The Institute for Islamic Studies and Peace (LaKIP) in 2010-2011 showed 48,9% of students supported hard ways to deal with issues of morality and religious conflict. While The Wahid Institute’s research shows that acts of violence related to religion and beliefs are increase and there is a shift from actions to verbal. The survey conducted by this institution also shows that 11 million Indonesians are willing to take radical action in the name of religion.
While the results of a survey of the Center for Islamic and Community Study of the PPIM UIN Syarif Hidayatullah also showed that young people tend to seek religious knowledge through the internet, such as blogs, websites, and social media. Not from books or mainstream media that have the nature to do verification before uploading information. This has sparked fears that the younger generation may get hoax information from the internet. Moreover, research conducted by the Indonesian Telematics Society in 2016 showed, 54% of respondents had difficulty identifying hoax content. This hoax has the potential to encourage radicalism among young people.
Ironically, the consumption of public media has shifted to social media from year to year because traditional media are no longer considered to be a reliable source of information. Edelman’s study conducted from 2012 to 2018 shows that public trust in the media shows a declining trend.
In such a situation, several breakthrough steps are needed to encourage media coverage, especially related to the issue of intolerance. Solutions Journalism, a journalism approach which had developed in the early 2000s in the United States became an alternative. Journalism is developed precisely when the public is tired of being crammed with various news about problems, cases and scandals, etc. through traditional model journalistic reports.
PPMN has made many reports based on research, investigation, data and analysis, as well as encouraging quality journalism in the form of collaborative training and cultivation of journalistic reports. This experience continues to be developed to encourage the emergence of journalistic reports that produce a change in society.
As an effort to encourage journalistic reports have impact, PPMN held a solutions journalism workshop on the issue of pluralism. The workshop will be attended by 15 participants from all over Indonesia and led by trainers who have quite mature experience in solutions journalism. Among all participants, seven of the best participants will be selected to receive coverage fellowship related to the issue of pluralism / intolerance cases based on the solutions journalism approach.