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Reclaiming News as a Public Good

“Journalist interested in what works and why.” So reads the Twitter bio of this week’s guest, Tina Rosenberg. She is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, in fact. She is a co-writer of the New York Times Fixes column which, according to the masthead, “examines solutions to social problems and why they work,” and she is a co-founder and VP for Innovation at Solutions Journalism Network. 

It is through this last initiative that she thoroughly shares her passion for rigorous reporting, educating future journalists, and reclaiming the news as an agent of public good.

“America is actually not that polarized,” says Rosenberg. “We think we’re a lot more polarized than we are because the media just shows the extremes on both sides. And I think that’s had a big effect on turning what should be a straightforward public health issue into a political issue.”

How heavily should the media shoulder the responsibility of the erosion of trust in journalism itself as an industry of fact and truth? How significant is the block toward our efforts to heal?

Tina has taken broad steps to change perception of the public in her field. She joins us this week to share her work, and to help us better understand how we can follow in her footsteps in building a healthy foundation of trust in journalism’s future. 

Links & Notes

  • (00:00) – Welcome to Mission Forward
  • (02:23) – On Solutions Journalism
  • (06:27) – Rethinking Language
  • (12:16) – How are newsrooms responding?
  • (15:48) – Cultivating Engagement
  • (21:16) – Solutions Journalism in the J-School Classroom
  • (22:15) – The Intersection of News and Public Health
  • (30:10) – How can we be better news consumers?

This season, we are taking you on a journey to meet ten people influencing and shaping how we communicate at scale for social change. From advertising executives to coalition directors, news editors, campaign managers, and authors, they're all people who are shaping and challenging the deep power of communication. If you’re working to become a more inclusive and thoughtful communicator, there’s nothing holding you back—except you.

Carrie Fox

Carrie Fox is the founder and CEO of Mission Partners, a woman-owned strategic communications firm and Certified B Corporation that guides high-potential nonprofits, foundations, and socially responsible corporations in realizing their greatest social impact. Since launching her first firm in 2004, she has guided hundreds of organizations around the world to lead with purpose, fueling organizations and their missions forward in new and more impactful ways.