|Content warning: violence, including partner violence
I was scrolling through SJN’s LinkedIn notifications and saw we were tagged by Kavita Chandran. Now, Kavita is one of the best solutions journalism trainers and thinkers out there
. Did she have a new course? An intriguing way of understanding SJ we’d never considered?
It was something more personal. She’d been mentoring a journalist named Hameeda Syed. Syed’s solutions story about partner violence in India — a story typically covered through the problem lens — had just been released on Article14, an Indian publication focused on justice and democracy issues. Kavita pointed out
that she had learned something just from mentoring: “This story taught me about hidden issues faced by women forced into marriage in #Kashmir…. I also learned there are other women working on a solution, against all odds
When I congratulated them on SJN’s behalf, Syed said something even more moving: “The solutions perspective has given me the agency to craft powerful narratives of collaboration and change
. I look forward to bringing more such stories from the ground to empower!” This is the power of solutions journalism: to find agency, pathways and possibility even in the darkest stories
. So I’m sharing three stories (including Syed’s) that find solutions in dark places, a reminder that those bearing the weight of the problem often also possess the bittersweet strength needed to push back.
Curator of The Response