Global fixes for shared problems
Today, for Impact Journalism Day, 50 newspapers join forces to highlight stories that change the world.
City Press has been the movement’s South African partner since inception, and continues to seek out global solutions to our shared challenges.
Beyond the constant stream of negative news, there are many stories of hope and of concrete solutions.
Stories about people who tackle some of the world’s most pressing issues with innovative ideas 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 get replicated worldwide. The media can play a crucial role in telling the individual stories behind this global movement, which is why, for the past 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.
For the fifth edition of Impact Journalism Day, the media is joined by organisations that believe spreading these stories is the first step towards change.
These include the UN and One Young World, which annually gather together 1 500 young leaders from social and corporate sectors who are involved in positive innovations.
A large community of well-known personalities and ordinary citizens have also joined the chorus in signing a manifesto to show that everyone – governments, the private sector, civil society, nongovernmental organisations 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 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 at sharestoriesofchange.org and share the stories that impress you most on Facebook and Twitter – #ImpactJournalism, #StoryOfChange, @Sparknews, @City_Press. De Boisredon is the founder of
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