Workshop 6, How to report on polarizing issues without making everything worse

The Solutions Journalism Network is offering a Complicating the Narratives (CTN) virtual workshop. This interactive training draws on the experience of experts in conflict. The techniques and strategies taught will help you learn new ways to have stronger, more inclusive conversations and report on divisive issues. Our workshop will address how to:

  • Pillar 1: Listen differently when covering a contentious, polarizing issue
  • Pillar 2: Go beneath the problem (to uncover motivations, not just positions)
  • Pillar 3: Embrace complexity in our reporting about divisive issues
  • Pillar 4: Counter confirmation bias (and any biases we may bring to a specific topic/issue)

"Our workshop series is designed for journalists and media workers who are nationals or residents, or currently work, in the EU, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein, Albania, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, Georgia, Ukraine, Bosnia, and Tunisia."




October 12, 2022, at 2 PM CET


Trainer: Nina Fasciaux is the manager in Europe & International coordinator for the Solutions Journalism Network. She previously lived in Russia, as an editor and a journalist, and is now based in France. She is the author of the book "Nomade des mers, les escales de l'innovation," a world tour of low-tech solutions to basic needs. She has trained hundreds of journalists and journalism trainers in the practice of solutions journalism, from Palestine to Denmark. For the last three years, she has also been training journalists in Europe to Complicate the narratives, a training program that builds on conflict mediation techniques to better cover highly polarized issues and embrace their complexity and nuances.

Nina will be joined by Anneleen Ophoff, the editor-in-chief of Are We Europe. She has worked as a multidisciplinary journalist since 2012, creating transmedia experiences for the Flemish-Belgian public broadcaster, VRT News, and online documentary series for Canvas and Vice News. She lectures at Thomas More University-College and KASK School of Arts. As editor-in-chief, she hopes to cover social justice issues with a fresh perspective and build empathy through stories.

Register here!