Monday, April 6, 2015

This Group Wants To Change The Way The Media Reports On Violence

The Solutions Journalism Network, a non-profit that spreads the practice of solutions-oriented reporting, is launching a year-long initiative, "Violence Prevention and Reduction," to create a solutions-based approach to reporting about crime and violence. The majority of reporting on violence, from guns and domestic violence to terrorism and gangs, focuses solely on the problem and "fails to inform society about what can be done – and what is working," the SJN wrote on its website. The group plans to bring together at least 10 news organizations along with journalists nationwide to help build a platform for this solutions-oriented research and reporting project. Among the many aspects of U.S. violence, SJN will look at strategies that are working to prevent family abuse, gang violence, gun violence, bullying and childhood trauma. The initiative will also look specifically at prisons and school systems that are taking effective steps to keep members safe.


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