Solutions Journalism that Complicates the Narratives

Solutions Journalism Network

Illustration by Michael Marsicano

As the United States grapples with worsening polarization and seemingly intractable conflict, journalists are being called to tell the whole story by "complicating the narrative (CTN)" on existing issues. Inspired by Amanda Ripley’s landmark essay of the same name, these stories "complicate the narrative" by using conflict mediation techniques to surface deeper truths about the communities they cover, and provide greater understanding about issues those communities face. This process of listening, trust-building and working across divides led journalists to uncover more authentic solutions to these divisive problems.

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