This reporters guide, published by Solutions Journalism Network and the Pulitzer Center, introduces journalists to potential solutions-oriented angles to maternal health stories.
The Solutions Journalism Network works to support and legitimise the practice of solutions journalism: "rigorous and compelling reporting about responses to social problems". They seek to help reporters examine not just what's wrong, but also to provide examples of innovators working toward solutions – focusing not just on what may be working (based on available evidence), but how and why it appears to be working, and alternatively, in what ways it may be falling short.
The guide contains the following:
- Data from the Global Burden of Disease study to uncover "bright spots", or places where maternal mortality has decreased tremendously and could offer insights for others.
- Basic maternal health statistics (how many, where, and how women are dying) and an introduction to the biggest challenges in maternal health.
- An outline of several ways communities and innovators are responding to maternal mortality – and for each, noted pros, cons, and potential sources to use, in case reporters are interested in digging deeper.
- Advice from a few leading global health journalists about reporting on this sensitive issue.
- A few resources that can get reporters started.
Solutions Journalism Network website on June 6 2013.