Solution Based Journalism
The Importance of Independent Journalist Storytellers to publish stories that present a problem and offer solutions.
Social media has changed how we deliver and consume the news. Networks such as Facebook and Twitter place enormous amounts of information in the hands of journalists and consumers alike. These sites and the proliferation of smartphones have let anyone break news stories, complete with text, pictures, and videos. There is so much content out there that journalists can cover any global event from afar.
In this new world, journalists take on the role of a content curator. It is their job to go through the reams of available data and to present the best information based on quality and relevance. They should provide links to their original sources while offering contest and analysis.
However, this “information overload” came with a cost. A Journalist no longer has to leave the office and can become lazy as content became more available. Mainstream media now exists to tell stories that solely get people to watch their advertisers. They are no longer concerned with informing people make a positive difference.
While it is important to inform people of what is happening in the world around them, the constant negativity can bring down people’s spirits making them depressed, powerless, and apathetic. Fortunately, there is a better way. All we need is news that provides solutions to the problems of the world. Instead of showing the world’s problems, journalists can tell stories about people making a difference.
The most informative and valuable stories do not need to come from a traditional journalist. A blogger, photographer, or tweeter can easily filled that role. As more and more people start getting their news from an independent outlets, these raw stories will make a difference in the world. They will help people find the information they need to know while showing how they can help improve the situation.
Written posts, photos essays or video docs. These stories can be as simple as showing someone surviving a disaster and the rescue. Pictures such as the following photo of a student still alive under a collapsed school after an earthquake in 2008 gave people hope. It is stories like these that remind you that you could make a difference. You just have to go out and offer a helping hand.
Positive news can be any humanitarian act and not just natural disasters. All that is needed is a different perspective than the usual mainstream reporting, providing either a complementary view or an alternative in some cases.
Bad things happen to good people. However, reporting on these things do not have to bring us down. Stories and photos from independent journalists can offer new insights on how we as people can do something about them and make the world a better place.
Photographers without Borders
PWB dreams of a world that is connected visually and through story so that new realities, solutions, and possibilities may be manifested. Our goal is to make storytelling more accessible for non-profits and NGOs around the world. PWB connects volunteer photographers and videographers (storytellers) to the many grassroots causes, NGOs and nonprofit partners through the PWB Program.
| Written by Robert Stukowski