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Solutions journalism and the politically awkward question of leadership


Dodd, B, Solutions journalism and the politically awkward question of leadership, Annual Conference of the Journalism Education and Research Association of Australia, 3-5 December, The Media School of the University of Tasmania (2018) [Conference Extract]

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Tailored for an increasingly distracted and pessimistic audience, solutions journalism offers a democratic reorientation of journalism towards solutions, alternatives and success stories. Its proponents define the practice as "rigorous and compelling reporting about responses to social problems" (Bansal and Martin, 2015, p. 2). It seeks to balance crime and corruption reporting with an optimistic account of the future by showcasing transformative innovations and innovators. However, unlike preceding reform movements, solutions journalism has developed rapidly as a practice without the academic attention and controversy that surrounded public journalism in the 1990s. This presentation attends to this significant movement in reporting and argues that its success is a product of a more nuanced appreciation of the value of leadership and specialisation than its public journalism forebears. Drawing upon doctoral research, this paper presents a democratic theory of leadership in the ‘governmental field’ and draws out some recommendations for the movement going forward.

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Item Type:Conference Extract
Keywords:solutions journalism, future, metaphor, news framing, leadership, Tasmania
Research Division:Language, Communication and Culture
Research Group:Communication and media studies
Research Field:Journalism studies
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Communication
Objective Field:The media
UTAS Author:Dodd, B (Mr Bill Dodd)
ID Code:132270
Year Published:2018
Deposited By:School of Creative Arts and Media
Deposited On:2019-05-01
Last Modified:2019-05-01

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