Throughout the spring of 2014, students across all 14 Big Ten Universities have submitted dozens of solutions stories, highlighting the best of their universities. Thanks to the work of Big Ten student journalists, the contributions of students, faculty and alumni are not going unnoticed. And what contributions they are!
We received stories that spanned topics and achievements—from environmental movements across the communities Big Ten universities call home, to unique strategies to mentor the next generation of Big Ten fans, to examples of how a Big Ten education equips alumni to create social solutions around the world.
And thank you to our partners on all 14 campuses who helped to spread the word about BTN LiveBIG share a Solution. It was a pleasure getting to know the deans and professors of journalism and communications, and an honor to have them teaching their students about solutions journalism as a part of the initiative. And student run media organizations on each campus, particularly newspapers, have shown that Big Ten students are not just strong journalists, but strong leaders in their field.
Now through the beginning of May, we will review all of our fantastic submissions. The five best examples of solutions journalism will be awarded the inaugural BTN LiveBIG Solutions Journalism Award. The winning student journalists will receive acknowledgement from BTN, as well as have their award announced right here on http://www.btnlivebig.com.
Check back during the week of May 5th to see the results and read the stories selected.
Selecting just five stories will be a challenge, with so many great examples of solutions stories to choose from, but we have assembled an esteemed panel of judges with experience both in creating solutions to social problems and writing about the impact of these solutions:
Charlyne Berens is the Associate Dean and a professor of journalism at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Journalism and Mass Communications. She was one of the faculty members who helped produce “Renovating the Republic,” the depth reporting magazine about Germany that was published in 2007, and “Fabric as Narrative,” a magazine about international quilting that was published in 2008. In addition to teaching, Charlyne loves to write and has published two books about the Nebraska Unicameral Legislature.
David Bornstein a journalist and author who focuses on social innovation. He co-authors the “Fixes” column in The New York Times “Opinionator” section. His books include How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas, The Price of a Dream: The Story of the Grameen Bank, and Social Entrepreneurship: What Everyone Needs to Know. He is the co-founder of the Solutions Journalism Network, an organization focused on legitimizing and spreading the practice of solutions journalism.
Lucy Dalgish is the Dean of the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland. She served as executive director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press from 2000 to 2012. Before this, Lucy Dalgish was a media lawyer for almost five years. Lucy is an award-winning journalist whose honors include the Kiplinger Award by the National Press Foundation, and the Wells Memorial Key, the highest honor bestowed by the Society of Professional Journalists
Rutgers University alumni Steve Miller is a professor of television and media at Rutgers University, as well as the coordinator of undergraduate studies for the Ruger’s Department of Journalism and Media Studies. Steve serves on the council for the campus radio Station, RSU-FM, and has been a member of many other university-wide broadcast committee. He has also acted as a consultant, evaluating reporters’ on air presentation and performance.
Northwestern University alum Tina Rosenberg is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author. She co-authors the “Fixes” column in The New York Times “Opinionator” section. She is a former editorial writer for the New York Times and a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine, and a co-founder of the Solutions Journalism Network.
University of Wisconsin alum and former Badger football player Jake Wood has been featured on BTN LiveBIG for his work as the co-founder and chief executive officer of Team Rubicon, an organization that unites the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams.