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Posts Tagged ‘Positive News’

Solutions Journalism Network Wins Knight Foundation’s News Challenge Grant

SJNThe Knight Foundation announced the winners of their News Challenge this week at the Clinton Health Matters conference in La Quinta, California.

Seven projects won a total of $2.2 million dollars to carry their project through and also receive “human centered design training” at the Luma Institute this month. Each News Challenge has focused on a different theme, and this year it was health.

Michael Maness, VP of Journalism and Media Innovation, says the theme of health came about after analyzing the results of previous challenges and projects: Read more

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Good News Is Good (And Now Easier) To Find Online

Good News DigestLast week, the Huffington Post launched its Good News section in a public bet that people will click and read articles online that don’t include sex, violence or celebrities. As one of the holdout optimist journalists (we exist), I’m rooting for the Good Newsies.

Arianna Huffington: I’ve long said that those of us in the media have provided too many autopsies of what went wrong and not enough biopsies. It’s a belief that goes hand-in-hand with HuffPost Good News’ editorial mission to turn our attention to what is working.

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7 Positive News Sites To Cheer You Up

We’ve all heard the phrase, ‘If it bleeds, it leads.’ Stories on crime and other violent acts get more attention, and eyeballs, so editors typically give them more prominent play on the news (be it TV, print or online) than other, more benign stories. But where do you go when you want news that isn’t all doom and gloom? Why not visit a positive news site?

A recent article in the Columbia Journalism Review by Alysia Santo does an excellent job reviewing online news sites that cover the “glass-half full beat.” These are sites that share hopeful news or as Geri Weis-Corbley, founder of the Good News Network, puts it, “We need to be informed by a world view that is not dripping with sensationalism and attuned to the police scanner.”

Are these unrealistic or fake news sites, as some critics may claim? Santo succinctly sums up the critics’ argument by asking, “… can you have “news” in your title if you won’t report on the bad? The function of “the news” is to tell us what we need to know, good or bad.”

This is true but sometimes we all need a break from news that only deals with death, wars and bad economies. Here’s a list of seven positive sites you should check out when you need a reminder that people are reporting on good events, not just the negative. (For more details, I highly suggest you read Santo’s article.) Read more