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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.


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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