NOT REGISTERED? REGISTER HERE
Hide Advanced Search - Show Advanced Search +

We found 738 results for:

Community improvement ×
Clear

Title
& Description

News Outlet
& Journalist

Date
& Location

MEDIA TYPE
& LENGTH

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia Media Network)

Grace Dickinson

8 August 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Text

800-1500 Words

ADD TO COLLECTION
FAVORITE
VIEW STORY

Community refrigerators have been installed and stocked in parts of Philadelphia to alleviate food insecurity. Finding an ideal location requires knowing the needs of a community as well as its capacity to keep refrig...

High Country News

Nick Bowlin

6 August 2020

California, United States

Text

Under 800 Words

ADD TO COLLECTION
FAVORITE
VIEW STORY

The Industrial Areas Foundation, the country’s oldest community organizing group, adapted to coronavirus restrictions by using technology to win relief for immigrants without legal documentation in California. Organiz...

Mission Local

Lydia Chavez

5 August 2020

Sunnydale, California, United States

Text

800-1500 Words

ADD TO COLLECTION
FAVORITE
VIEW STORY

Community leaders in Sunnydale, CA contained a coronavirus scare through swift responses, appeals to the community, contact tracing and establishing neighborhood test sites. An emphasis on public education in the neig...

Quartz

Nicolás Rivero

5 August 2020

United States

Text

Under 800 Words

ADD TO COLLECTION
1
FAVORITE
VIEW STORY

Co-ops that have historically brought electricity and telephone services to rural America are now providing internet service. Broadband companies don't make a profit when covering a large area with limited households ...

Equal Times

Steve Rushton

3 August 2020

France

Text

1500-3000 Words

ADD TO COLLECTION
1
FAVORITE
VIEW STORY

There are 29 Resistance to Advertising Aggression (RAP) groups working in France to ban outdoor advertising such as billboards. The groups worked with the mayor in the city of Grenoble to cancel a contract for 326 out...

Next City

Edward Belleville

3 August 2020

Berlin, Germany

Text

1500-3000 Words

ADD TO COLLECTION
FAVORITE
VIEW STORY

Cities around the world are using apps and interactive platforms to encourage resident volunteers to care for their urban forests. For example, in Berlin, Gieß den Kiez (Water the Neighborhood) is an app that allows u...

WBBM-TV

Dorothy Tucker

Samah Assad

Carol Thompson

31 July 2020

Chicago, Illinois, United States

Broadcast TV News

5-15 Minutes

ADD TO COLLECTION
FAVORITE
VIEW STORY

Spurred by the high concentration of COVID-19 deaths in Black and Latinx neighborhoods on Chicago's South and West sides, city government teamed with multiple community groups to form a Racial Equity Rapid Response Te...

The New Yorker

Bill McKibben

28 July 2020

Vermont, United States

Text

1500-3000 Words

ADD TO COLLECTION
FAVORITE
VIEW STORY

Vermont has seen very few cases of COVID-19 compared to its neighboring states after implementing early preparedness protocols. While part of the success could be due to the small and homogeneous population of the sta...

The TRiiBE

Alex Nitkin

22 July 2020

Chicago, Illinois, United States

Text

1500-3000 Words

ADD TO COLLECTION
FAVORITE
VIEW STORY

After tense negotiations and protests, the Coalition for a CBA (Community Benefits Agreement) and the mayor of Chicago agreed to an ordinance guaranteeing a percentage of affordable housing for tenants making below 50...

Life & Thyme

Annelise Jolley

21 July 2020

Michigan, United States

Text

1500-3000 Words

ADD TO COLLECTION
FAVORITE
VIEW STORY

Food bartering helps families during times of food insecurity, which is often exacerbated by crises such as the Covid-19 pandemic. Families with lower incomes have bartered for food for a long time but the pandemic ha...

Waging Nonviolence

Loretta Graceffo

14 July 2020

Chicago, Illinois, United States

Text

1500-3000 Words

ADD TO COLLECTION
FAVORITE
VIEW STORY

Nonviolence Chicago uses street-outreach workers to mediate disputes and connect residents of violence-prone neighborhoods to needed services. Its work, amounting to tens of thousands of contacts per year with people ...

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Patricia McKnight

13 July 2020

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States

Text

800-1500 Words

ADD TO COLLECTION
FAVORITE
VIEW STORY

Urban agriculture is providing residents of Milwaukee with a direct link to their food through programs that include urban farming, community gardens, and the knowledge needed to maintain personal gardens. Gardening h...

The Connecticut Mirror

Isabella Zou

8 July 2020

Hartford, Connecticut, United States

Text

1500-3000 Words

ADD TO COLLECTION
FAVORITE
VIEW STORY

Members of a community group in North Hartford, CT are a positive presence on the streets of the dangerous neighborhood they once grew up in. Men Standing Up Against Violence aim to deter violence, provide support, me...

