Bournemouth University team’s research paper on the psychological empowerment of solutions journalism has been published on Journalism Studies academic journal. The research, drawing on the theory of psychological empowerment, examined UK audience responses to the concept of solutions journalism. It found that audiences saw potential in solutions journalism being an empowering tool, particularly in terms of boosting morale, lifting anxiety and increasing happiness or positivity. Participants also felt that solutions journalism could encourage audiences to be more engaged and take part in society.
The research findings contribute to a growing body of research that shows solutions-focused journalism’s potential positive impact on audiences.
The full paper is available here.