Solutions Journalism is a new approach to journalism methods and an attempt to redefine the role of media within the civil society. Instead of focusing on issues and underlying problems and challenges leaving the reader helpless and frustrated, this is a kind of a journalism that explores the existing solutions to the issues described.
Through the careful analysis of up- and downsides of various initiatives, this kind of storytelling provides the reader with a more complete view on a given issue describing challenges as well as the people and organizations trying to address them. That is not to say that these attempts to fix the issues of the modern world are always successful, but there are there and they are doing their best.
By bringing Solutions Journalism to Poland Ashoka wants to inspire a series of pieces which will both showcase the method and test the approach in the Polish context. The project is run in partnership with Outriders, the Journalism Center at the SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities, the Association of Local Newspapers (PL: Stowarzyszenie Gazet Lokalnych), Polish-American Freedom Foundation and the Reportage Institute.
We help reporters, producers, and editors bring the same attention and rigor to stories about responses to problems as they do to the problems themselves. Doing so, we believe, can elevate public discourse, spur citizen agency, and reduce polarization. It can strengthen democracy. When added to the mix, it improves the overall quality and impact of journalism.
Throughout 2018 we will be hosting experts from the Solutions Journalism Network from New York and Paris who will run workshops, training and participate in discussions. The project also awards small grants for Solutions Journalism inspired stories on different issues concerning Poland. At the end of the year, we will award the first Polish Solutions Journalism Award for the best story.