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By Shereen Siewert, Wausau Pilot and Review Publisher

For the second time in less than three years, Wausau Pilot and Review is one of a select handful of newsrooms nationwide to receive a Solutions Journalism grant, this time to examine efforts to boost student voter turnout in Wisconsin.

The Solutions Journalism Network’s mission is to help journalists rebalance the news with in-depth reporting about what’s going right, which strengthens and complements coverage of what’s going wrong. The initiative provides grant funding for solutions-focused coverage that avoids hyperpartisanship and sensationalism.

In short, we’ll be exploring what works.

In the Renewing Democracy projects, “newsrooms are unearthing and examining innovations aimed at fixing problems like citizen apathy, voter suppression and gerrymandering — innovations that cut to the heart of democracy and citizenship,” according to the SJN.

Here’s a look at some of the other projects that received funding in 2019 from the Solutions Journalism Network:

In this round of grants, the organization sought  to support “high-quality reporting that examines innovations with the potential to yield better campaigns and elections that can advance more effective democracy.”

We couldn’t be more excited to have been chosen for this effort after a highly competitive process. Our first Solutions Journalism grant resulted in reporting on potential solutions to environmental challenges on Wausau’s west side — coverage that was the basis for a national investigative report of the year award in 2019.

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