NOT REGISTERED? REGISTER HERE

Solutions Story Tracker®

12,600 stories produced by 1,585 news outlets, from 184 countries, and growing every day.

The Solutions Story Tracker® is a curated database of rigorous reporting on responses to social problems. We collect and tag every story, providing you with the ability to find coverage of effective or promising ideas and approaches— by issue, location, journalist, and success factor (strategic insights that emerge as patterns).

Hub celebrate
Submit Solutions Journalism
Story alerts
GET SOLUTIONS
STORIES IN
YOUR INBOX

RECENT STORIES

The Radical Shift in Drug Treatment Happening Inside California Prisons

Next City

Text / 1500-3000 Words

To combat opioid overdose deaths among incarcerated people, the California prison system in January 2020 launched a treatment program that combines medication-assisted treatment with counseling by professionals and fellow incarcerated people. The program uses the three most effective medications ...

ADD TO COLLECTION
FAVORITE
He befriended his brother's murderer. In each other, they found healing

Los Angeles Times

Text / 1500-3000 Words

Since the 1990s, California prisons' victim-aid office has arranged for crime victims to meet with the incarcerated people who harmed them or their family members. These victim-offender dialogues, a restorative-justice method offering alternative forms of accountability, have helped survivors hea...

ADD TO COLLECTION
1
FAVORITE
Prison reform curbs some solitary confinement, but how much?

The Everett Daily Herald (HeraldNet)

Text / 1500-3000 Words

Washington state prison officials say they have tried for years to reduce their use of solitary confinement. They made some progress toward that goal until the pandemic. Despite that complication, hundreds still live for months or even years in near-total isolation, which critics liken to torture...

ADD TO COLLECTION
FAVORITE
When Abusers Keep Their Guns

Reveal

Podcast / Over 15 Minutes

Starting in 1968, Congress has passed a series of laws, as have some states, stripping gun possession rights from people convicted of felonies or of domestic violence, or who are the subjects of restraining orders. But neither federal nor most state authorities do much to enforce the laws, relyin...

ADD TO COLLECTION
FAVORITE
Dozens of states have tried to end qualified immunity. Police officers and unions helped beat nearly every bill.

The Washington Post

Text / Over 3000 Words

Fifteen months after Colorado became the first state to strip law enforcement officers of their legal immunity from civil lawsuits for misconduct on the job, one lawsuit has been filed over a notorious incident while no real evidence has materialized that police department staffing will be gutted...

ADD TO COLLECTION
FAVORITE
Police face a 'crisis of trust' with Black motorists. One state's surprising policy may help.

NBC News

Text / 1500-3000 Words

A new Virginia law restricts when the police can stop motorists, limiting the chances for inequitable law enforcement. Barred from stopping vehicles based on minor infractions like a broken taillight, police in the first four months under the new law sharply reduced their stops of Black motorists...

ADD TO COLLECTION
FAVORITE
Why bother? Greater Cleveland's youth rise to the task of local civic engagement

The Land

Text / 1500-3000 Words

Cleveland high school students created votecle.com, a website that centralizes information about local elections. A “political alignment” survey on the site assesses users’ opinions on important political issues to match them with local candidates. The group focuses outreach on “drop-off voters,”...

ADD TO COLLECTION
FAVORITE
Tucson police chief says mental health workers in 911 center would ensure callers get the right response

Arizona Daily Star

Text / 1500-3000 Words

In 2019, Mesa police began diverting calls about suicide threats to a crisis line, where trained mental health professionals could provide counseling or dispatch a mobile crisis unit. Then they placed mental health professionals side by side with police dispatchers to triage 911 calls on the spot...

ADD TO COLLECTION
1
FAVORITE
Red Flag Laws Are Saving Lives. They Could Save More.

Stateline

Text / 1500-3000 Words

Nineteen states and the District of Columbia have enacted red-flag laws, most of them since the 2018 Parkland, Fla., school shooting. The laws, also called extreme risk protection order laws, allow law enforcement officials or family members to petition courts to confiscate guns from people deeme...

ADD TO COLLECTION
FAVORITE
Jharkhand's solar pump scheme aims to improve lives of farmers by increasing irrigation potential

Mongabay

Text / 1500-3000 Words

In India, small farmers face limited access to irrigation. However, a state-run program, which gives them access to solar powered pumps, is alleviating their problems. Not only is it better for their crops, increasing their income, but it's also better for the environment. The solar-powered pumps...

