If It’s To Be, It’s Up To Me

MANSFIELD, OH - Can citizens, communities, and media ecosystems, including those across Indian Country, work collectively toward solutions to address and solve critical issues facing the Country? According to representatives from the New York Times, Native Public Media, and Arizona Daily Star who participated in the Solutions Journalism Summit in Mansfield, Ohio, the answer is yes!

According to Melissa Begay of Native Public Media, Solutions Journalism focuses on solutions rather than telling the story of the problem. It is a rigorous and compelling way to report on responses to social problems and is a different approach to what Indian Country is use to.

She explains, “With a solutions journalism approach, tribal newspapers and tribal radio in partnership with their communities can tackle serious problems such as bullying, suicide, obesity, the opioid crisis, and other social ills. The ultimate goal is to engage citizens in changing their communities.”