Many people don't want to be left alone with photos and reports of war and catastrophe. It seems that the more dismal the news situation, the greater the longing for a glimmer of hope.
This is one of the most important findings of the study "Solutions, perspectives, dialogue: Why constructive journalism pays off for the media and societies." The study was commissioned by the Grimme Institute and carried out by b° CEO Ellen Heinrichs and Alexandra Haderlein, the founder and editor in chief of Relenvanzreporter, a local membership-based Nuremberg news service.
According to the study, solutions-oriented journalism can help minimise the dangerous trend of news avoidance. Furthermore, experiences of reporting on the coronavirus reveal that the demand for useful, fact-based information is especially great during times of crisis.
"The public clearly wants possible solutions to be as much a part of the picture as the problems themselves," study author Ellen Heinrichs said. "Many people are looking for journalism that is relevant to and useful in their everyday lives."