We are thrilled to welcome 21 newsrooms to the 2023 Advancing Democracy Fellowship, the second year of an initiative that’s jointly run by  the Solutions Journalism Network, Hearken and Trusting News. The nine-month fellowship will equip newsroom-based journalists to transform their coverage of elections and democracy through solutions-focused reporting and engagement methods that build trust and avoid polarization.

The program includes training, coaching, peer support and a stipend that all support innovative news coverage. The goal is for newsrooms to adopt practices that address our democracy’s challenges by helping news organizations build civic engagement, equity and healthy discourse.

Newsrooms will participate in a curriculum that includes training in the Citizens Agenda approach, solutions journalism, Asset-Framing®, ethics, and building trust with audiences.

The 2023 Advancing Democracy Fellowship newsrooms (in alphabetical order): 

  1. Bay City News Foundation – California
  2. Better Government Association– Illinois
  3. Cedar Rapids Gazette – Iowa
  4. Chattanooga Times Free Press – Tennessee
  5. Chicago Public Media – Illinois
  6. Conecta Arizona – Arizona
  7. Dallas Free Press – Texas
  8. Detroit Free Press – Michigan
  9. El Comercio de Colorado – Colorado
  10. Evanston RoundTable – Illinois
  11. Fort Worth Report – Texas
  12. KUNR Public Radio – Nevada
  13. La Raza Chicago – Illinois
  14. Latino News Network – Connecticut
  15. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – Wisconsin
  16. Outlier Media – Michigan
  17. Planet Detroit – Michigan
  18. The Capital Times – Wisconsin
  19. The Current – Louisiana
  20. USA TODAY Network Ohio Bureau – Ohio
  21. WUWM Radio – Wisconsin

This fellowship is a joint initiative from Hearken, Solutions Journalism Network and Trusting News.

Solutions Journalism Network (SJN) is leading a global shift in journalism, focused on what the news misses most often: how people are trying to solve problems and what we can learn from their successes or failures. Since its founding in 2013, more than 600 news organizations and over 27,000 journalists worldwide have engaged with SJN’s in-person workshops, online resources, collaboratives, fellowships and cohorts.

Hearken  is a social impact consultancy that uses the power of community engagement to impact and influence systems for the public good. Hearken is an expert in deep listening, and their pioneering public-powered model and technology solutions have resulted in newsrooms around the world building listening and engagement into their strategies, workflows and bottom lines. 

Trusting News examines how people decide what news to trust and turns that knowledge into actionable strategies for journalists. Its staff trains and empowers journalists to take responsibility for demonstrating credibility and actively earning trust through transparency and engagement. In a continual cycle of research, learning and sharing with the industry, Trusting News explores how to incorporate trust-building into journalism’s standards and practices.

Solutions Journalism Network
Trusting News
Poynter Institute
Good Conflict

This fellowship is made possible with financial support from the Henry Luce Foundation, Joyce Foundation, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and Solutions Journalism Network.

Henry Luce Foundation
The Joyce Foundation
William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

For questions about the program and curricula, contact Jaisal Noor (jaisal[@]solutionsjournalism[.]org).

For questions about supporting the program, contact Elizabeth Share (elizabethshare[@]solutionsjournalism[.]org).