Education Institutions

From Long Beach, California, to Charlotte, North Carolina, the Solutions Journalism Network's outreach to and engagement with college journalists has intensified. In its first year, the Student Media Challenge (SMC) galvanized the practice of solutions journalism among eight partner universities and student media organizations, producing a bounty of published stories, televised news reports and an award-winning podcast.

Solutions journalism is also being taught by new regional hubs at four major journalism programs: at Northwestern University, the University of Georgia, Stony Brook University and Arizona State University. The hub initiative, expected to expand in 2023, has created centers of learning where educators reach beyond their campuses to engage with journalists and media organizations in nearby states.

Investigative journalist and University of Oregon assistant professor Brent Walth on how turning an investigative eye toward effective responses to major problems sharpens accountability and takes reporting to the next level.

Investing in HBCUs & HSIs

SJN is partnering with educators from many of the nation’s HBCUs and HSIs as they bring solutions journalism into their curriculum and work with student newsrooms. These educators are particularly poised to lead initiatives that help the next generation of diverse journalists tell rigorously reported stories that  amplify the voices in their communities.

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A local news organization was saved from extinction when it was taken over by the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communications. The student-led newsroom infused coverage of Oglethorpe County with solutions journalism principles and practices.

New school vs. old school?

Journalist and adjunct CUNY professor Wil Cruz speaks to perceptions of solutions journalism by different generations of journalists.

Screenshot of a Yes! Magazine article called "Growing Community in Vacant Chicago Lots"

Jordyn Harrison won in the "Places" category of the 2022 Student Magazine Contest organized by the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication for her solutions story "Growing Community in Vacant Chicago Lots." She wrote this story, which was published by Yes! magazine, as part of Professor Sharon Bloyd-Peshkin’s solutions journalism course at Columbia College Chicago in Fall 2021.

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University of Missouri senior Avery Everett credits her plunge into solutions journalism for landing a staff position at a San Antonio television newsroom.

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During the year-long Student Media Challenge, solutions journalism stories produced by Queens University students were published by member organizations of the Charlotte Journalism Collaborative, including the Charlotte Observer and NPR affiliate WFAE. From left, managing editors Palmer Magri and Caroline Willingham and senior producer Simone Feast reported and edited solutions stories on affordable housing, refugee services, food insecurity, the impact of new NCAA marketing rules on athletes at small colleges, and acts of hatred toward religious organizations.