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A Time for New Approaches: Introducing Solutions Journalism to Central Europe

A Time for New Approaches: Introducing Solutions Journalism to Central Europe Donor: Porticus Foundation

Partner: Ashoka


Overall Objective: Together with Ashoka, TOL aims to introduce the concept of “Solutions Journalism” – rigorous reporting on responses to society’s problems – to Central Europe to strengthen independent media, rebuild public trust in the media, and encourage higher rates of civic engagement.


We have divided our activities into three phases: the first phase will be focused on raising awareness about the concept of Solutions Journalism; the second on training journalists, media outlets, students, and journalism faculties to implement this concept; and the third on producing Solutions Journalism pieces, which includes stipends for journalists.


For more information about TOL's other current projects, please click here.


In March, Kathryn Thier, a recognized expert and instructor of #SolutionsJournalism from the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication visited the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Transitions has invited Kathryn to visit Prague, Brno, and Bratislava as part of a program promoting Solutions Journalism in Central Europe, which supports reporters interested in solutions-oriented reporting.


Her presentations were focusing on the connections between investigative reporting and Solutions Journalism and the impact that telling the “whole” story has on communities. In Prague, Kathryn’s keynote speech was followed by a panel discussion on bringing the solutions perspective into reporting practices with Nikita Poliakov, deputy editor in chief of the biggest Czech business daily Hospodářské noviny. Nikita is also head of the project #NejsiSám (You are not alone) -, which uses the solutions approach to tackle the issue of male suicide.


After Tina Rosenbergs visit where the aim was to raise awareness about the concept of Solutions Journalism, Nina Fascieux, the European Ambassador of the Network visited Budapest, Bratislava and Prague to train hands-on skills in Solutions Journalism to students, journalists and newsrooms.


October 2018:

Transitions toolkit now translated in Russian, Romanian and Hungarian.


September 2018: 

Ashoka Czech Republic and Transitions are happy to invite you to a meeting with the Pulitzer Prize winner Tina Rosenberg. This outstanding journalist and writer has been at the forefront of Solutions Journalism, an approach to news reporting that focuses on the responses to social issues as well as the problems themselves. She practices this strategy herself through a New York Times column called “Fixes,” where she regularly writes about what kind of solutions work and why.

Come to learn how journalism focused on solutions differs from regular journalism and why Solutions Journalism should be embraced in the Czech media!


WHEN: September 24, 2018 at 5 PM

WHERE: Coworking center Sněmovní 7 (Sněmovní 7, Praha 1).The link to the FB event.

Entrance is free but it is necessary to register in advance as capacity is limited. Register here. After the talk, there will be an informal networking session accompanied by a glass of wine. The event is expected to end at 7 p.m.


Tina Rosenberg co-founded the Solutions Journalism Network, which aims to bring solutions journalism to every newsroom worldwide. She is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author. She co-authors the Fixes column in The New York Times “Opinionator” section. Her books include Children of Cain: Violence and the Violent in Latin America and The Haunted Land: Facing Europe’s Ghosts After Communism, which won the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award. She has written for dozens of magazines, including The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Foreign Policy and The Atlantic. She is the author, most recently, of Join the Club: How Peer Pressure Can Transform the World.


During her stay in Prague, Ms. Rosenberg will also be available for several interviews (on Monday, September 24 and Tuesday, September 25). Please contact me ( as soon as possible in case you are interested.
Earlier this year, two representatives of the Solutions Journalism Network also visited Prague: Professor David Boardman, chairman of the board, and Samantha McCann, the director of communities. A radio report (in Czech) about Solutions Journalism, produced by Czech Radio’s Lenka Svobodová, was based on her interviews with these two guests and is available here (the text version is available here).



August 2018: Getting started with solutions journalism? Transitions newly launched toolkit will teach you all the basics of solutions journalism. Now in Polish and Czech.

Tuesday April 17th from 5pm - the workshop at Charles University, Prague 1 - room nr: 215 - Hollar building- with Samantha McCann the Solutions Journalism Network's Director of Communities




Wednesday, 18th:

9:00 - 12:00 - training for the journalism students  (workshop at Faculty of Philosophy, New Media studies - Josef Šlerka), Prague 5, Jinonice

14:00 - 18:00 (17:30) - training for journalists (various journalists from different news organisations) - Sněmovní 7, Prague 1



Are you a journalist from the region and you want to learn more about this approach? Stay tuned for more workshops to come and get in touch with us! Are you looking for solutions? Have a look at the Story Tracker with over 3800 stories around solutions.

Are you an educator or professor and you want to teach your students SoJo? Get your material at SoJoU

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#PragueMediaPoint Conference for journalists, media professionals, and scholars

​The 2019 edition of Prague Media Point will highlight these types of inspiring examples and more. We will offer a mix of scholarly presentations, including keynote addresses; sessions with innovators explaining their solutions; and networking opportunities to promote the exchange of know-how. As in years past, the conference will have a special regional focus on Central and Eastern Europe, though we look forward to covering cases and trends from other parts of the world. – WHAT’S WORKING





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