The Impact Journalism Day Project

Sparknews invites the world’s leading newspapers to come together and share stories of hope, change and innovation. That’s impact.

The traditional role of newspapers is to report the news. At Sparknews, we see their function as even greater. By informing the public about initiatives for change, we believe the press can take part in finding solutions to the world’s problems.

In 2013, we tested that belief by launching the first annual Impact Journalism Day. 22 leading newspapers from around the planet tracked down local projects providing creative, concrete solutions to the critical issues of our time. They wrote original articles, pooled these stories and published them as supplements. 50 million readers all over the globe learned about an organization finding jobs for people with autism, an oversized “tumbleweed” that safely detonates mines, a charity using Coca Cola’s distribution channels to deliver rehydration salts, and much more.


This year we are expanding to 40 newspapers in as many countries for a list of 101 life-changing projects, from Wichita to Copenhagen to the Niger Delta. On September 20, 2014—Impact Journalism Day—you will be able to open this newspaper and read stories of real, innovative solutions from around the world. One might even be your own since we organized an international “call for projects” for the 2014 edition! If you did not have the chance to participate this year, be aware of the 2015 call by following us on facebook or twitter. 


Impact Journalism /
It’s happened to nearly all of us at some point. Whether leafing through our daily newspaper, or reading it online, one story seems to jump out and make us think. Readers today are hungry for those stories. Stories of bright ideas that spark change, both locally and globally. Change we can identify with and participate in. This is Impact Journalism.

Building a network of like-minded editors /
Impact Journalism Day works through sharing. Each newspaper in the project found the most inspiring change-makers and creative innovations in their country, and offered those stories to all the other partners. Sparknews also contributed over 20 original articles to the IJD package. Each editor created their own dedicated solutions supplements from this collaborative content.

Sparking change /
Focusing on solutions is energizing. Very quickly the good mood goes viral, the ideas get shared and developed, and the sparks start flying. The impact can be unexpected, humbling and exhilarating. And it changes the way we think about news and newspapers.

Sharing solutions /
We all know that “bad” news must be reported. But why not report on the answers too? Ordinary people all over the world are finding extraordinary solutions to some of the biggest problems we face. By making sure these ideas reach the widest possible audience means they have the greatest space to grow.