AuthorTaylor Allen

Article Comparison: What is and isn’t Solutions Journalism?

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Both articles I have chosen to compare have been written three months apart. Both discuss addiction but in entirely different ways. “As Seattle eyes supervised drug-injection site, is Vancouver a good model?” by Seattle Times reporter JoNel Aleccia is solutions journalism. The reporter makes a point to discuss a supervised drug-injection site in Vancouver that has decreased. The...

10 Things I Learned from The Anonymous People

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Addiction affects 2/3rds of American families. Essentially, everyone knows someone who struggles with addiction. There was a moment in American history when addiction was not treated as a crime. Before the “War on Crime” in the 1980s, there was a period of activism within government to help out those struggling with addiction. Language is incredibly important. It’s no ideal to...

10 Ways to Incorporate Solutions into Addiction Reporting

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When promoting solutions journalism on social media, use relevant hashtags such as ‘#addiction’. Always make a point to talk about the limitations of certain things helping people with addiction. This way, it makes a better distinction between solutions journalism and advocacy. Interviews should be conversational. They often bring out the best journalism. Refrain from glorifying...

10 Things I Learned From the Toolkit

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Solutions Journalism is not advocacy. Solutions journalism covers issues but provides solutions (and the efficiency or lack of efficiency of possible solutions) Stay away from ‘heroes’ of stories. Be okay with gray areas (Nothing is 100 percent successful or a failure. Provide all information to all solutions). Always get opposing viewpoints Never overclaim Data will always help your...