NOT REGISTERED? REGISTER HERE
share this page
back to all topics

Communication and Media Studies

Scholars of communication are interested in the process of creating and interpreting messages; as such, it can be considered one of the most practical of disciplines. After all, we all engage in communication every day.  That same ubiquity also makes communication an incredibly wide-ranging discipline: communication scholars examines subjects as diverse as effective strategies for public speaking, workplace hierarchies, patient/provider interactions in healthcare, protests and demonstrations for social change, relationship building between friends, romantic partners, and family members, fan communities in television and popular culture, and much, much more.

While much current research is dedicated to improving the flow of messages in various areas of life, the way we introduce these concepts to students often focuses heavily on problems: what makes a bad speech, a bad relationship, an ineffective movement... This focus on problems is certainly not exclusive to the discipline of communication, but the truth remains that a problem-centric focus can leave our students feeling frustrated and overwhelmed, and therefore less likely to get involved in their communities to solve the problems they are studying in class. Solutions Journalism Network has created collections of stories with discussion questions to help communication and media professors shift their teaching focus toward solutions, and introduce their students to some of the most promising solutions to communicative, rhetorical, and technological problems that are being implemented around the world today.

Below we've compiled a few resources for you. First, you will see a list of keywords that you can click on and go to all of the stories in our database that have been tagged as fitting in to that topic. Next, you'll find a sampling of "Story Collections" on a variety of topics related to communication and media. Each of these collections include discussion questions that you can use with your students. For our entire selection of collections with discussion questions, visit our SJN Resources for Educators page.


All collections are free to download and licensed through the Creative Commons. Just click the "copy and customize" button within the collection to add or delete questions or stories from the Solutions Story Tracker -- SJN's searchable database of thousands of rigorously reported solutions stories published by a diversity of news outlets from around the world. If you decide to download one or more collections to assign to your students, you'll need to create a Solutions Journalism Network educator profile. Just click on the LOGIN/REGISTER in the upper right corner of the website to do so.


SJN also offers two additional resources appropriate for any discipline: the Complicating the Narratives Discussion Guides and the Making a Difference Course Modules. And be sure to check out our popular Journalist in the Classroom program. We have just a few slots remaining for this semester, so if you're interested in bringing a journalist to class to discuss a particular issue with your students, let us know.


Questions? Email our higher education program specialist Lanie Presswood at alane@solutionsjournalism.org.

  • Media access and policy
  • Communication media
  • Newest Stories

    House hunting apps giving agents a run for their money

    House hunting apps giving agents a run for thei...
    view story

    A group of moms on Facebook built an island of good-faith vaccine debate in a sea of misinformation

    A group of moms on Facebook built an island of ...
    view story

    South African Women Are Reclaiming Their Voices in the Media

    South African Women Are Reclaiming Their Voices...
    view story

    In India, Hospitals Are Turning Relatives into Expert Caregivers

    In India, Hospitals Are Turning Relatives into ...
    view story

    Get There Fast or Safe? A Crowdsourced Map Gives You the Option

    Get There Fast or Safe? A Crowdsourced Map Give...
    view story

    When the Local Paper Shrank, These Journalists Started an Alternative

    When the Local Paper Shrank, These Journalists ...
    view story

    India's healthcare workers are busting misinformation on WhatsApp

    India's healthcare workers are busting misinfor...
    view story

    How teens are using online platforms to call out racism in high school

    How teens are using online platforms to call ou...
    view story

    Local Platforms for Online Food Delivery Are Eating the Big Guys' Lunch

    Local Platforms for Online Food Delivery Are Ea...
    view story

    Internet from the moon: Varsity scholar nurtures his concept on inexpensive internet.

    Internet from the moon: Varsity scholar nurture...
    view story

    Can crowd funding save the media from France's billionaire press monopoly?

    Can crowd funding save the media from France's ...
    view story

    People Are Using an Ancient Method of Writing Arabic to Combat AI Censors

    People Are Using an Ancient Method of Writing A...
    view story

    'The Beachcombers' town is now famous for fighting climate change

    'The Beachcombers' town is now famous for fight...
    view story

    Can the News Be Fixed?

    Can the News Be Fixed?
    view story

    Digital Startups Are Breathing Life Into Canadian Journalism

    Digital Startups Are Breathing Life Into Canadi...
    view story

    ‘Blind date' for political rivals? TV show is breaking down barriers.

