Global Ground joins Talent Trade Program of the Solutions Journalism Network

16 November 2018

Anrike Visser, founder of Global Ground was selected to join the 2018-2019 Talent Trade Program together with eight other participants from Zimbabwe to Los Angeles.

The program consists of yearlong mentoring into solutions journalism stories. We strongly believe in the importance of including solutions into our reporting, so we’re grateful to learn from the best during this upcoming year.

The Solutions Journalism Network (SJN) was founded to “rebalance the news” by “offer[ing] a more comprehensive and representative view of the world”. Its founders are Tina Rosenberg, David Bornstein and Courtney Martin combining experience at The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Foreign Policy and The Atlantic.

Solutions or constructive journalism is on the rise. The influential book From Mirrors to Movers by Cathrine Gyldensted put into words how many people, journalists and readers alike, feel about the current state of news. It reads:

“Surveys show that many people today choose to avoid news journalism. Many report that it is because of the negative format, and the news gives them a feeling of hopelessness, which they do not need in their already demanding lives.”

A way to bring back audiences to news is to report the good and the bad, the issue and (possible) solutions, to portray a more realistic view of the world.

SJN’s yearlong Talent Trade Program allows us at Global Ground to improve the solution element of our reporting just as we promised in our Manifesto. We’re looking forward to continuing working with Julia Hotz at SJN and the other participants of the Talent Trade Program.

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