Solutions Journalism Network: Impact

Impact Tracking: Why and What?

The mission of journalism – and solutions journalism – is to provide information that can help communities tackle problems big and small. Journalists and news organizations increasingly need and want to show how they’re living up to that goal to their communities, their shareholders or boards, and/or other financial supporters.

This Impact Tracker can help you – and us at the Solutions Journalism Network – better track a broad range of impact, everything from sparking constructive community conversation to changing government practices and raising revenue. It’s designed to help you share examples that show clear ties between solutions journalism and shifts in civic discourse, new initiatives, changes in laws and policies and more. It also will help us share your successes with other news organizations and with the world. Solutions journalism is powerful! Helps us show all the ways it’s making a difference.  

For examples of impact, see our reports here.


Accountability and/or Institutional Change: Solutions coverage contributes to a change in policy, law or practice.

Cross-Pollination: Through solutions journalism, a community learns about something happening elsewhere, which sparks significant discussion and/or action.

Civic Discourse & Engagement: Solutions coverage leads to a change in public discourse around specific issues and/or action by community members.

Audience Engagement & Trust:  Solutions coverage leads to increased engagement and/or trust between a community and a newsroom.


Revenue: News organizations receive income from funders, readers and/or businesses related to solutions journalism projects, beats, sections, events, etc. 

Practice change:  A newsroom, college journalism program or other organization expands or deepens the quantity or quality of its solutions journalism.


Awards: Solutions coverage is recognized with a prestigious prize or award at a state or national level.

Organic spread: Newsrooms and other organizations establish new and significant solutions journalism projects without the financial support or training of the Solutions Journalism Network. 

What happened? Record it below!

Thank you for sharing your insights with the Solutions Journalism Network. The intel you share helps us serve you better. We’re also on the hunt for anecdotes to share in trainings and newsletters for the Network. We’ll ask before we share any of the information here. 

You will receive an email with a copy of what you submitted shortly.