Press Start has launched a new campaign which aims to shed light on period poverty in Hungary and find potential solutions to this issue, which is often neglected by Hungary’s media. Support Hungarian journalist Lili Rutai by donating to her crowdfunding campaign now! www.pressstart.org/Lili.
Solutions journalism heads to Western Balkans (at least remotely)
Background: Solutions journalism is rigorous reporting about responses to society’s problems. It is complete journalism that not only spotlights the problems but follows an evidence-based presentation of existing solutions, particularly important in the COVID-19 era. Our project on solutions journalism seeks to raise awareness about this approach and provide training, mentoring, and support for journalists in Central and Eastern Europe who want to get involved. As travel is still limited, we’ve started doing training via webinars, as highlighted on our platform TOL Education.
To learn more about our next events on solutions journalism, check out our dedicated page. We also recommend a special webinar that we co-hosted with the Solutions Journalism Network that especially highlighted stories from Europe that covered responses to the pandemic. The presentation was followed by a Q&A with Mark Rice-Oxley, head of special projects at The Guardian and editor of The Guardian’s SJ column, The Upside.
Former TOL correspondent wins a Pulitzer!
The Bulgarian journalist Boryana Dzhambazova is the winner of a shared Pulitzer Prize for a series of investigative pieces in The New York Times. Boryana conducted extensive research for the article: “How a Poisoning in Bulgaria Exposed Russian Assassins in Europe.” That piece helped unveil the actions of a Russian secret service unit, accused of conducting foreign assassinations in Europe and elsewhere. Boryana is an old friend of Transitions, serving once as our correspondent in Bulgaria and then as one of the leaders of our journalism crowdfunding platform, Press Start. She is now working with us to spread solutions journalism in Bulgaria. Below find some nice words Boryana recently said about getting her start with us.
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Calling all feminists and Solutions Journalism enthusiasts! Press Start has launched a new campaign which aims to shed light on period poverty in Hungary and find potential solutions to this issue, which is often neglected by Hungary’s media. Support Hungarian journalist Lili Rutai by donating to her crowdfunding campaign now! www.pressstart.org/Lili.
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