In recent years, The Hechinger Report has ramped up its focus on solutions-oriented reporting in education, with the belief that reporting on what’s working can ultimately evoke more change than just focusing on problems. The education beat is a natural fit for solutions journalism, as many of the major storylines in education are about how to fix its problems: achievement gaps between rich and poor students, unequal access to higher education, high suspension rates, low graduation rates, the mediocre performance of American students on international tests – the list goes on.
This year, The Report partnered with the Solutions Journalism Network to create a toolkit for reporters that dives in to the nitty-gritty of solutions reporting: what it is, what it looks like, and how reporters can apply the strategies of reporting on solutions to the biggest issues in education. With a multitude of examples, advice from experienced education reporters, and tips to avoid potential pitfalls, the toolkit is meant to be a guide for journalists who want to increase reader engagement and have a bigger impact.
Download the toolkit for free from the Solutions Journalism Network or sign up for the free webinar on Wednesday, October 7. And make sure to tweet us with your thoughts (Use the hashtag #edsolutions), as well as any solutions stories you write!