A homeless man begs for change in San Francisco.

What is the journalist’s role when covering social issues like homelessness and poverty? Should journalists stick with the facts or propose possible solutions? That’s the question that Daniel Heimpel explores in “Journalism for Social Change,” an online course he teaches at UC Berkeley. We talk with Heimpel and David Bornstein of the Solutions Journalism Network about the line between journalism and advocacy.

‘Solutions Journalism’ Pushes Boundaries of Traditional Reporting 27 January,2015forum

Daniel Heimpel, director of Fostering Media Connections and teacher of a journalism for social change course at UC Berkeley's Goldman School of Public Policy
David Bornstein, co-founder of the Solutions Journalism Network

  • Beth Grant DeRoos

    To me a journalist offering solutions makes perfect sense since journal is in the word journalist. Keeping a journal of observations, goals and solutions lead to action.
    So YES! A journalist suggesting solutions to any problem makes 100% sense.

    Keeping a journal is what has resulted in me networking with other Sierra folks to make a tiny house on wheels community, for ourselves and friends we know are sleeping in their car, living in a tent hidden away.

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