This is a newsletter for people interested in rethinking the role of journalism. It features a couple things we think you should know each week related to solutions journalism. Our aim? To be thought-provoking and/or laugh-inducing every Wednesday. If someone forwarded you this email, you can sign up here. 
|| November 16, 2022
Sometimes there’s only good news to share ... and this is one of those times.

The Solutions Journalism Network has brought together an advisory council with expertise spanning journalism, education, equity and inclusion, systems change and community-building.

Over the next six months, this council will be charged with designing an awards program to celebrate the best of solutions journalism: rigorous reporting on effective responses to society’s most vexing challenges.

The advisory council is committed to creating a program with broad access to participation across equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging. So stay tuned for more information about the award(s) and how your work can be included. For now, meet the full list of advisors here. 
— Holly Wise
Network Strategy Manager
Last week, we announced SJN's new Journalists of Color Fellowship. This is a 9-month fellowship designed to identify and support a cohort of diverse, next-generation leaders through a program of solutions journalism, leadership training, mentorship and community of practice. If that sounds like something your career needs, get more information and apply here. You've got until. Nov. 22! 
Recently, two terrific journalists wrote about their solutions journalism process so others might learn from it. Could this be a trend? Hopefully! If you’re looking to pick up some helpful, actionable tips on building a rigorous solutions story (and those are the best solutions stories, please and thank you), read Kate Rix's clear and concise story breakdown over at The Grade. And, Colleen Hagerty takes you behind the scenes of her recent Washington Post story about hurricane resiliency in her newsletter, My World’s on Fire.
After you’ve written your thorough, thoughtful solutions story inspired by the pieces above, you might wonder how you can help spread the word about it. Aside from your usual channels, there’s another way: The Solutions Story Tracker, a fully searchable database of vetted-by-humans solutions journalism. People use it to find solutions journalism on the issues they care about, and journalists and researchers use it to inform their work. Our very own Emma Athena — a journalist who has done SJ herself — made a short but delightful video about how to submit your work and why it's important, particularly around issues like democracy where people are hungry for solutions reporting. Take a look, then get to sharing! 
A well-meaning but totally non-comprehensive guide to what’s happening around and for the network 
  • Solutions job alert No. 1: Yale Climate Connections needs a features editor, one fluent in English and Spanish. Knowledge of solutions journalism is a plus. 
  • Solutions job alert No. 2: Stanford Social Innovation Review, publisher of much great solutions journalism, needs a new publisher. You'll work with the editor-in-chief to “co-lead” SSIR. 
  • Solutions job alert No. 3: Grist is at the forefront of climate solutions coverage, and its fellowships are now open for applications. There are six available to early-career U.S. journalists. 
  • Job alert No. 4: This one isn’t explicitly solutions-focused, but it’s no less exciting. The New Jersey Civic Information Consortium is hiring a program officer and a grants manager. 
  • Job alert No. 5: This one has the chance to be solutions-oriented, and it’s great news either way. Reckon News is growing! That means Reckon has a variety of roles open including daily news editor, two daily news reporter positions, LGBTQ communities reporter, social media creators and more.
  • Another enriching piece from The Grade: Rory Linnane, a journalist from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, wrote about the value of prioritizing your sources' well-being over the story. 
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More than ever, journalists and news orgs see impact from their solutions reporting — shifting policy discussions, winning awards and more. Every few weeks we'll spotlight an example to celebrate them and their work. Want to share yours? Drop it in our new and improved Impact Tracker.

A solutions story on quality carbon credits is among the most popular articles published to date by Hothouse, a newsletter that investigates climate solutions. The publication credits that story as a big factor in a recent gain of 1,000 new subscribers, helping more than double the audience of the one-year-old publication. It was syndicated in Popular Science and Scientific American. Hothouse was started as part of an SJN LEDE fellowship. Its mission is to produce original, investigative journalism on climate solutions.
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