Solutions journalism david bornstein biography
Climate change will perpetuate U. Without it, society suffers.
Some journalists are willing to make as many excuses as they can for this sort of behavior because the pond is shrinking and jobs are hard to find. I agree with Gates Keeper.
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Identifying problems is a critical part of helping foster positive social change. I certainly would rather that scientists come up with the innovative vaccines and policymakers with the innovative policies, not journalists! And exactly where are all these innovative solutions that are going unreported? So the greatest risk is irrelevance?
Then that calls for taking the money! Sorry, I mean standing next to the guy taking the money. The Gates Foundation is clear about its intentions. They are about winning. Doing so involves softening opposition, amplifying praise, and controlling the agenda. One form of this influence machinery is laundering money through universities that are only too happy to take the money for its prestige and hope a little more might come their way and fund faculty and perhaps a new building. To test this theory, consider who calls the shots when the university does a press release on a grant.
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There is no academic freedom or independence. Once the money goes to the university or another 3rd party conduit, staff are hired to do the work and nobody forgets where the money is coming from.
We might get some interesting stories they public will appreciate. The Gates grant is going to Marquette so they can develop a digital tool to take NY Times Fixes columns and other solutions-oriented journalism and aggregate and organize it so it can serve as mini-case studies for universities.
The money will be used to develop software and to encourage collaboration among educators to see how this kind of journalism can meet their teaching needs.
The reason why Fixes columns are good for this is that they focus on problem-solving and they highlight real world examples where there is evidence of effectiveness. Solutions journalism is a practice through which reporters do rigorous reporting about responses to problems, and explain if and how they work, based on evidence of effectiveness.
Once a journalist reveals that a problem exists, it usually turns out that people are responding to that same problem, sometimes quite intelligently, sometimes not. That activity is also newsworthy, but it is covered far less regularly. The fact that journalists think that they should somehow cease their reporting after a problem is revealed without covering the responses, however sensible is an institutional bias that is now quite clearly out of whack with what we know about how people respond to information i.
But solutions-oriented reporting can be done well, while adhering to standards of independence and accuracy. Thanks for your clarification. If, as you suggest, solutions journalism is about rigorous, evidence-based reporting, that risk seems minimal.
It still seems to me that the much bigger problem is that a lot of serious problems go unreported MSF points them out every year than that solutions go unreported.
Why ‘Solutions Journalism’ Matters, Too
Trending See you later! The final Humanosphere podcast — for now A reader responds: Climate change will perpetuate U. Fixes looks at solutions to social problems and why they work. Looking back at the range of changes that had occurred during the past year, I was reminded of the remark by Robert Kennedy: In this modest sampling of changes, ripples were clearly being sent forth in multiple directions.
In the comments, readers expressed appreciation for being afforded this view of reality. Janet, from Salt Lake City, wrote: I needed this news.
A chat with NY Times’ David Bornstein about ‘solutions’ journalism
Each week in Fixes, readers make similar comments about the relative scarcity of solution-focused stories in the news and their desire for more of them. In a study of attitudes toward the press, the nonprofit polling and research group Public Agenda found that 79 percent of respondents agreed with the statement: But we recognize that journalists also have to be especially mindful to avoid reporting that could be construed as advocacy.
As Daniel Patrick Moynihan is reputed to have said: