“Journalism can never be silent: That is its greatest virtue and its greatest fault. It must speak, and speak immediately, while the echoes of wonder, the claims of triumph and the signs of horror are still in the air.”
— Henry Anatole Grunwald
The Granite State News Collaborative is a statewide multimedia news collaborative that draws on and amplifies the strengths of its members to expand and add missing dimensions to coverage of issues of concern to the NH public as a whole, as well as to particular communities. Through coordinated reporting and engagement activities, the Collaborative will pursue inclusive and responsive coverage that builds public trust and holds government accountable to its citizens.
Granite Solutions Project Mission
Committed to leveraging their respective strengths and resources to cover the state’s most critical issue, the founding members of the Granite State News Collaborative considered many options for its first project but returned time and again to the one that dominates conversations in every corner of the state: behavioral health.
It is a complex issue that connects addiction, social isolation, dislocation resulting from economic change, the out-migration of youth, and marginalization. It spans all populations and areas, rural and urban, and has relevance for all kinds of media and audiences, broad and narrow.
The GSNC will focus its collective resources on in-depth, evidence-based reporting on behavioral health in an effort to bring new depth, life and understanding to this issue. Using a Solutions Journalism Model we will be asking questions and telling stories—with equal rigor--about the challenges, what’s working and what’s not and the responses of every day granite staters striving to solve these problems.
The tandem mental health and opioid crises in New Hampshire has cast a shadow over our state. We aim to be a light.