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  • International Call for Pitches

    Transitions is announcing a call for microgrants for journalists interested in developing solutions stories. Stipends are available for up to 600 €. In addition to financial support. We are also offering mentoring during the entire production of the article to achieve the highest possible quality.

    Are you eligible for a grant?

    The grants are for stories from Central and Eastern Europe. If you are from one of the countries below, you can can apply. Both staff journalists and freelance reporters are eligible.

    • Czech Republic
    • Slovakia
    • Bosnia
    • Romania
    • Poland
    • Bulgaria
    • Ukraine
    • Hungary
    • Belarus
    • Georgia
    • Moldova

    Story pitches must be submitted in English and you are supposed to prepare the article in English for the international audience. But don’t worry, your English doesn’t have to be perfect. We will provide you with an English speaking editor and also, if necessary, we can arrange a mentoring process in your native language. The stories will be published on Transitions Magazine. However, you are also free to publish the article in your own publication in your native language.

    What is Solutions Journalism and why is it important?

    Solutions Journalism is rigorous reporting about existing responses to society’s problems. It not only spotlights problems but also follows an evidence-based analysis of existing solutions. Such reporting enhances knowledge and accountability by providing the whole story to readers and offers constructive content in an age of media apathy.

    Read more about what solutions journalism is (and what it isn’t) at the Transitions Knowledge Center for Solutions Journalism.

    Before you submit your pitch

    We strongly recommend taking the free course Solutions Journalism: Reporting on Effective Responses to Society’s Problems to be sure you understand the basics of this approach. In our experience, those who have already taken the course or reviewed related resources are much more likely to receive funding.

    Examples of solutions stories can be found here.

    Basic criteria for pitching a solutions story

    Your pitch should…

    • Demonstrate high-quality journalism (rigorous reporting)
    • Describe an existing response to a social problem and how it works in detail (it does not present theories and claims of “should be”)
    • Show evidence of the impact of the solution (not just good intentions)

    What we will consider when evaluating your pitch

    • Does it focus on a concrete solution?
    • Does the solution have clearly defined objectives and the activities leading to their achievement?
    • What is the social importance of the topic and its contribution to public debate?
    • What is the professional credibility of the author/editorial staff and the individuals involved in the pitch?

    Application and what happens next

    If you want to apply, please fill in the APPLICATION FORM.

    Pitches must be submitted in English (don’t worry it doesn’t have to be perfect English!).

    UPDATED DEADLINE: 30 June 2022

    Each request will be assessed by a jury made up of representatives of Transitions and its local partners from the CEE countries. This jury will select and announce the winning candidates. The grant recipients will have three months to publish their work.

    After publishing the story, the grantee is required to submit a report of a minimum of 4,000 characters on his/her practical experience with the use of solutions journalism and to agree that Transitions and/or the Solutions Journalism Network may use all or parts of the final report for promotional or training purposes.

    If you have questions, please contact Kateřina Ptáčková: katerina.ptackova@tol.org

    Sign up for our Solutions Journalism News! Get your regular digest of solutions stories, invitations to webinars and the latest info about funding opportunities.

  • Transitions became THE solutions journalism hub house in Central and Eastern Europe. What strategies made that possible?

    Transitions first embarked on the solutions journalism path in 2018, and since then, we’ve become the hub for Central and Eastern European journalists wanting to learn how to report on responses to their region’s social problems. We’ve organized 20 workshops both offline and online that were attended by over 650 journalists and students and around a dozen editors-in-chief in Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic. And we have no plans of stopping! 

    Read more about how we developed our network in the recent blogpost by Solutions Journalism Network, an organization dedicated to catalyzing high-quality reporting on the responses to social challenges.

  • SoJo Mix & Fix Online Summit – April 2022

    For our first ever European solutions journalism summit, we’ll be bringing together reporters, editors, and other media professionals from all across the continent to discuss the challenges and triumphs of solutions journalism.

    Our goal with this conference is to provide a space where journalists can make meaningful connections and find cross-border collaborators for solutions stories on disinformation, climate change, migration, polarization, and more.

    Solutions Journalism Network’s Co-founders Tina Rosenberg and David Bornstein discussed the future and

    Why should you attend?

