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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...

Regular News vs. Solutions Reporting

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On January 18, 2017, The New York Times published a story headlined Injecting Drugs, Under a Watchful Eye. Journalist Tina Rosenberg reported on how needle exchange programs have been successful in preventing disease and increasing use of drug treatment by users. Rosenberg used statistics to compare the success rates of needle exchange programs throughout the 1990s in New York City, and how...

Comparing News and Solutions Reporting

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Meth series: Family drug courts fight rising tide of meth-fueled child abuse and neglect This article is a perfect example of solutions journalism. Montana saw a rise of child abuse cases because of their large methamphetamine problem. Many of the cases of abuse or neglect, came from parents who were addicted to methamphetamine.  This sharp spike in the use of methamphetamine, mostly became...

Addiction Reporting at The Atlantic Magazine

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In 2014,  Atlantic Magazine reporter Jake Flanagin wrote The Surprising Failures of 12 Steps. This article highlights how traditional 12 step programs have failed their members, but it also discusses why people still are drawn to these groups.  Flanigan mentions that 12 step programs have low success rates because members often relapse and leave the program. He also explains how the prevalence of...

Comparing news and solutions reporting

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Solutions:  News:  In an article that appeared on the NPR site titled “Why Not Start Addiction Treatment Right In The ER?” the story discusses the work of Dr. Gail D’Onofrio, chief of emergency medicine at Yale University’s medical school, and her colleagues. The team tested whether prescribing medicine to ease withdrawal symptoms and combining that with brief counseling...

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...

Stories of tragedy or hope: comparing traditional addictions coverage with solutions reporting

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On Dec. 22, 2016, philly.com published a story headlined Main Line woman, 62, heroin addict, and not unique. It told the story of Lynne C. Twaddle, who developed an addiction to OxyContin after she had surgery on both her hips last year. When she was prescribed OxyContin for her pain, she was already a recovering alcoholic. According to the philly.com story, “And that, her attorney said...

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...

Comparing Solutions Article To Traditional Journalism

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The people in this county realized they had a problem. And now they are looking for community solutions on how to fix this problem. They are doing so by holding town meetings once a week, educating people on the dangers of drug addiction and what parents can do to stop it. This is solutions journalism because it discusses a problem and then proposes a solution: visiting schools each week to talk...

Solutions Journalism vs. Traditional Journalism: What is the Best Method to Tell a Story?

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The differences between a solutions oriented story from a traditional news story is astounding. I read two articles about addiction, but the messages in each story were completely different. The authors took opposite routes to tell their stories, and I found the solutions story more compelling and uplifting. Here are descriptions of the stories: Is Addiction Just a Matter of Choice? – John...

Compare, Solutions-based Reporting or Not?

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Data? Experts? Varying perspectives? “Howdunnit?” These are some key factors we look for when investigating whether or not a story is solutions-oriented. A story can be informative and well-written but still lack a solutions angle, so it’s always important to be mindful of what makes a story solutions oriented. When Dylan McCoy of The Atlantic reported on a recovery high school...

Article Comparison

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Both The Atlantic and Salon have recently published pieces that address the growing trend of finding treatment from opioid addiction through use of other intoxicating substances. In one, marijuana is examined as a possible treatment, and in the other a holistic experience is shown to better the addicted mind. In The Atlantic, Sarah Zhang highlights Doctor Feeny’s reaction to the frequent refusal...

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

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People don’t plan on becoming addicts because they wanted to. While public perception of addiction and recovery is getting better, it’s still an ongoing battle in treating the issues more seriously, in terms of policy and government. The total costs associated with addiction end up around $350 billion. There seems to be a pattern with the way mass media is all over covering...

10 Things I Learned About Addiction From The Anonymous People

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Nothing impacts a person’s life more than addiction. There are 23 million people in recovery. Anonymity actually causes less awareness to be spread about drug addiction. Media never really has and until this day doesn’t treat it like an illness. Helping others be sober keeps some people going in recovery. Marty Mann was an early pioneer of addiction, championing for change in the way...

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

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1.) Addiction is a mental disease, not just a personal failing of not jst saying no. 2.) Social stigma, discrimination, and negative media coverage surrounding addiction has made many stay quiet about their recovery. 3.) Yearly, the United States pays $350 billion per year for substance abuse. 4.) A lot of process to break the stigma behind addiction was making trides in the early and late...