Travelling on the train, I, like many of my fellow commuters, pick up a newspaper, curious and intrigued to find out what is happening in the world. But as I read page after page of disturbing headlines, I find my mind becoming saturated with stories of anger and violence and I berate myself for even opening the paper. Just who makes the decision that news reporting has to cover so many upsetting stories? If I, as a relatively positive and optimistic person who focuses on the good in life feels anxious and depressed after reading the paper just how must more vulnerable members of the population feel?
So my question to the journalist fraternity is: How does reporting distressing stories help the people of Great Britain to feel hopeful about the future? When did this way of reporting become the norm? And why do we accept it?
Switch on the television and it’s no better. Thirty minutes of in depth negativity. Out of all the global stories that could be shared, why focus so heavily on stories which make us feel upset and powerless – where are all the inspirational stories?
I can assure you if you seek out the positive stories they are most certainly there for journalists. I have been producing and presenting my internet radio show It’s All Good for over a year now. My show shines the spotlight on individuals, companies and organisations who are changing the way we live and work for the better. Never once have I been at a loss for positive uplifting stories which I source from a variety of organisations who have found a natural home and following on the internet to share their upbeat messages.
Many of these organisations are run on a voluntary basis by individuals passionate about positive social change. Keen to represent the best of the human spirit and to inspire the soul, these individuals spend hours of their personal time and their limited resources sourcing and publishing stories which thousands of followers read and share on their newsfeeds.
So the question is who will challenge the norm and be the first mainstream newspaper or television channel to see the value of positive news reporting and in doing so stand out from the rest?
If you are an organisation who publishes or broadcasts positive and uplifting stories or if you know of any, please do get in touch, I’d love to support you.