AuthorErin Moran

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

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Addiction touches approximately two-thirds of Americans. Much of the stigma surrounding addiction stems from the idea that people “choose” this, rather than viewing substance use disorder as a medical condition. Only 16 states in the United States have recovery high schools. Furthermore, only 20 states have collegiate recovery programs. Although many 12-step programs were built around...

10 Ways We Can Incorporate Solutions Into Our Addiction Reporting

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By: Erin Moran Focus on the “how.” It’s easy to simply report on a problem, but it’s not solutions journalism without solutions backed by evidence and data. The who, what, when and why of the problem are important, but it’s the how that makes a piece solutions-driven journalism. Addiction is easy to point to as a problem, but a good solutions-driven story will...

5 Things I Learned from Jean Friedman-Rudovsky

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In order to be objective, it’s important to address both the benefits of a possible solution as well as its faults. Solutions journalism requires time and patience. It takes time with sources, immersion in the environment and variety or voices and experiences in order to tell a whole story in an interesting way within its own context. Word choice is important. It’s important to take...

10 Things I Learned From the Solutions Journalism Tool Kit

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1. Solutions journalism has a few key characteristics To be considered solutions journalism, a story must meet several criteria, like explaining the causes of a social problem, presenting a response to that problem, focusing on the problem-solving process, presenting evidence of results and more. Overall, important factors of solutions journalism are a problem, possible responses, results-based...