SOLUTION JOURNALISM . IMPACT JOURNALISM . CONSTRUCTIVE JOURNALISM :
10 YEARS OF ACTION FOR JOURNALISM THAT MAKES YOU ACT
Reporters of Hope is a non-governmental organisation (NGO) created in 2003,
that aims at leading the media to reframe our contemporary problems in terms of their solutions. To inspire people to act.
Reporters d’Espoirs and the media spotlight people who take the initiative,
encouraging society to be solutions-based, not problem-focused.
The news can often be distressing. Yet there is a wide range of real solutions to today’s economic, social and environmental problems. We are convinced that the media, through its undeniable multiplier effect, can – by highlighting innovative and long-lasting initiatives that can be applied more widely – inspire and encourage the audience to take action.
As a non-governmental organisation, Reporters d’Espoirs has been promoting solutions-based news in the media since 2003.
Our mission is to encourage newsrooms to present not only contemporary problems but also possible solutions to these.
Climate change, poverty, unemployment, violence: these problems are not as unavoidable as people imagine, and initiatives do exist . A louder voice can be given to people able to make a real difference.
That is why we actively promote news that highlights the ideas and work of people who serve the public interest by putting forward solutions that address major contemporary issues for which we are collectively responsible.
Over the last ten years, Reporters d’Espoirs has succeeded in developing a clearly identifiable hallmark appreciated by our partners.
We work with popular press, web, radio and TV groups, to spread initiatives among the general public. In collaboration with several news services, we co-brand special issues, thematic columns and programme content. Examples of our regular and successful productions with the media are:
- Ouest France des solutions: a special issue of the newspaper Ouest France, distributed in 15 localities and attracting 2.5 million readers
- Libé des solutions: a special issue of the newspaper Libération, distributed for seven years with a 20% growth in sales
- TF1: a special edition of the TV midday news with Reporters d’Espoirs, attracting six million viewers and up to 50% audience share
- Passage à l’acte (‘Acting out’): a regular column on the news website Rue89 since 2009, giving a voice to people offering real solutions
- Week of Media Solutions: special issues on initiatives that move France, with 4.5 million citizens reached in October 2014 through the regional press (Ouest France, La Voix du Nord and Nice Matin).
Our major activities
We study the impact of solutions-based journalism
Reporters d’Espoirs theorises on, tracks and analyses the international emergence of this reporting method.
Solutions Media Lab
A tool to study:
- the evolution of solutions-based content in the media
- the impact of solutions-based journalism on the public, the media and the public will to engage.
We take action with the media
Throughout the year, Reporters d’Espoirs contributes to the emergence of new editorial lines, news sections and special editions, in partnership with major French media.
Week of Media Solutions
A project to bring hundreds of innovative solutions to millions of citizens, through TV, radio, the press and the internet.
We identify real, reproducible solutions
Reporters d’Espoirs is continually scanning the social, environmental and business landscape to identify successful initiatives that could be reproduced elsewhere.
- We have a database of 5,000 verified initiatives.
- We seek to inspire broadcasting agencies to report on innovative models.
We recognise and promote media professionals
We meet with journalism students and young professionals, encouraging the future generation to make news socially responsible.
Le Prix (‘The Award)
An annual award to honour journalists who report on innovative and meaningful answers to major concerns of our time.
We spread our message to the public realm
La France des Solutions (‘France of Solutions’)
An event to engage society in solutions-based dynamics, in collaboration with the media and 500 influential figures from business, politics and civil society.
We are a forum for the exchange of ideas
Providing a place for exchanging news, we bring together journalists and media professionals who share our approach.
Transformational Media Initiative
We belong to this global network of people working to create and support media serving humanity and the planet.
We see our key assets as being:
- a unique and constructive editorial stance
- a team specialising in solutions-based news
- a partnership with the third French constitutional assembly – the Economic, Social and Environmental Council of France – which represents the diversity of socio-professional interest groups.
Boutros Boutros-Ghali, sixth Secretary-General of the United Nations
Stéphane Hessel [died 2013], French Resistance member, diplomat and author of Time for Outrage
Cristina Owen-Jones, Goodwill Ambassador at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
Jean-Paul Delevoye, President of the Economic, Social and Environmental Council of France
Yann Arthus Bertrand, photographer and author of Earth from Above (1999)
JonOne, graffiti artist
Raymond Depardon, journalist and filmmaker
Hubert Reeves, astrophysicist and author
Philippe Starck, designer: ‘A tremendous success reported by the media sets an example to others. And there is nothing more powerful than examples. When the idea that “I’ve seen it done on television” is transformed into “I could do that too”, the potential of the media to generate enthusiasm and action becomes visible. That’s the raison d’être of Reporters d’Espoirs, and that’s why I support its activities.’
Julie Andrieu, journalist, France TV: ‘I support this enlightened and constructive journalistic approach that provides hope and real solutions to contemporary problems.’
Serge Tisseron, psychoanalyst: ‘Reporters d’Espoirs fulfils an essential mission: you enable people to experience the world positively!’
Michèle Cotta, journalist: ‘What we are looking for with Reporters d’Espoirs is media humanism.’