New models have emerged in recent years that challenge the traditional notion that journalists should be objective bystanders. Solutions-focused media is a new concept to many mainstream journalists. But to a lot of us in community and alternative media, it's what we've always done.
According to traditional journalism theory, it's the job of a journalist to tell people what's going on. But once they get that information, what happens afterwards isn't a journalist's job anymore. Put out the info and let whatever is going to happen, happen. Solutions-focused media turns that on its head. It's media which doesn't just present the information. It's about working with the rest of the community to solve some of the problems we see around us. It's about involvement.
Solutions Media was the theme of this year's Media Democracy Day in Vancouver on November 18, 2017. rabble.ca is proud to have been a media sponsor of Media Democracy Day, as we are every year.
Today on Needs No Introduction, we're playing a showcase of solutions-focused journalism projects from B.C. which were presented as a Media Democracy Day session. It's billed as "Six-Minute Reports" (or Stories about Solutions-Focused Media).
1. Empowering Fresh Voices: Media that helps young immigrant and refugee youth influence policy, combat hate and advance inclusion (Tanvi Bhatia and Ashvan Wal, Fresh Voices)
2. Decolonizing Journalism (Emilee Gilpin, National Observer)
3. Love Intersections: Provoking artful social change through media (Jen Sungshine, Love Intersections)
4. The Housing Fix: Reporting on Solutions to the Housing Crisis: (Christopher Cheung: The Tyee)
5. The ReMatriate Collective: Using online visual arts to honour and empower Indigenous womxn (Tsēma Igharas, Denver Lynxleg and Jeneen Frei Njootli, The ReMatriate Collective)
6. Banning Big Money in Politics: Crafting media campaigns that influence mainstream discourse (Kai Nagata, Dogwood Initiative)
7. Data Visualization as Story Telling: (Robin Puga, Affinity Bridge)
8. Karmik and the Opioid Crisis: Social Networks Save Lives (Munroe Craig, Karmik Opioid Crisis Response)
9. Watts in the Water: Our oceans contain enough energy to power the planet -- if we could just get our hands on it (Bruce Grieson, Hakai Magazine)
Thanks to Tania Ehret for recording this panel for rabble.ca.
Image: Media Democracy Day 2017. Used with permission.
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