    ‘Blind date' for political rivals? TV show is b...
    view story

    The forest sound detectives

    The forest sound detectives
    view story

    Fifty new outlets, 250 journalists: Canadian startup unveils plan to revive local news

    Fifty new outlets, 250 journalists: Canadian st...
    view story

    Meet the influencers who are fighting the spread of online conspiracy theories

    Meet the influencers who are fighting the sprea...
    view story

    Undocumented but Unstoppable: The Undocumented Filmmakers Collective

    Undocumented but Unstoppable: The Undocumented ...
    view story

    How A U.K. Imam Countered Vaccine Hesitancy And Helped Thousands Get The 'Jab'

    How A U.K. Imam Countered Vaccine Hesitancy And...
    view story

    How to Sell the Coronavirus Vaccines to a Divided, Uneasy America

    How to Sell the Coronavirus Vaccines to a Divid...
    view story

    Digital Startup Fills News Niche in Wheeling, West Virginia

    Digital Startup Fills News Niche in Wheeling, W...
    view story

    The Videos Saving Lives in the Developing World

    The Videos Saving Lives in the Developing World
    view story

    Africa's Wikipedia Editors Are Changing How the World Sees Their Continent

    Africa's Wikipedia Editors Are Changing How the...
    view story

    Don't see what you're looking for?

    Click here to submit a suggestion for a topic that we should explore next.
    Or use the search box below to look for stories in our story database:

    It may take a few weeks to see your topic in the SolutionsU®, as we have a backlog of submissions longer than Ben Hur that we’re diligently working to eliminate. We appreciate your patience.

    Sign Up For The Response Weekly Newsletter
    SEARCH STORIES
    I WORK IN, TEACH, OR STUDY JOURNALISM Not a journalist, but I want to learn about solutions.
    AS A MEMBER, YOU WILL BE ABLE TO:
    • Access our training curriculum or attend a training
    • Share your stories
    • Join a local community of journalists
    • Attend story workshops and events to hone your craft
    • Get funding and additional support
    • Access the full Solutions Story Tracker®
    • Save favorite stories and create collections in your user profile
    • Receive emails containing the above offerings via occasional email throughout your membership
    TO JOIN, PLEASE SUBMIT THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION (*=REQUIRED)

    Not a journalist? Register here instead.



    Your information will be used to complete your application, and to subscribe you to occasional updates. We will only send you relevant information, which may be sent to you through any channel for which you provide contact information to us. We may use this information to target content we send you, but we will never sell or transfer your information to 3rd parties for commercial or advertising purposes. We may use your information to connect you to 3rd parties for the purpose of improving your membership and enriching your professional network. You can unsubscribe at any time from any content delivery channel, or from all of them, though unsubscribing may prevent you from participating in the opportunities provided by this program. View our full privacy policy here.

    Here is what you will get:
    • Unlimited access to thousands of stories from around the world
    • First look and access to new features, tools, and resources
    • Curated newsletters with top stories
    • Invitations to SolutionsU® community events
    • Receive emails containing the above offerings via occasional email throughout your membership
    • And much more to come…
    It’s easy and will take less than 2 minutes.

    Journalist or J-School? Register here instead.



    Your information will be used to complete your application, and to subscribe you to occasional updates. We will only send you relevant information, which may be sent to you through any channel for which you provide contact information to us. We may use this information to target content we send you, but we will never sell or transfer your information to 3rd parties for commercial or advertising purposes. We may use your information to connect you to 3rd parties for the purpose of improving your membership and enriching your professional network. You can unsubscribe at any time from any content delivery channel, or from all of them, though unsubscribing may prevent you from participating in the opportunities provided by this program. View our full privacy policy here.

    It may take a few weeks to see your topic in the SolutionsU®, as we have a backlog of submissions longer than Ben Hur that we’re diligently working to eliminate. We appreciate your patience.

    Our issue area taxonomy was adapted from the PCS Taxonomy with definitions by the Foundation Center, which is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial 4.0 International License.

    Photos are licensed under Attribution Non Commercial 2.0 Generic Creative Commons license / Desaturated from original, and are credited to the following photographers:

    Fondriest Environmental, David De Wit / Community Eye Health, Linda Steil / Herald Post, John Amis / UGA College of Ag & Environmental Sciences – OCCS, Andy B, Peter Garnhum, Thomas Hawk, 7ty9, Isriya Paireepairit, David Berger, UnLtd The Foundation For Social Entrepreneurs, Michael Dunne, Burak Kebapci, and Forrest Berkshire / U.S. Army Cadet Command public affairs

    Photos are licensed under Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike 2.0 Generic Creative Commons license, and are credited to the following photographers:

    Ra'ed Qutena, 段 文慶, Fabio Campo, City Clock Magazine, Justin Norman, scarlatti2004, Gary Simmons, Kathryn McCallum, and Nearsoft Inc

    Photos are licensed under CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0) Public Domain Dedication Creative Commons license / Desaturated from original, and are credited to the following photographers:

    Burak Kebapci and SCY.

    Photos are licensed under Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0) and are credited to the US Army Corps of Engineers.

    Conference attendee listening to speaker, Jenifer Daniels / Colorstock getcolorstock.com.

    Photo Credit: Kevork Djansezian via Getty Images

    Photo Credit: Sonia Narang