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The Solutions Journalism Educators Academy is a two-day training on teaching solutions journalism at the collegiate level. The Academy covers teaching the four qualities; framing, sourcing and finding solutions stories; advocacy, rigor and impostors; community engagement and interviewing; story structure; creating learning goals and objectives; and refining assignments and instructional activities. The Academy is an initiative of the Catalyst Journalism Project and is made possible with a grant from the Solutions Journalism Network, with funding from the Enlight Foundation.

You Will Learn

  • How solutions journalism can engage students and audiences
  • How to teach students to frame, source, interview for and structure solutions stories for print and multimedia
  • How to develop class lectures, discussion, exercises and assignments for SoJo courses or SoJo modules within existing journalism courses

2022 Solutions Journalism Educators Academy
(Call for Applications)

July 12 and 13, 2022 in Portland, Oregon

In partnership with the Solutions Journalism Network, the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication is delighted to announce details for our annual Solutions Journalism Educators Academy. The Academy is designed for university journalism faculty members interested in learning how to teach solutions journalism at the collegiate level.

In summer 2022 we will offer a two-day in-person SoJo Educators Academy. The Academy will be held in the White Stag Building on the UO Campus in Portland, Oregon. We will closely monitor COVID developments and if need be, we will move the Academy to a remote format and held via zoom, which will be a modified version of our in-person academies.

Application details posted below on this page.

Academy Leaders

The Academy is organized by University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication faculty members Nicole Dahmen and Brent Walth. Kathryn Thier will lead the academy. A representative of the Solutions Journalism Network team will also participate in the Academy.

kathryn thier

Kathryn Thier

Kathryn Thier is a former UO journalism instructor and is currently a doctoral student at the University of Maryland Department of Communication. She has published peer-reviewed research on solutions journalism and is an internationally-recognized leader in teaching solutions journalism. She has been named a top 20 innovative j-school educator by MediaShift.

Nicole Dahmen, Ph.D.

Nicole Dahmen

Nicole Dahmen, Ph.D., an associate professor, is a visual communication scholar with a focus on solutions journalism and multimedia reporting and teaching. She is becoming a leading scholar on the theory and practice of solutions journalism and other contextual reporting forms.

brent walth

Brent Walth

Brent Walth, an assistant professor and Pulitzer-prize winning investigative reporter, has 34 years of experience writing, reporting, and editing. He is a self-described “solutions journalism convert,” who brings an investigative lens to the practice and teaching of solutions journalism.

Testimonials From Previous Participants


To participate, please submit the following as one PDF file:

  • a cover letter discussing your interest in teaching solutions journalism and in the Educators Academy,
  • a current curriculum vitae,
  • a short letter of support for Academy attendance from your dean/director/department head;
  • the names with contact information for three academic references

Complete applications should be emailed to Dr. Nicole Dahmen at by 5 p.m. PST on Friday, February 4, 2022. Selected participants will be notified by the end of March 2022.


How much do I need to know about solutions journalism ahead of time?

General knowledge of the practice is preferred, but detailed knowledge is not required. To learn more about solutions journalism, visit the Learning Lab on the Solutions Journalism Network website:

How many participants will you accept for the Academy?

All accepted applicants from 2020 are automatically admitted for summer 2021, and we plan to accept about 15 new participants for summer 2021.

Do I have to have a professional journalism background?

No, but you do have to be a full-time faculty member of a recognized journalism program at the collegiate level.

What else do I need?

A good attitude and a desire to innovate and collaborate.

How will the virtual version work?

We typically hold our academy in person, but are planning virtual versions for summer 2021 due to ongoing COVID concerns. The academy will run from about 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. PST over two days. A detailed schedule will be provided in advance of the academy.

Other questions?

Please contact Dr. Nicole Dahmen at or at 541-346-2588.

Meet Previous Attendees

July 2021 Solutions Journalism Educators Academy

June 2021 Solutions Journalism Educators Academy

2019 Solutions Journalism Educators Academy

2018 Solutions Journalism Educators Academy

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