Solutions Journalism: Reporting on Effective Responses to Society’s Problems

Solutions Journalism: Reporting on Effective Responses to Society’s Problems

In this two-hour course, the Transitions team, aided by resources from the Solutions Journalism Network, will introduce you to the practice of solutions journalism. This course consists of five lessons, several interactive exercises, a short video on how to do SoJo, and links to additional resources. By the end of this course, you will be able to:

1) Define solutions journalism and identify SoJo “imposters”;
2) Explain the key criteria of solutions journalism;
3) Get started on a SoJo story; and
4) Know how to pitch a solutions-oriented story.

After completing this course, explore other courses in our
“Doing journalism during infodemic” crash course package.

Learn to Fact Check like a Pro

Learn-to-fact-check-like-a-pro

In this 30-minute mini-course, you will be introduced to a fact-checking process by expert Fergus Bell. This lesson consists of a short explanation video, a step-by-step guide on how to structure a fact-checking process, and an interactive exercise to test your fact-checking skills and knowledge.

After completing this course, explore other courses in our
“Doing journalism during infodemic” crash course package.

Science in the Newsroom

Science in the Newsroom

In this 30-minute mini-course, you will be introduced to the basics of science journalism which will include best practices when dealing with scientists and experts, as well as covering scientific topics as a journalist. Led by experienced science journalist Mićo Tatalović, this lesson consists of a short explanation video, some basic rules and considerations specific to reporting on scientific topics and the process of science, and an interactive simulation exercise to test your knowledge on doing scientific journalism.

After completing this course, explore other courses in our
“Doing journalism during infodemic” crash course package.

Learn How to Debunk Myths and Hoaxes

Learn How to Debunk Myths and Hoaxes

In this 30-minute mini-course, you will be introduced to the step-by-step guide for debunking misleading information, led by expert John Cook. This lesson consists of a short explanation video, step-by-step instructions on how to do the most efficient debunking, and an interactive exercise to test your debunking skills.

After completing this course, explore other courses in our
“Doing journalism during infodemic” crash course package.

International Feature Writing in the Age of COVID-19

To enroll and pay the course fee please click TAKE THIS COURSE button. You’ll receive an email with your login details and further instructions.

Date: May 4, 2021 – May 24, 2021
Location: Online

This course is open to: 

  • College and university-level participants. Some journalism experience or academic background is helpful but not essential.
  • Journalists who have some experience but would like to increase their skills and knowledge.
  • Anyone who can demonstrate a genuine interest in journalism.
Looking for something valuable to do this May, this time from the safety and comfort of your own home?

This four-week, hands-on journalism course provides you with an unrivaled opportunity to learn the craft of the foreign correspondent from a veteran of the media business – Dinah Richter Spritzer. As a journalist Dinah has contributed to The New York Times, USA Today, Elle and Conde Nast Traveller.

The course uses a blend of live, online classes, interactive discussions; written assignments and stimulating reading materials. By the end of the course you’ll be equipped with a solid set of feature writing skills and feel ready to negotiate the challenges posed to foreign reporters by COVID-19. You’ll also have a range of publishable writing samples ready to make your portfolio stand out.

Learning Outcomes

  • Learn what makes foreign reporting different from domestic reporting through practical experience.
  • Fine-tune your feature-writing skills and interviewing tactics in three well-researched articles, under the guidance of the instructor.
  • Report, using all of the virtual tools available, including social media platforms, and video interviews.
  • Learn how to provide sweep, context, and comparison when writing for an international audience.
  • Find out how to write about a country when you can’t travel there, can’t speak the language, and aren’t even sure how the government works.
  • Analyze international reporting on COVID-19.

Instructor: Dinah Richter Spritzer

Want to get more information? Please see the curriculum or email education@tol.org.

Past online course: How to Report in (and on) a Polarized World Without Making Everything Worse

How to Report in (and on) a Polarized World Without Making Everything Worse

To enroll and pay the course fee please click TAKE THIS COURSE button. You’ll receive an email with your login details and further instructions.

How can you produce more compelling stories on divisive topics? Learn from conflict mediators how to cover polarizing issues. 

The Solutions Journalism Network is leading a Complicating the Narratives (CTN) virtual workshop specifically designed for European journalists. This live, interactive training draws on the experience of experts in conflict. The techniques and strategies taught will help participants learn new ways to address this pivotal moment in our global society through stronger, more inclusive conversations and reporting on divisive issues. Our virtual workshop will address the following pillars of Complicating the Narratives, specifically, 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)

Date: Monday, 1 March 2021 at 14:00 CET

Speaker:
Nina Fasciaux, Solutions Journalism Network, Manager in Europe
Nina is the manager in Europe and international coordinator for the Solutions Journalism Network and has trained hundreds of journalists. She previously lived and worked as a journalist in Russia and is co-author of the book “Nomade des mers, le tour du monde des innovations,’ on low-tech solutions to basic needs.

Covering COVID-19: verifying facts & reporting on solutions

Thanks to the swarm of misinformation and conspiracy theories related to the coronavirus, journalists are facing difficult challenges when it comes to reporting on the COVID-19 pandemic. This course is designed for journalistsjournalism students, and aspiring fact-checkers who want to learn how best to report during the current infodemic. Its integrative approach provides the opportunity to talk with experts, receive mentoring, and develop valuable skills.

