60 sto­ries for a bet­ter world

Azer News - - Impact Journalism Day -

To­day, for Im­pact Jour­nal­ism Day, 50 news­pa­pers join forces to high­light sto­ries that change the world.

Be­yond the con­stant stream of neg­a­tive news, there are many sto­ries of hope and con­crete so­lu­tions. Sto­ries of change mak­ers tack­ling some of the world's most press­ing is­sues with in­no­va­tive ideas, in or­der to change the lives of mil­lions for the bet­ter. Sto­ries worth read­ing and spread­ing, not only to re­bal­ance our view of the world, but to help these ex­ist­ing so­lu­tions be repli­cated world­wide.

The me­dia can play a cru­cial role in telling the in­di­vid­ual sto­ries be­hind this global move­ment. That's why for the last five years Sparknews has in­vited news­pa­pers to take part in Im­pact Jour­nal­ism Day, har­ness­ing the power of col­lab­o­ra­tive jour­nal­ism to bring sto­ries of change to the sur­face. Ev­ery year these news­pa­pers ex­plore and pub­lish an ar­ray of ground­break­ing so­lu­tions in spe­cial sup­ple­ments on the same day, reach­ing 120 mil­lion peo­ple world­wide in print and dig­i­tal me­dia. Many pub­li­ca­tions have come to re­al­ize the im­pact of these ar­ti­cles, and now in­cor­po­rate more so­lu­tions-driven sto­ries into their day-to-day cov­er­age of the world.

For the fifth edi­tion of Im­pact Jour­nal­ism Day, the me­dia are joined by or­ga­ni­za­tions that be­lieve spread­ing these sto­ries is a first step to­ward change. These in­clude the United Na­tions as well as One Young World, which an­nu­ally gath­ers to­gether 1,500 young lead­ers from so­cial and cor­po­rate sec­tors who are in­volved in pos­i­tive in­no­va­tions. A large com­mu­nity of well­known per­son­al­i­ties and or­di­nary ci­ti­zens have also joined the cho­rus in sign­ing a man­i­festo to show that ev­ery­one - gov­ern­ments, the pri­vate sec­tor, civil so­ci­ety, NGOs and ev­ery­day peo­ple - can take ac­tion for a bet­ter fu­ture. You, too, can be part of this trans­for­ma­tional move­ment.

Dis­cover those who have suc­cess­fully brought an­swers to chal­lenges such as good health, ac­cess to wa­ter, qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion, de­cent em­ploy­ment and clean en­ergy. Each serves as a con­crete ex­am­ple of the power of in­di­vid­ual or group ini­tia­tives to help reach the UN New Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Goals, to end poverty, pro­tect the planet and en­sure pros­per­ity and good health for all.

We hope you en­joy the read… and that you be­come part of the so­lu­tion. Sign the man­i­festo (sharesto­riesofchange.org) and share the sto­ries that im­press you most on Face­book and Twit­ter (#Im­pactJour­nal­ism, #Sto­ryOfChange, @Sparknews, @Azernews).

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