There was once a time when newspapers editors did not really believe in solutions journalism, a type of journalism that chooses to cover effective, successful responses to current social issues over tales of failure and tragedy. They thought readers would not be interested.
But in 2008, Libération, a major French newspaper, agreed to let Christian de Boisredon give it a try. He was given the opportunity to run a special solutions issue on December 26 — traditionally the worst sales day for newspapers. Libération journalists declined to take part in the initiative, so de Boisredon asked some freelancers to write for the issue.