Could “Solutions Journalism” Be the Next Big Thing For Nonprofits?

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Sacha Evans, senior associate at DG + CO, talked with Kathryn Thier, adjunct instructor at the University of Oregon, who is wrapping up her first semester teaching one of the country’s first university courses entirely devoted to solutions journalism.

frank Finds: The Power of Practice, Ego and Nonprofits


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