    • Become part of a budding community of like-minded solutions journalism practitioners across Europe
    • Help set the agenda for future activities and events
    • Find cross-border collaborators for solutions stories on some of today’s most pressing social issues
    • Learn about some of the latest trends and research in solutions journalism.

    ⁠We’re planning on a highly interactive format that’s focused on networking and discussion. So plan on chatting and sharing your ideas! The conference will take place for three hours every Wednesday in April, starting 13 April.

    Dates:

    Wednesday, April 13 14:00–17:00 CET

    Wednesday, April 2014:00–17:00 CET

    Wednesday, April 2714:00–17:00 CET

    FOR MORE INFORMATION GOES TO MIX & FIX HOMEPAGE.

  • “By talking to other people, you get a sense of how the local community may feel about certain solutions.”

    Every year Transitions provides several journalists with microgrants and mentorship that help them produce and publish their solutions stories. Read how one of our alumni, Anna Romandash from Ukraine, summarized her experience with writing a solutions story.

    Writing a solutions journalism story did not feel very different from writing a regular journalism story because I am always looking for solutions in my work. I don’t want to provide the readers only with criticisms, but also with constructive approaches and ways to deliver positive change. I think it is an important role of journalism nowadays to promote solutions and success stories to make them more visible and inspire similar transformations. I have always been trying to write stories similar to solution journalism even though I didn’t know much about this term/area of journalism. Now that I know about it, I have a clearer understanding of the end result and I can deliver stories that are more in-tune with the solution journalism concept.

    It was more complicated to do a solutions journalism story in the sense that I had to show the limitations of the solution without “destroying” the solution completely, so it still looked like a good method of doing something. It was also difficult to balance so many different voices in one short story given that there are many stakeholders, differing opinions, and views that often contradict one another. So, length can be seen as another limitation because I also did not want to produce an overly long read. 

    When working on a solution journalism story, I recommend that other journalists describe their solution/story idea to family members and friends who can be impartial and honest about the topic. Do they find the solution useful? What is it that makes them uneasy about the solution? Would they use it or recommend it to others? Why? By talking to others, you get a sense of how the local community may feel about certain solutions. When you are writing a story about a topic you’ve investigated in-depth it is hard to be impartial. With the help of outside perspectives, you can distance yourself from the topic and see the flaws of the solution more clearly. It also helps to find experts who can expand upon and explain these criticisms. I think there is always a bit of a risk of falling in love with the solution, but as journalists, we have to keep our emotions in check and see a solution as a good idea with room for progress. 

    I would definitely like to do another solution journalism story because I think it is a very important journalistic form. In an era of opinions and fast news, how do we bring our attention back to the smaller communities and highlight some of the positive stories that are happening? My answer is definitely solutions journalism. I would like to focus on sustainable and hyperlocal solutions and talk about community ownership. I am currently working on a story about a volunteering movement that is changing how the medical system works in Ukraine. I would like to work on solutions stories that highlight the contemporary impact and look a little bit into the future as well as have those “what ifs” – so they show what would have happened if it was not for a specific solution. 

    To improve my work next time, I would need to have stricter deadlines for myself, my mentor, and my editor. I would also need very clear guidelines for what is to be delivered. This would make it easier for me to structure my work and write a story that captures the spirit of the solution the most. I also think that I have conflicting feelings about the purpose of solutions journalism. I understand that we should not idealize the solutions we write about, yet I think it is important to deliver positive stories that help follow that motivate other communities to follow similar paths towards transformation. In a way, solutions journalism should act as a call-to-action. After reading our stories, other people should want to find solutions too. 

    Anna´s article From Waste to Resource was published in TOL Magazine in March 2021.

  • What if we could build Journalism from scratch?

    Follow the conversation with Solutions Journalism Network co-founder

    In the last few decades, while journalism’s business and dissemination models have been completely transformed, very little has changed about its content. Journalists need to ask themselves: How do we define “news” to truly serve our communities?

    Solutions journalism is one answer. How can we use this form of journalism to draw out what the world needs? Steady research shows that solutions stories are what news consumers want, but there can still be real resistance from journalists.

    Solutions Journalism Network’s Co-founders Tina Rosenberg and David Bornstein discussed the future and possibilities of journalism with Sree Sreenivasan and you can watch the disscusion here.

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