One day, 45 pa­pers, good news

This is the third year that City Press has joined 45 other news­pa­pers from around the world on Im­pact Jour­nal­ism Day to celebrate the sto­ries of peo­ple who have changed the lives of those around them for the bet­ter. re­ports on a rice stokvel in Banglades

CityPress - - Opportunity Index - CHRIS­TIAN DE BOISREDON projects@city­press.co.za

To­day, across the world, 45 news­pa­pers unite to bring read­ers so­lu­tions-based news.

The idea be­hind Im­pact Jour­nal­ism Day is to show that the media not only high­lights prob­lem ar­eas, but re­ports on so­lu­tions to many of our col­lec­tive prob­lems.

The al­liance of 45 news­pa­pers, united by Sparknews, presents a dif­fer­ent vi­sion of jour­nal­ism: prob­lems and so­lu­tions can make the news to­gether. This, along with the con­vic­tion that qual­ity, so­lu­tions-based news is some­thing read­ers as­pire to have more of, is part of a grow­ing move­ment in the press to fea­ture sto­ries of hope and change.

Im­pact Jour­nal­ism Day is just the be­gin­ning. There has been a steady in­crease in the num­ber of news­pa­pers and news­rooms on board, ex­cited to show their com­mit­ment to so­lu­tions-based re­port­ing.

Some jour­nal­ists were ini­tially con­cerned that this con­tent might be naive or sim­plis­tic, but are now ea­ger to par­tic­i­pate and up­hold this phi­los­o­phy in their day-to-day ac­tiv­i­ties.

They are fu­elled by con­vic­tion and see­ing the mea­sur­able im­pact on the ground first­hand. When the public learns of real so­lu­tions, the re­sults can be tremen­dous.

Read­ers gain greater un­der­stand­ing of prob­lems, the means to en­gage and hope to be­lieve they can be­come change mak­ers.

Ev­ery reader can and does make a dif­fer­ence. Last year’s ar­ti­cles helped con­trib­ute to the growth of the projects fea­tured, with an in­crease in aware­ness, volunteering, or­ders, in­vest­ments and do­na­tions, and have re­sulted in some projects be­ing repli­cated in other coun­tries.

City Press is proud to be part of this move­ment. De Boisredon is the founder of Sparknews

and an Ashoka Fel­low

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