ADD TO COLLECTION
FAVORITE
Is Denver's Psilocybin Decriminalization Having An Impact?

Filter

Text / 1500-3000 Words

Since Denver voters approved the decriminalization of the natural psychedelic drug psilocybin, the small number of arrests grew even smaller and one supporter of the policy sees growing interest in the therapeutic use of the drug. Even though supporters admit the policy has not made a big impact,...

ADD TO COLLECTION
FAVORITE
Upper Valley farmers use variety of strategies to limit contributions to climate change

Valley News

Text / 1500-3000 Words

Agriculture accounts for 10 percent of greenhouse emmisons in the U.S. according to the Environmental Protection Agency. This article details efforts by small farmers to reduce carbon emissions as part of a larger fight against climate change. Some of their methods include things like switching t...

ADD TO COLLECTION
FAVORITE
I WORK IN, TEACH, OR STUDY JOURNALISM Not a journalist, but I want to learn about solutions.
AS A MEMBER, YOU WILL BE ABLE TO:
  • Access our training curriculum or attend a training
  • Share your stories
  • Join a local community of journalists
  • Attend story workshops and events to hone your craft
  • Get funding and additional support
  • Access the full Solutions Story Tracker®
  • Save favorite stories and create collections in your user profile
  • Receive emails containing the above offerings via occasional email throughout your membership
TO JOIN, PLEASE SUBMIT THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION (*=REQUIRED)

Not a journalist? Register here instead.



Your information will be used to complete your application, and to subscribe you to occasional updates. We will only send you relevant information, which may be sent to you through any channel for which you provide contact information to us. We may use this information to target content we send you, but we will never sell or transfer your information to 3rd parties for commercial or advertising purposes. We may use your information to connect you to 3rd parties for the purpose of improving your membership and enriching your professional network. You can unsubscribe at any time from any content delivery channel, or from all of them, though unsubscribing may prevent you from participating in the opportunities provided by this program. View our full privacy policy here.

Here is what you will get:
  • Unlimited access to thousands of stories from around the world
  • First look and access to new features, tools, and resources
  • Curated newsletters with top stories
  • Invitations to SolutionsU® community events
  • Receive emails containing the above offerings via occasional email throughout your membership
  • And much more to come…
It’s easy and will take less than 2 minutes.

Journalist or J-School? Register here instead.



Your information will be used to complete your application, and to subscribe you to occasional updates. We will only send you relevant information, which may be sent to you through any channel for which you provide contact information to us. We may use this information to target content we send you, but we will never sell or transfer your information to 3rd parties for commercial or advertising purposes. We may use your information to connect you to 3rd parties for the purpose of improving your membership and enriching your professional network. You can unsubscribe at any time from any content delivery channel, or from all of them, though unsubscribing may prevent you from participating in the opportunities provided by this program. View our full privacy policy here.

Our issue area taxonomy was adapted from the PCS Taxonomy with definitions by the Foundation Center, which is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial 4.0 International License.

Photos are licensed under Attribution Non Commercial 2.0 Generic Creative Commons license / Desaturated from original, and are credited to the following photographers:

Fondriest Environmental, David De Wit / Community Eye Health, Linda Steil / Herald Post, John Amis / UGA College of Ag & Environmental Sciences – OCCS, Andy B, Peter Garnhum, Thomas Hawk, 7ty9, Isriya Paireepairit, David Berger, UnLtd The Foundation For Social Entrepreneurs, Michael Dunne, Burak Kebapci, and Forrest Berkshire / U.S. Army Cadet Command public affairs

Photos are licensed under Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike 2.0 Generic Creative Commons license, and are credited to the following photographers:

Ra'ed Qutena, 段 文慶, Fabio Campo, City Clock Magazine, Justin Norman, scarlatti2004, Gary Simmons, Kathryn McCallum, and Nearsoft Inc

Photos are licensed under CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0) Public Domain Dedication Creative Commons license / Desaturated from original, and are credited to the following photographers:

Burak Kebapci and SCY.

Photos are licensed under Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0) and are credited to the US Army Corps of Engineers.

Conference attendee listening to speaker, Jenifer Daniels / Colorstock getcolorstock.com.

Photo Credit: Kevork Djansezian via Getty Images

Photo Credit: Sonia Narang