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SoCJ to host Solutions Journalism Educators Academy

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Solutions Journalism Network Hub logoThis summer, the School of Communication and Journalism will welcome journalism educators from around the country to campus for the annual Solutions Journalism Educators Academy. 

This is the first time the event will be held on the East Coast; in previous years, it was held in Oregon.

“For years, we have been expanding our focus on solutions journalism and integrating the approach into our courses and curricula,” said Laura Lindenfeld, dean of the SoCJ and executive director of the Alda Center for Communicating Science. “It will be wonderful to share what we have learned and hear from others about what more we can do as educators to help future journalists and media professionals bring together people and communities to work together to address different local challenges.”

The conference will take place on the Stony Brook campus July 10-11. It is open to journalism educators interested in learning or deepening their experience in teaching solutions journalism.

Solutions journalism is an approach to reporting that emphasizes how different communities are tackling similar problems. By comparing different approaches across geography and culture, journalism can bring communities together to find and develop their own possible responses.

The SoCJ was named one of four hub institutions by the Solutions Journalism Network in 2022. Each of the hubs is charged with finding ways to bring together journalists, educators and students to learn about and share resources about how a solutions journalism approach can support education, community engagement and the practice of journalism.

That year, the School launched a journalism master’s degree with a strong focus on solutions journalism, and several faculty have since become accredited solutions journalism educators. Faculty and students have produced solutions journalism stories about trash equity, climate change, mental health and housing.

“For any educator looking to up their game in teaching SoJo, this is a not-to-be-missed opportunity,” said Michael Davis, SJN’s manager of training and curriculum. “Participants will return to their campuses super-charged.” 

The event is supported by the SoCJ, the Solutions Journalism Network and the Stony Brook Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives.

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