CategoryAddiction Reporting

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...

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...

10 Ways to Incorporate Solutions into Addiction Reporting

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1. Start Small. Research the problems with addiction in Philadelphia, and the innovators and organizations that are making a difference. Reach out to academics and scholars, as well as community resources to see where those struggling with addiction can go in this city. 2. Ask what others can learn from your subject. After finding the impactful characters for your story, don’t forget to ask...

10 Ways We Can Incorporate Solutions Into Our Addiction Reporting

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By talking to academic experts who are actively researching solutions looking to help people who have substance use disorders Like with the recent White House press release of its effort in changing the language of addiction, we could stress the use of more acceptable terminology in our reporting to drive home how public perception of addiction needs to change Make sure to link out to, or refer...

10 Ways We Can Incorporate Solutions Into Our Addiction Reporting

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  We can present the addiction reporting in a way in which the responses to these issues are the primary focus, rather than focusing primarily on the addiction itself Offer concrete evidence to put the responses to addiction issues into perspective. By doing to this we can avoid glorifying any potential solution and remain objective. Provide insight into what is actually happening in the...

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 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...

10 Ways To Incorporate Solutions Into Addiction Reporting

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1.) Any strong solutions article should go into why this solution is working, why is it is important to cover, and why you should be reporting on this. Use data, personal resources, etc. 2.) Most importantly after taking the time to dwell into this story you have to make sure there is an actual solution. Each story should answer “how” this story is creating a solution. 3.) Addiction...

10 Ways We Can Incorporate Solutions Into Our Addiction Reporting

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Increase reader engagement by reporting relevant solutions to a problem. Utilize large data sets that can help display places’ and institutions’ success rate at dealing with a problem. Explore positive deviants, and find the story behind it. Build a network of contacts. They may know about innovative responses, and connect us with the people behind them. Find distinct perspectives when reporting...

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...

10 Ways to Incorporate Solutions Journalism into Addiction Reporting

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A solutions piece should offer evidence of results linked to the response implemented. For example, if an addiction recovery program starts administering a new drug- like an alternative to methadone- and claims the drug is helping people, ask them for evidence and data that proves this. When reporting on a solution, look for an insight or teachable lesson that the characters learned while...

10 Ways We Can Incorporate Solutions Into Our Addiction Reporting

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1. It can increase our reader engagement. Its backed by social science that an audience loves to see behind the scenes of how things are solved. 2. Solutions-oriented journalism is more constructive. It can lead to more conversations instead of having an argument of opinion, because solutions-oriented journalism has research behind it, as does all good journalism. 3. We can discover the latest...

10 Ways We Can Incorporate Solutions Into Our Addiction Reporting

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A Seattle Times survey of potential readership found that 36 percent of general citizens, 50 percent of parents and 84 percent of educators said they would “talk to someone else” about a solutions story. This backs up the idea that solutions journalism could engage readers better than other story models. Solutions stories are at their best when they include data that observe the...

10 Ways We Can Incorporate Solutions Into Our Addiction Reporting

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Ensure there is a response to a problem. If your piece doesn’t include a solution, it isn’t solutions-driven journalism. With addiction reporting, this is particularly important to avoid heavy-handed “sob stories” that offer no insight into successful recovery efforts. Make sure to answer the “how” in each of your stories. Your audience shouldn’t be an...