Can media help solve society's problems?

Online discussion looks at 'solutions journalism' as a benefit to a healthy democracy

BRATTLEBORO — The public is invited to attend a Media Mentoring panel discussion on Thursday, Nov. 30, at 7 p.m. on Zoom about a different approach to media that seeks to uncover and report on how people are trying to solve problems - not just the bad news, but what's working and why - offering communities with information they need to participate in a healthy democracy.

Leading this global shift in journalism is MMP guest David Bornstein, CEO and co-founder of the Solutions Journalism Network, which is working to establish a leading shift in journalism as an integral part of mainstream news - rigorous and compelling reporting on responses to social problems.

Bornstein has been a journalist for 30 years. From 2010-21, he co-authored the "Fixes" column in The New York Times, which focused on social innovation. He is the author of How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas, which has been published in 25 languages; The Price of a Dream: The Story of the Grameen Bank, and Social Entrepreneurship: What Everyone Needs to Know.

Joining the discussion from The Commons is Editor Jeff Potter and News Editor Randy Holhut. Joyce Marcel, writer of award-winning cover stories for Vermont Business Magazine and a government reporter for The Commons, will moderate.

News reporters and editors, nonprofits, selectboards, freelance journalists, changemakers, and anyone who wants to be part of the solution are invited to attend.

To get the Zoom link to this presentation, visit

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