Using solutions journalism to make your investigations stronger

Number 5740
Subject Investigative Methods
Source Meg Kissinger, Tina Rosenberg and Perla Trevizo
Affiliation Columbia University, Solutions Journalism Network and Houston Chronicle
Year 2018
Summary 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 tipsheet, investigative reporters show how they bolstered their investigations of local wrongdoing by adding stories about other places doing better. And they teach techniques for writing solutions stories with the same rigor and heft as the rest of the series.
Tags solutions journalism; solutions-focused investigations; impact; engagement
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