Participants will get to hear from experts about how to combat the threat of COVID-19 disinformation, debunk myths, and report on the global health crisis from a solutions-based perspective. The first session will focus on the best practices of exposing disinformation. The second will look at building public trust by reporting on solutions to the pandemic’s challenges.

Enroll if you want to:

  1. Get better at debunking and fact-checking COVID-related disinformation
  2. Learn how to make your audience more resilient through news literacy
  3. Give people hope by reporting on solutions to complex problems
  4. Get professional editorial mentoring and a chance to get published

Those who take part in 80 percent of the course activities will receive a TOL completion certificate.

Past online course: Going on Assignment (November 2020)

Looking for something valuable to do in fall, this time from the safety and comfort of your own home?

Whether your dream is to work as a journalist parachuting into foreign lands, or as an activist, advocating for resolutions to global issues, our foreign reporting course will prepare you for whatever lies ahead.

  • Not only will you learn the tricks of the trade directly from working foreign correspondents, you will pursue actual stories under the guidance of our faculty.
  • Working journalists from Reuters and the BBC will provide hands-on mentoring on print and audio stories.
  • You will also receive lectures from professionals who have reported for The New York Times, The Associated Press, The Washington Post, The Guardian, CNN, and top Czech media.
  • Our faculty will give you advice on working from home, locating quality sources, and structuring your story. If you choose to do a story from the Czech Republic, we’ll help in setting up interviews.
  • Once you’re done, we’ll give you valuable, detailed feedback on all your work.
  • By the conclusion of these two weeks with us, you will end up with the skills to report from abroad and, just as importantly, a publishable piece of reporting.
  • All lectures will be held live, allowing questions and answers but will also be recorded in case you miss them.

The course is open to:

  • College and university-level students. Some journalism experience or academic background is helpful but not essential.
  • Journalists who have some experience but would like to increase their skills and knowledge.
  • Others who can demonstrate a genuine interest in journalism, audio/radio.

Learn from experienced teachers!

Since 2005 this course has provided hundreds of participants from around the world with the necessary skills to hit the ground running and produce compelling content. Our journalism instruction is an outgrowth of Transitions’ years of experience in publishing an online newsmagazine and working with foreign correspondents worldwide.

Jeremy Druker, our course convenor and faculty member, holds a bachelor’s degree from Harvard College and a masters in international affairs from Columbia University. He co-founded Transitions back in 1999 giving him more than twenty years of experience in working with and mentoring journalists. Participants will benefit from Jeremy’s knowledge and guidance throughout the course. Find out more about the rest of our faculty here.

Want to get more information? Please email education@tol.org.

Past online course: Going on Assignment (July 2020)

(July 20, 2020 – July 31, 2020)

NOTE: CLICK ON THE FIRST SESSION (MONDAY 16:00 PRAGUE TIME) TO JOIN THE VIDEO WEBINAR

Still looking for something valuable to do this summer, this time from the safety and comfort of your own home?

Whether your dream is to work as a journalist parachuting into foreign lands, or as an activist, advocating for resolutions to global issues, our foreign reporting course will prepare you for whatever lies ahead.

  • Not only will you learn the tricks of the trade directly from working foreign correspondents, you will pursue actual stories under the guidance of our faculty.
  • Working journalists from Reuters and the BBC will provide hands-on mentoring on print and audio stories.
  • You will also receive lectures from professionals who have reported for The New York Times, The Associated Press, The Washington Post, The Guardian, CNN, and top Czech media.
  • Don’t worry – you will receive extensive coaching both before the start of the course and as you research and write your assignment. We’ll give you advice on working from home, locating quality sources, and structuring your story. If you choose to do a story from the Czech Republic, we’ll help in setting up interviews.
  • Once you’re done, we’ll give you valuable, detailed feedback on all your work. By the conclusion of these two weeks with us, you will end up with the skills to report from abroad and, just as importantly, a publishable piece of reporting to get you started in an exciting career as a journalist or telling stories on behalf of an NGO.
  • All lectures will be held live, allowing questions and answers but will also be recorded in case you miss them.

The course is open to:
· College and university-level students. Some journalism experience or academic background is helpful but not essential.
· Journalists who have some experience but would like to increase their skills and knowledge.
· Others who can demonstrate a genuine interest in journalism, audio/radio.

Webinars: Solutions journalism May 2020

At this webinar you will learn the nitty-gritty about solutions journalism:
Where to look for solutions stories? How to structure a solutions story?
We will have a closer look to best practice examples from Serbia and Bosnia & Herzegovina and will discuss how a good SJ story pitch looks like.

For reporters and newsrooms already familiar with the solutions journalism approach interested in making their own solutions story.
If you could not join the introductory session we recommend to watch it here: http://toleducation.org/solutions-journalism/en/events/

The webinar will be held in English, questions can be asked via chat also in Bosnian and Serbian.

This webinar is strongly recommended for journalists interested the microgrant program in Serbia, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Kosovo. More info at http://toleducation.org/solutions-journalism/en/microgrants-mentoring/

To join the next webinars and get notifications about all upcoming webinars, please follow the next steps:
– Please fill out participant information form
– Please fill out participant information form

– click TAKE THIS COURSE button at the top of this page.

We will email you about the upcoming webinars and will send important pre-webinar information and reading links.

Thank you and see you there!