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    Building solutions journalism into newsroom practice

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    Join the fifth in our series to help Australian journalists understand and put solutions journalism into practice. In this session we will explore how to make solutions journalism part of a media outlet's overall offering - and how to communicate that to the audiences you serve.

    DATE: Thursday 30 May 2024
    TIME: 10am-11.30am Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne time
    VENUE: Virtual
    TICKETS: Free, registration essential


    TRAINER: Corinne Podger is Senior Manager for Programs and Education at the Walkley Foundation for Journalism. Corinne has worked in the media sector for more than 30 years as an journalist, educator, lecturer, and author and provided training consultancy to support learning outcomes and professional development for reporters in more than 60 countries on behalf of organisations such as WAN-IFRA, the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union, and Thomson Reuters Foundation. She is accredited trainer with the Solutions Journalism Network, and for the BBC and Reuters.

    SPEAKER: Sabra Lane presents AM at the ABC, and curates The Bright Side - a fortnightly solutions-journalism focused newsletter.

    SPEAKER: Drew Ambrose is an international correspondent specialising in long-form news documentaries and digital feature projects on global affairs at Al Jazeera. He has created two special series for Al Jazeera English, A Sense of Community and Mindset, which draw upon the principles of solutions journalism. 

    By the end of this session, participants will: 

    • Understand how to successfully implement solutions journalism in a newsroom and hear from media outlets that have incorporated solutions into newsroom practice
    • Understand how to build a solutions approach into news forward planning and newsgathering
    • Understand how storytelling innovation often happens in one part of a newsroom business – and how to encourage organisation-wide buy-in
    • Be able to plan solutions coverage alongside traditional news coverage in your own reporting
    • Be introduced to case studies and tips to share with colleagues to help them use solutions approaches
    • Be able to prepare an action plan for trialing and expanding solutions journalism in your newsroom
    • Be able to be a ‘solutions journalism champion’ as a reporter or freelancer


    Full list of 2024 sessions:

    1. Learn the fundamentals of solutions journalism: 20 November 2023
    2. Making the business case for solutions journalism: 21 February 2024
    3. Using solutions journalism to strengthen audience and community relationships: 20 March 2024
    4. Using solutions journalism to cover diverse communities: 1 May 2024
    5. Building solutions journalism into newsroom practice: 30 May 2024
    6. Delivering and measuring the impact of solutions stories: 19 June 2024
    7. Introduction to the Walkley Foundation Solutions Journalism Grant: July 2024
    8. Meeting with successful grantees: October 2024


    Further information: 

    Corinne Podger, Senior Manager for Programs and Education, Walkley Foundation - corinne.podger@walkleys.com.


    Support the Walkley Public Fund

    This program is made possible with the support of The Walkley Public Fund. Donations to the Public Fund are tax-deductible, and help support Foundation professional development programs including grants, scholarships and fellowships, and training. Learn more and donate here.


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