Positive news feeds audience’s optimism

Viking Logue Staff

With the prevalence of technology in today’s digitized era, the news has become increasingly accessible for all audiences. With 24-hour cable news and constant “breaking news” tweets, the American population has become oversaturated with information. Spewing headlines that hook readers with stories of crime, disaster and scandals, negative news seems to dominate the mainstream medias.

In efforts to combat this pessimistic approach to journalism, specialized news outlets have emerged with the goal of detracting from the negative and shedding light on the positive that exists throughout the world.

Most notably, the Good News Network aims to report positive and uplifting news stories on a global scale. Founded by Geri Weis-Corbley in 1997, the site features links to articles from other sources as well as showcasing original reporting. The Good News Network covers topics ranging from hard news to entertainment and sports.

Similarly, mainstream news outlets like ABC and the Huffington Post have curated positive stories and reports in specialized portions of their websites.

Audiences should aim to seek out a variety of sources and styles of news in order to grasp a realistic image of the surrounding society. If readers and viewers only caught themselves up in the news of war, crime, scandal and celebrity depersonalization, their perspective of their world may be dark and negatively skewed. On the other hand, if audiences only exposed themselves to “happy” news, they may have an unfortunately naive idea of how the world works.

Having a mixture of both stories may provide audiences with an educated image of the human character, one that paints both the negatives and the positives of humanity rather than the negatives or the positives.