In solutions journalism, problem-solving is at the center of the narrative. In addition to that narrative, solutions journalism also supplies details of implementation, presents evidence or results and explains the limitations of a problem and focuses on the systemic response, not the do-gooder, which is considered “hero worship” journalism. These are all examples of how solutions can be worked into everyday reporting, according to Jean and the Solutions Journalism Network.
Evidence is what backs up your solution. It suggests that when people think something can be done about a problem or issue, they are more receptive to changing that problem or issue. So, using solutions journalism in reporting will engage readers to get involved with solving an issue.
An example of an evidence-based solutions to an addiction-related issue is Philly’s newest announcement that they have given the green light to a “safe injection site,” or “user engagement site.” This site will allow substance users to use in safe space and then when ready for treatment, they can just go right upstairs in the same building. There is evidence of these sites working in Canada, which could possibly offer a solution to the epidemic we are currently experiencing in Philadelphia. This announcement comes a week after the city announced they will be giving out blue lights to keep substance users from using out in the community, and got backlash from it.