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Don't stop believing

My World's on Fire
Don't stop believing
By Colleen Hagerty • Issue #32 • View online

Thanks for reading my World’s on Fire, a weekly newsletter about disasters from journalist Colleen Hagerty. If you found this dispatch interesting, I hope you’ll subscribe!
For the first links edition of this year, I’m trying something a little different – I’m giving it a theme.
All the links I’m sharing with you today are examples of solutions journalism, an approach to reporting that looks at ways people and institutions are addressing issues without falling into the “here’s someone saving the entire planet with one invention” trope.
As the Solutions Journalism Network (SJN) explains:
“Solutions journalism investigates and explains, in a critical and clear-eyed way, how people try to solve widely shared problems. While journalists usually define news as “what’s gone wrong,” solutions journalism tries to expand that definition: responses to problems are also newsworthy. By adding rigorous coverage of solutions, journalists can tell the whole story.”
SJN has a database of more than 10,000 stories published by various outlets on pretty much any topic you can imagine, and I’ve spent a lot of time in there checking out disaster-focused dispatches from around the world. So, I wanted to share some of the recent work that stood out to me in this space, ranging from international initiatives to local U.S. community pushes for resiliency.
I’ve talked about “disaster fatigue” in the past and the difficulty of keeping up with this sort of news, and I personally find solutions journalism a great way to stay engaged without feeling burnt out. I’d love to hear your thoughts on it – you know what to do!
Bring on the links:
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