Journalists are often tasked with reporting on crises, problems and what’s going wrong in the world. Investigating the people, places and communities that are instead exploring solutions to some of these issues offers a different approach. For freelancers, it’s a chance to stand out in an editor’s busy inbox and a field full of training resources and career development opportunities. Freelancers who report on solutions to social challenges may find new angles to stories that can separate them from the crowd, find new commissions or establish them as experts in their field through rigorous reporting.Download
For freelance journalists, the goals, the rate of progress on their targets, how communities and governments are working on them present a wealth of reporting ideas. Specialising in a goal or series of goals could be a new career path.
Charlotte Godart, an investigator for Bellingcat and Eric Reidy a freelance journalist involved in crowdsourcing information for migrant-related stories talk about crowdsourcing stories, what it means and how to go about it.