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Fri 23 Mar 2007

"Why don't they report any positive news?"

Category : mac and the internet

I've used reports that has featured twice in the past couple of months.

Once for Raffles Museum News and just now for my badly-neglected Asian Otter News.

I asked "Just who are they?" Happily they have an about page:

"... we're looking for happy stories only. ... We encourage people to be fully engaged, fully informed citizens. That means we need to know the good and the bad. We just believe much of the traditional media has strayed from this course, and reports a disproportionate amount of negative news. We are trying to balance the scales back out.

We look especially for those happy positive stories that we can't get anywhere else, and that means assigning Citizen Journalists to go out and interview people for direct quotes, to find anecdotes, and cover events in their backyards and communities that may not grab the attention of standard media outlets. This fresh and immediate perspective is the added value Citizen Journalism brings our readers. ... It's a bold and exciting experiment in reporting, but we hope that other news organizations feel it is worthwhile and seek to emulate it.

Our citizen journalists are teachers, bus drivers, mothers, fathers, community volunteers, beginning writers, college students, friends, just about anyone who wants to share local stories with the world. ... Over 200 Citizen Journalists have reported from over 10 countries including Croatia, Israel, Trinidad, India, and Canada ... our citizen-journalist articles are published alongside the work of professional freelance journalists, Associated Press wire stories, and stories from our staff.

Click here here if you are interested in becoming a citizen journalist at

By combining positive news reporting with citizen journalism we give new and previously unpublished writers an amplified voice; and we give our readers a great source for happy news rarely covered by regular media outlets. This concept of reporting also encourages people to get in contact with their communities again - every time a citizen journalist goes out to contact someone in their neighborhood with a story, a friendship might form. People who go out and investigate their neighborhoods on a regular basis may develop a deeper concern for their community and the people in it. It's a win-win situation."

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