Preventive journalism is a journalistic discipline that reports on urgent social problems at an early stage and on solutions proposed for these problems. It complements traditional investigative journalism and recognizes that journalism can alert government and society to problems before they become crises.
Michael O'Neill, editor of the New York Daily News from 1975 to 1982 and former president of the American Society of Newspaper Editors, wrote in 1985 that preventive journalism should "search in advance for the hidden forces of change [and] try to identify the underlying causes of crises before, rather than after, they explode so that an alerted society might have time to protect itself from the ambushes of history."
- The International, a publication that encompasses preventive journalism standards.
- Web of the Institute of Preventive Journalism and International Análisis (IPPAI),based in Madrid, Spain
- Magazine of the Institute of Preventive Journalism and International Análisis (IPPAI),based in Madrid, Spain
- Web site of Understanding Government, based in Washington, D.C., USA, sponsor of the Prize for Preventive Journalism
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