The New York Times

Michaela Haas

7 July 2020

New York, New York, United States

Text

800-1500 Words

ADD TO COLLECTION
FAVORITE
VIEW STORY

A new model for cooperatives guarantees a living wage for house cleaners, removing the uncertainty and exploitation typically associated with the gig economy. Up & Go is an app that brings entrepreneurs together as ow...

Generocity

Erin Flynn Jay

1 July 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Text

1500-3000 Words

ADD TO COLLECTION
FAVORITE
VIEW STORY

The New Sanctuary Movement of Philadelphia (NSM) adjusted its promotora model of organizing, which relies on neighbor-to-neighbor interaction to assess community needs, due to Covid-19. The immigrant justice nonprofit...

Religion News Service

Joshua Eaton

30 June 2020

Florissant, Missouri, United States

Text

800-1500 Words

ADD TO COLLECTION
FAVORITE
VIEW STORY

After receiving a call from the local hospital saying they needed help in containing the spread of coronavirus, members of Christ the King United Church of Christ in Florissant, Missouri began sewing masks for those i...

High Country News

Nick Bowlin

30 June 2020

San Francisco, California, United States

Text

800-1500 Words

ADD TO COLLECTION
1
FAVORITE
VIEW STORY

A "right-to-purchase" policy has enabled nonprofits to purchase residential buildings in gentrified neighborhoods in order to prevent the displacement of those relying on rent-controlled housing. Mission Economic Deve...

Mongabay

Sahana Ghosh

29 June 2020

Hinta, Rajasthan, India

Text

1500-3000 Words

ADD TO COLLECTION
FAVORITE
VIEW STORY

A group of farmers in India have been trained to monitor their village’s groundwater levels to help its residents make more informed decisions about irrigation based on water availability. The farmers-turned-researche...

The Victoria Advocate

Ciara McCarthy

27 June 2020

Waco, Texas, United States

Text

1500-3000 Words

ADD TO COLLECTION
FAVORITE
VIEW STORY

Jubilee provides an oasis in a desert - a food desert that is. The community grocery store provides the only fresh food for miles around at competitive prices and makes an effort to cater to the local clientele, stock...

FreshWater Cleveland

Sydney Kornegay

25 June 2020

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

Text

1500-3000 Words

ADD TO COLLECTION
FAVORITE
VIEW STORY

Congolese refugees in Cleveland, Ohio have created a security net for the most vulnerable amongst them with the formation of Congolese Community of Greater Cleveland. Prior to the pandemic, CCGC helped Congolese refug...

CNN

Ashley Vaughan

23 June 2020

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

Multi-Media

Under 800 Words

ADD TO COLLECTION
1
FAVORITE
VIEW STORY

University Rebuild brings together theater members in Minneapolis who are not working due to Covid-19 to use their skills in support of the Black Lives Matters movement by helping communities clean up, make repairs, a...

Wisconsin Watch

Will Cioci

23 June 2020

Madison, Wisconsin, United States

Photojournalism

1500-3000 Words

ADD TO COLLECTION
FAVORITE
VIEW STORY

A “rapid response” mural project transformed shuttered storefronts with vibrant messages of pride, perseverance, anger, justice, and unity. The project was funded by Arts in Public Places Looking Forward, a new organi...

Bangor Daily News

Ernie Clark

21 June 2020

Monson, Maine, United States

Text

1500-3000 Words

ADD TO COLLECTION
FAVORITE
VIEW STORY

A Portland-based foundation has revitalized a small town in Maine with the establishment of an arts colony, reconstruction of old buildings in downtown, and a full health center - a rarity for small towns. A declining...

Block Club Chicago

Pascal Sabino

16 June 2020

Chicago, Illinois, United States

Text

Under 800 Words

ADD TO COLLECTION
FAVORITE
VIEW STORY

When protests against police violence turned into looting and anti-Black violence in some Latinx neighborhoods, violence interrupters from groups such as UCAN, EnLace, and Chicago CRED brokered a peace agreement that ...

ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Angela Ross

11 June 2020

Australia

Multi-Media

800-1500 Words

ADD TO COLLECTION
FAVORITE
VIEW STORY

ABC News in Australia is using a solutions-focused, or constructive, approach to reporting on social problems. Focusing in particular on three areas, affordable housing, stormwater, and obesity, the Hobart newsroom is...

SJN'S CRITERIA FOR GOOD SOLUTIONS JOURNALISM:
  • Comes from a news outlet; has a date and a byline.
  • Focuses primarily on a response to a problem.
  • Conveys insight, so that its lessons are relevant and teachable to others.
  • Provides evidence of an approach's success or failure.
  • Addresses an approach's shortcomings or limitations.
  • Avoids advocacy, PR, and hero worship—instead focusing on credible, objective reporting.

Great suggestion! So great, that we already have that story listed in the Solutions Story Tracker®. View it here.

We appreciate your patience as we review your story submission. You can check on the status of all of your story submissions here.

It may take a few weeks to see your piece in the Solutions Story Tracker®, as we have a backlog of submissions longer than Ben Hur that we’re diligently working to eliminate. We appreciate your patience.

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