Using solutions journalism to make your investigations stronger
What’s more powerful than a great investigation? A great investigation that also takes away excuses — by showing how others are doing better. A solutions component can add big impact and engagement to an investigative series.
In this panel, investigative reporters will show how they bolstered their investigations of local wrongdoing by adding stories about other places doing better. And they’ll teach techniques for writing solutions stories with the same rigor and heft as the rest of the series.
Meg Kissinger teaches investigative reporting at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She is writing a book on the failures of the mental health system.
Tina Rosenberg: Co-founder, Solutions Journalism Network. Co-writer New York Times Fixes column. Articles in The New York Times magazine, The New Yorker and many other publications. Author of three books: Children of Cain: Violence and the Violent in Latin America; The Haunted Land: Facing Europe's Ghosts After Communism and Join the Club: How Peer Pressure Can Transform the World. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award. @tirosenberg
Perla Trevizo covers the environment for the Houston Chronicle. She previously covered border and immigration for more than a decade, more recently as a member of the Arizona Daily's Star investigative team. Perla has covered a range of topics, from county politics to higher education in Texas and Tennessee, and reported from nearly a dozen countries. @Perla_Trevizo
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