AuthorGrace Shallow

Comparing news reporting with solutions reporting

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This drug can break opioid addiction. Why aren’t we using it?  This story by Mother Jones talked about the positive effects of buprenorphine — it’s more difficult to abuse than methadone and patients don’t typically need to go to the clinic everyday for a dosage. It also mentions the Office-Based Buprenorphine Induction clinic in San Francisco, which helps patients without...

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

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23 million Americans have found and sustained recovery. Addiction costs the country $350 billion every year, but only 2 percent of that goes toward prevention. You’ll commonly hear advocates of recovery use phrases like “Hi, my name is [BLANK] and I am a person in long-term recovery which means to me, [BLANK].” If the public treated addiction the way it treats breast cancer or...

10 Ways to Incorporate Solutions Journalism Into Our Reporting

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Remember that solutions journalism is still a way to be a watchdog, just with a larger scope.  That means that we are trying to find and report on the response to problems, not just issues. This is important to keep in mind during our daily lives as journalists and students. Keep in mind good ways to find solutions journalism stories.  Some sources that can lead to evidence, sources or even...

5 Things I Learned From Jean Friedman-Rudovsky

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Don’t victimize characters. Just like the Solutions Journalism Toolkit says not to write a piece with “hero worship,” Friedman-Rudovksy said to focus on the complexities of the characters. That may mean digging deeper and making your main character someone that doesn’t seem as compelling at first glance. Be respectful and conscientious of people’s stories before and...

10 things I learned from the Solutions Journalism Toolkit

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Solutions journalism is a way to tell a whole story.  As journalists, we are responsible to tell the whole truth. That means, if we are reporting about a problem, we should tell readers a way to solve it. Try to avoid making a character a “hero.” Things seem to get fluffy when you talk about how amazing or altruistic the founder of a program is.  Show the reader, through anecdotes or...