As part of its Solutions Journalism Network work, The Hechinger Report experimented with ways to demonstrate that reporting on solutions matches the organization’s values. Here is one newsletter A/B test. The staff wrote two different invitations for readers to consume a story about how well education is preparing students for a changing labor force. Half the audience got this example, which included a paragraph focusing on the solutions frame. The click-through rate on this version was 15% higher than on a traditional version.
In this post, The Hechinger Report demonstrates that it understands its audience well enough to know what it wants. Readers have a desire to read stories that make them feel good about the world, and this story (done through the Solutions Journalism Network) meets that need.