AuthorJim McCormick

Covering chaos: Addiction coverage could focus more on solutions than statistics

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Having covered the college recruiting circuit in high school football before, I’m familiar with the growing narrative of injured players developing opioid addictions. The pressure is enormous, from peers, parents, coaches, and even school administrators, for players to get back on the field after suffering injuries in what is an inescapably violent sport. The destructive journey from...

The Anonymous People offers an optimistic advocacy narrative we can learn from

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I wasn’t aware of the presence of sober high schools and dormitories on college campuses. The presence of such institutions is emboldening, as continuity of community in a sober lifestyle proves pivotal to developing a safe and strong social structure for those in recovery. The advocacy work of Senator Harold Hughes was vital to shifting policy and perception at the legislative level...

Incorporating Solutions Into Our Addiction Reporting Requires an Eye on Data

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Reporting must reveal a response to a problem beyond intention, as solid evidence sourced through research is requisite to qualify as solutions journalism. Our reporting shouldn’t lend itself to subjective advocacy, instead relying on expertise of credible analysis in a given field. A teachable lesson from a working response model is a key goal of a solutions piece. Revealing working models...

Five Things I Learned from Jean Friedman-Rudovsky

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  Accurate data is imperative to solutions journalism. A particular thesis or angle in a story requires research and expertise, which is often represented in statistical data. Friedman-Rudovsky provides data in her piece to support the efficacy of the mother/child model of recovery houses. Without this research, the piece becomes a supposition or opinion piece, well outside of the solutions...

10 Lessons from The Solutions Journalism Toolkit

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In an effort to support society’s evolving information needs by telling stories about credible responses to societal problems, professional journalists David Bornstein, Courtney Martin, and Tina Rosenberg founded The Solutions Journalism Network in 2012. Below are 10 key takeaways from the network’s toolkit, which canvasses the scope and details the core elements of solutions journalism...