The Role of Solutions Journalism in Reporting on COVID-19

Journalists are working around the clock to provide readers with comprehensive, up-to-date reporting on the COVID-19 global pandemic. Much of this coverage is focused on the reality of the crisis—what is happening, what can be expected, and new guidelines issued by local and national governments.

In the face of constantly evolving information and news about the worldwide pandemic, a solutions journalism approach is not just helpful, it’s essential, Linda Shaw, editorial director at the Solutions Journalism Network, told IJNet.

Stories like this one from CNN, about how South Korea pioneered drive-through testing centers that have increased COVID-19 testing access while minimizing the risk of contamination for healthcare workers, are examples of solutions journalism at its best: evidence-based reporting on the responses to social problems.

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