed and ignored public health problems. Our current criminal justice system is flawed. Many times, people are incarcerated for drug-related offenses. In reality, they need recovery to heal, not jail time. The media often focuses on the negative stories about celebrities and drugs. Instead, it would be beneficial for society to hear more about...

How To Incorporate Solutions Into Our Addiction Reporting

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1.) Find a story that responds to a social problem. Specifically, find out what is working in terms of long-term recovery. “Solutions journalism is rigorous and compelling reporting about responses to social problems.” 2. ) In order to find solutions story ideas and incorporate solutions into our addiction reporting, know where to look and what to ask. I.E. Where: Peer-reviewed academic papers I...

Useful Tips From Journalist, Jean Friedman-Rudovsky

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  Solutions journalism is simply another, useful way to tell a story; you don’t have to think of it as a whole separate entity from traditional journalism. Data is often an important component in a solutions driven story. Numbers help to tie the story together and describe exactly how well something is working. Choosing appropriate language is important. Jean suggested we all describe...

10 Lessons From The Solutions Journalism Toolkit

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The definition of Solutions Journalism is: “rigorous, compelling reporting about responses to social problems.” There are specific questions you should ask when writing a solutions-oriented story to make sure you stay on the right track. Solutions Journalism is not “think tank” journalism or advocacy. Solutions journalism increases reader engagement and can have a real impact. There isn’t always...