solutions journalism

We're back! After a month-long hiatus, KCBX's weekly news magazine returns. 

KCBX Two-Way: Air quality on the Nipomo Mesa

Aug 21, 2019
David Middlecamp/San Luis Obispo Tribune

Earlier this week, we heard from veteran NPR journalists Renee Montagne and Kelly McEvers, talking about the craft of journalism and a specific approach called solutions journalism, defined by some as rigorous reporting on effective responses to social problems. Next, we speak with a staff reporter from the San Luis Obispo Tribune about another approach, called engagement journalism, and a current project focused on air quality on the Nipomo Mesa, in south San Luis Obispo County.

We’re going to go behind the scenes of the news you hear on KCBX, and talk a bit about the craft of journalism.  In anticipation of the August 24th KCBX event at Cuesta College with NPR's Renee Montagne and Kelly McEvers, KCBX news director Greta Mart speaks with them about a specific approach in the profession called solutions journalism. According to the nonprofit Solutions Journalism Network, solutions journalism is rigorous reporting on responses to social problems. The SJN also says it involves “reporting on where and how people are doing better against a problem — removing excuses and setting a bar for what citizens should expect from institutions or governments.”