LiveBIG: Share A Solution, April 3, 2014

BTN LiveBIG Share a Solution looks to engage student journalists to investigate and report on how people from their schools are creating credible responses to social problems. It taps into the growing field of solutions journalism, reporting that include examples of what people are doing to solve problems, highlighting not just news of their success, but details on how or why the approach is working.

Over the last couple months, we have received great examples of solutions journalism from all over the Big Ten Conference. Big Ten students, submit your stories to us by April 18th to be considered for the inaugural BTN LiveBIG Solutions Journalism Award.

Here are two of the great entries we have received so far!

For youth in urban public schools, there can be an achievement gap. But teachers trained by the Urban Teacher Center are learning unique methods that equip them to help these students get ahead. Many Penn State alumni are involved in the center, which is changing the lives of children in Washington, D.C. and Baltimore

Chelsea Friedman at The Daily Collegian (Penn State) shared this story.

As members of the Society of Women Engineers, University of Illinois students Janna Eaves and Supriya Hobbs noticed there was a lack of positive role models for girls. The two created a plan to develop dolls modeled after women accomplished in STEM careers. And for the modern, aspiring young woman, each doll will come with its own computer app.

Maggie O?Connor at The Daily Illini (Illinois) shared their story.

If you want to find out more about BTN LiveBIG Share a Solution, check out our student toolkit. If you are a student at a current or future Big Ten University, we hope YOU will submit stories about the impact on your community.