As the world faces a seemingly constant stream of tragedies, many people turn off the news, a problem exacerbated in many countries by plummeting levels of trust in the media, low media literacy, and deep polarization. Yet the mindset of the vast majority of journalists remains that their role is only to spotlight problems and denounce them publicly, hoping for change. But it’s not enough to know what’s broken; to take action and become more engaged in society, people need to know how others are dealing with problems and what is actually working. Solutions journalism offers a way out, responding to audiences’ thirst for more constructive approaches.
In this session learn:
Jeremy Druker is the executive director of Transitions (TOL), one of Central and Eastern Europe's leading media development organizations, and editor in chief of TOL's flagship publication, Transitions Online. He is also founder/CEO of Press Start, the first global crowdfunding platform designed specifically to support journalists in countries where the press cannot report freely. He is an adjunct professor at New York University's Prague campus; deputy chairman of the board of the Fulbright Commission in the Czech Republic; and a member of the supervisory board of the Czech Journalism Prizes. Jeremy has been an Ashoka Fellow since 2010.
Meenal Thakur is the coordinator of Transitions' solutions journalism program. She is an accredited solutions journalism trainer and former journalist and has experience in developing and managing journalism programs across Europe. She has managed projects related to development reporting, cross-border investigations, and solutions journalism. She has also worked with journalists and freelancers in Europe, South and Southeast Asia, and Africa on different solutions journalism-related projects and training.