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A Reflective Journey Through Solutions Journalism and Mentorship

In my journey into solutions journalism (SJ), I’ve encountered several distinct differences from traditional journalism. One of the most striking disparities lies in the narrative structure. While conventional journalism often focuses on highlighting problems and conflicts, SJ seeks to provide a balanced perspective by reporting on challenges and presenting potential solutions. 

This shift in focus brings a refreshing perspective to storytelling, offering readers hope and empowerment. However, this approach also demands more profound research and analysis to uncover and evaluate practical solutions. While traditional journalism may find it relatively straightforward to report on issues, delving into solutions requires a more nuanced understanding of the context and the various stakeholders involved.

Throughout my journey with SJ, I’ve experienced several “aha moments” that have shaped my understanding and approach to storytelling, and one such moment occurred when I realized the transformative power of solutions-oriented reporting in inspiring positive change within communities. Witnessing the impact of stories that not only shed light on problems but also showcased tangible solutions reinforced my belief in the potential of journalism to drive meaningful social progress.

From my experience, I’ve gleaned valuable lessons to share with fellow journalists embarking on their own endeavors in solutions journalism. Firstly, I’d emphasize the importance of cultivating a solutions-oriented mindset, actively seeking out stories of innovation and resilience amid adversity. I’d also recommend fostering collaborative partnerships with stakeholders, including community members, experts, and organizations, to ensure comprehensive coverage and analysis of solutions. Lastly, I’d encourage journalists to maintain a critical yet optimistic approach, acknowledging the complexities of social issues while remaining committed to uncovering pathways to positive change.

Reflecting on my experience, I’m eager to pursue another SJ story driven by a passion for amplifying voices of hope and progress. I believe I will soon find an idea as inspiring as the story of the centers offering care and education to children with disabilities in Montenegro, which interested a worldwide audience.

Looking ahead, there are areas where support and improvement could enhance the effectiveness of SJ initiatives. Providing journalists with access to specialized training and resources tailored to SJ methodologies could improve their ability to effectively identify, analyze, and report on solutions. Additionally, fostering a supportive community of practice where journalists can exchange insights, share best practices, and collaborate on projects could contribute to the growth and sustainability of SJ as a transformative force in journalism. 

This type of journalism has yet to take off in Montenegro, and we hardly have any training or workshops on this topic, although this would be extremely useful for journalists. Through my further work in the NGO sector, I intend to initiate this type of activity and training in future journalism projects. I will be happy to recommend that all young journalist colleagues follow the work of Transitions and consider applying for support for their own solutions-oriented stories.

In conclusion, my journey into solutions journalism has been both enlightening and empowering, offering a fresh perspective on the role of journalism in fostering positive social change. As I continue to navigate this dynamic field, I remain committed to upholding the principles of SJ and leveraging the power of storytelling to inspire a brighter, more hopeful future.

Finally, I would especially like to thank my mentors and editors at Transitions. They were very patient and ready to help at any time, and I am glad that I had the opportunity to learn from them.

All the best,


Teodora Djurnic works for the Montenegro Media Institute, an organization that promotes higher standards of journalism, media literacy, and freedom of expression.