AuthorEmily Scott

Comparing news and solutions reporting

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Solutions:  News:  In an article that appeared on the NPR site titled “Why Not Start Addiction Treatment Right In The ER?” the story discusses the work of Dr. Gail D’Onofrio, chief of emergency medicine at Yale University’s medical school, and her colleagues. The team tested whether prescribing medicine to ease withdrawal symptoms and combining that with brief counseling...

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

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Alcholics Anonymous was started in 1935 by Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob Smith in Akron, Ohio. There are 2 million members of AA worldwide and the book “Alcoholics Anonymous,” now in its fourth edition, has sold over 30 million copies. Marty Mann, an early member of Alcoholics Anonymous, became one of the first women to be outspoken about recovery. She wrote a chapter of the AA book called...

10 ways to incorporate solutions into addiction reporting

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Good solutions journalism doesn’t shy away from the imperfections. We can talk about the issue at hand and research it, then through this research, we can find solutions that may or may not be working. Do lots of preparation before an interview. Learn the who, what, when, where and why about the organization or person you are interviewing. Check their website and other articles. Observe the...

5 Things I Learned from Jean Friedman-Rudovsky

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It is a good practice to follow up with your subjects and share the story. Often times, we, as journalists, move on quickly to our next piece and forget about how important and sometimes hard it was for the subject to share the story. Make sure they get the chance to read it and hopefully feel the impact that sharing their story has made. When covering sensitive topics, like reentry or addiction...

10 Things I Learned From the Solutions Journalism Toolkit

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Solutions journalism can increase reader engagement. Solutions stories are more likely to be shared on social media, according to the toolkit, because they can make readers feel less apathetic or cynical about the problem. You may find a solution first and have to back up to understand the overlying problem and vice versa. Solutions journalists aren’t claiming that what they are writing...