Jeremy Druker is the executive director of Transitions (TOL), one of Central and Eastern Europe's leading media development organizations, and editor in chief of TOL's flagship publication, Transitions, which focuses on solutions journalism in CEE. He has led dozens of workshops on solutions journalism across Central and Eastern Europe and co-authored an online course on solutions journalism. He is also founder/CEO of Press Start, the first global crowdfunding platform designed specifically to support journalists in countries where the press cannot report freely. Jeremy is a former chairman of the board of the Fulbright Commission in the Czech Republic and a member of the supervisory board of the Czech Journalism Prizes, the "Czech Pulitzers." Jeremy has been an Ashoka Fellow since 2010. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Harvard College and a master’s in international affairs from Columbia University. A native of Brooklyn, New York, he now lives in Prague, which he has called home for more than 25 years.
We are witnessing a worrying trend of increasing news avoidance and decreasing trust in media across the globe, made worse by news fatigue exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic. What can the news media industry do? This session will explore how solutions journalism aims to inspire audiences and create real-world impact by reporting on responses to social problems. Evidence shows that this approach to reporting leads to increased audience engagement, positive attitude towards news and renewed trust in media.