Solutions Journalism: A Light in the Dark
Featuring Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author, Tina Rosenberg
Six years ago, few reporters and editors knew much about solutions journalism. Today, hundreds of newsrooms are regularly writing important stories about serious issues, which go beyond forecasting more doom and gloom.
How did solutions journalism spread so fast?
On Dec. 6, join the UW Department of Communication Journalism Program and the Solutions Journalism Network for a discussion with Tina Rosenberg*, one of the Solutions Journalism Network’s founders and Pulitzer Prize-winning author, who will explain how and why this practice has become a Big Thing and where it’s headed next.
“TO PRESENT AN ACCURATE VIEW OF REALITY, ALONGSIDE THE WORLD’S CORRUPTION, NEGLIGENCE AND PREJUDICE, THE NEWS ALSO MUST REVEAL THE WORLD’S INTEGRITY, COMPETENCE AND TOLERANCE. BUT NOT IN A FEEL-GOOD WAY, NOT AS LIGHT FARE AT THANKSGIVING, OR HERO WORSHIP THAT OVERSIMPLIFIES PROBLEMS. THE GOAL IS TO BUILD AWARENESS AND UNDERSTANDING, TO CURSE DARKNESS WHEN NECESSARY AND LIGHT CANDLES SO WE CAN ENDEAVOR TO REPAIR.” – SOLUTIONS JOURNALISM NETWORK ANNUAL REPORT
* Tina Rosenberg is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author. She co-authors the Fixes column in The New York Times “Opinionator” section. Her books include Children of Cain: Violence and the Violent in Latin America and The Haunted Land: Facing Europe’s Ghosts After Communism, which won the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award. She has written for dozens of magazines, including The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Foreign Policy and The Atlantic. She is the author, most recently, of Join the Club: How Peer Pressure Can Transform the World.