About The Solutions Journalism Network

The Solutions Journalism Network is leading a global shift in how people understand and shape the world by focusing reporting on how people are responding to problems and what we can learn from their successes and failures.

When news reveals what’s working or promising, it elevates the tone of public discourse, making it less divisive and more constructive, allows communities to see better options, and builds agency and hope. This leads to meaningful change.

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As a network builder, we use an approach that includes:

For me, journalists who want to pursue solutions reporting are the dreamers of our industry. Not in the sense that we have our head in the sky, but in the sense that we are the ones who haven't lost sight of the ideal that journalism can be a mechanism to build a more equitable and just world. We are the ones who are audacious enough to look at not just what is but what could be.

Emilie Stigliani, editor for in-depth journalism at The Sacramento Bee
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Solutions journalism

Key elements of solutions journalism include: examining a response and how it works, showing evidence of effectiveness, discussing limitations, and surfacing insights to spur innovation.

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Developed by Trabian Shorters, founder of BMe Community, and grounded in insights from the psychologist and economist Daniel Kahneman, Asset-Framing teaches the importance of leading with people’s assets and aspirations before describing their problems or challenges.

In 2022, SJN developed and led, with Shorters, the first and only Asset-Framing trainings specifically for journalists. SJN is the only organization other than BMe Community certified to offer Asset-Framing training.

Highlighting solutions helps us see that problems, however different, are not intractable. Progress can be made, and we can learn something from the place where change is occurring.

Chris Green, The Journal

Board of Directors

Remembering Dean Furbush

Our beloved Board Chair, Dean Furbush, passed away on July 28, 2023. We are heartbroken by the loss of our dear friend, colleague and mentor. Dean joined SJN’s board in 2014, in our second year. He was extraordinarily generous with his time. In 9 years, he almost never missed a board meeting, and he made himself available for an endless stream of requests, day and night. He brought extensive experience leading both nonprofit and for-profit companies and played a central role continuously shaping SJN’s culture, systems and strategy. What marked Dean above all was his kindness, enthusiasm and loving spirit. He celebrated life, read poetry at board meetings, listened with genuine delight, and treated everyone he met with profound respect. He will be missed beyond measure.


In 2022, Solutions Journalism Network (SJN) received $8,110,721 in new grants and revenue. Additionally, SJN entered 2022 with approximately $9M in net assets restricted to meet contract and sub-grant commitments in 2022 and 2023.

Total expenses of $10,115,233 in 2022 increased by 28% from $7,878,778 in 2021; this reflected sub-grants expenses of $2,224,110 in 2022, which increased by 42% from $1,557,673 in 2021.  Travel and events totaling $484,141 in 2022 increased by 371% from $102,720 in 2021. Website expenses of $229,270 in 2022 increased by about 800% from $25,164 in 2021; this increase is related to SJN's investment in a redesign of its website and new ability to manage website content in house.

Expenses by Program Area

expenses by program area


Practice Change8,381,51883%
Knowledge Dissemination806,8818%
Management & General647,8846%

Expenses by Category

expenses by category


Salaries, Payroll Taxes and Benefits4,930,88649%
Professional Fees: Program1,487,81315%
Professional Fees: General269,9703%
Travel & Events484,1415%
Website & Technology229,2702%
All Other Expenses489,0435%

Major Funders