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
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
Arjina Khatun helps women out of poverty with one fistful of rice at a time
Arjina Khatun’s Working Women’s Group, which is based in Taraganj, Rangpur, now has 170 members