'It's Getting People More Engaged in Things': Responses to Solutions-Oriented News in the Context of COVID-19
17 Pages Posted: 17 May 2021
Date Written: May 19, 2021
This preprint presents preliminary findings from a major new study that examines UK audience perceptions of solutions-oriented journalism in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Using a nationally representative survey (n=2015) and in-depth interviews (n=59), members of the UK public were asked about their evaluations of problems-focussed news and solutions-orientated news. Findings suggest that UK audiences are – on the whole – positive towards the concept of solutions-oriented news, identifying its potential to enhance their interest in the news, feel more positive about the potential for change, and empower them to take actions in their local community. We also reveal some of the demographic factors that are associated with support for solutions journalism.
Keywords: constructive journalism, solutions journalism, COVID-19
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation