The Power of Constructive Journalism and Solutions-Oriented News


A constructive news media is absolutely critical to engaging citizens in the work that will move our country forward. The highest role of the news sector is to give people critical knowledge, and knowledge is the tool that allows citizens  to think constructively about problems and be a part of advancing solutions.

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Solutions for a Sustainable and Desirable Future

Solutions JournalSolutions is a nonprofit print and online publication devoted to showcasing bold and innovative ideas for solving the world's integrated ecological, social, and economic problems. Read more.

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Yes! MagazineYES! Magazine reframes the biggest problems of our time in terms of their solutions. Online and in print, they outline a path forward with in-depth analysis, tools for citizen engagement, and stories about real people working for a better world. Read more.


Read the Solutions essay: "Focusing on Solutions"
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Read the Yes! Magazine essay: "Citizen Empowerment Through Journalism"

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Endnotes & References


What Can I Do?


Diversify where you get your news and look for and support those outlets that are public interest and solutions focused.

Find your information from ‘non-traditional’ sources such as and WiserEarth, a database of over 100,000 civil society organizations that maintains an international directory of solutions and success models from communities around the globe.

Send an email to online, national and/or your local media outlets encouraging them to employ the virtues of constructive journalism and cover more a broader range of issues, less spectacle and more substance.


What If?


Q.  What if more news outlets (online, print, TV, radio) were committed to empowering citizens with deeper inquiries into problems, solutions and success models for innovation.

A.  Perhaps citizens would take a more active role in improving the world around them and a lot more than just 8% of citizens would have a great deal of faith in the news media.