Crime and corruption, troubled schools, drug epidemics, natural disasters—the news deals with some pretty discouraging subjects.
But it doesn’t have to be negative. In recent years, a movement for “solutions-oriented journalism” that highlights promising responses to social challenges has picked up steam. The Solutions Journalism Network, one of the leading advocates for the approach, has trained newsrooms around the country. And earlier this year, the network launched “Small Towns, Big Change,” a partnership with seven local newsrooms in southern Colorado and New Mexico designed to bring solutions journalism to smaller communities in the rural Mountain West. Over the summer, I caught up with a few of the people involved in that project: Ben Goldfarb and Leah Todd of the Solutions Journalism Network and reporter J.R. Logan of the Taos News, one of the participating news outlets.
Like most news organizations, The Cannabist is thinking beyond its website. Baca just finished recording the 78th episode of The Cannabist Show, a podcast that gets between 2,500 and 5,000 plays per week. The site is now starting to find sponsors for the podcast, which features conversations with industry experts and regulators. Regular features on the podcast include "The Week in Weed" and a light-hearted segment about the various insider-y terms used by those in the know.
My Burning Man expense report is the most creative writing I do all year.
More than anything, we want our newspaper to be your daily meeting ground and our website your electric mirror. We want to be you. There's nothing awful about that.