Im­pact Jour­nal­ism Day: news­pa­pers unite for up­lift­ing, so­lu­tions-based news

The China Post - - FRONT PAGE - BY CHRIS­TIAN DE BOISREDON AND THE SPARKNEWS TEAM

Read­ing the news on a daily ba­sis can be a de­press­ing af­fair. World­wide, read­ers and au­di­ences re­peat­edly re­port that they are put off by how neg­a­tive the news seems to be.

Yet the media’s role is to bring ma­jor is­sues and prob­lems to the fore­ground and to keep us alert. Must the head­lines con­form to the age-old adage that “when it bleeds, it leads”?

The idea be­hind Im­pact Jour­nal­ism Day is to show that the media also ful­fill their role by re­port­ing on in­spir­ing so­lu­tions to the world’s prob­lems.

The al­liance of 45 news­pa­pers, united by Sparknews, presents a dif­fer­ent vi­sion of jour­nal­ism: prob­lems AND so­lu­tions can make the news to­gether. This view, 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. Each edi­tion has seen a steady in­crease in the num­ber of news­pa­pers and news­rooms on­board, ex­cited to show their com­mit­ment to so­lu­tions-based re­port­ing. Some jour­nal­ists were ini­tially con­cerned 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 fu­eled by con­vic­tion and also by see­ing first­hand that this type of re­port­ing has a mea­sur­able im­pact on the ground.

When the public learns of real so­lu­tions, the re­sults can be tremen­dous. Read­ers gain greater un­der­stand­ing of the prob­lems and are given the means to en­gage and the hope to be­lieve that they can be­come change­mak­ers.

Ev­ery reader can and does make a dif­fer­ence. Last year’s ar­ti­cles helped con­trib­ute to the growth of the projects fea­tured, via an in­crease in aware­ness, volunteering, or­ders, in­vest­ments, do­na­tions or even via repli­ca­tion in new coun­tries.

Now it’s your turn to be part of the move­ment!

Show the media that this kind of news mat­ters. Tell your friends and fam­ily about Im­pact Jour­nal­ism Day, buy an ex­tra copy for your chil­dren or your col­leagues, share the ar­ti­cles you like on the web and be part of the con­ver­sa­tion on Twit­ter and Face­book.

You can take part in our selfie con­test by post­ing a photo of your­self and this news­pa­per via Twit­ter (#Im­pactJour­nal­ism and add the @ of your news­pa­per) or the Face­book page of our found­ing part­ner, AXA (face­book.com/ AXAPeo­plePro­tec­tors).

Help the in­no­va­tors and en­trepreneurs fea­tured in these sto­ries to over­come the chal­lenges they face by join­ing a brain­storm­ing ses­sion (beta.make­sense.org/ijd).

And sug­gest projects we might con­sider for next year’s Im­pact Jour­nal­ism Day (www. sparknews.com/ijd).

En­joy your read! Chris­tian is the founder of Sparknews and an Ashoka Fel­low. For more in­for­ma­tion: im­pact@sparknews.com

CNA

Demo­cratic Pro­gres­sive Party (DPP) Chair­woman Tsai Ing-wen por­trayed on the latest edi­tion of Time Mag­a­zine (Asia edi­tion) re­leased yesterday.

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