Reporting the Good News

You've heard the complaint before. Why do papers only report the bad news? And why does the good news go unnoticed? If you've ever had this thought, then today is (kind of) your lucky day. Here's what happens when the New York Times goes happy . Watch the video above, and visit the paper online...

And, of course, if you want some true sources of good news, you can visit the following sites recommended by one of our readers: Good News Network and Good News Daily.


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  • TWillingham says:

    Interesting idea, but I can see why people became upset or appeared disbelieving. They weren’t getting *real* good news, but fake news, and were understandably disappointed. Messing with people’s heads doesn’t make them happy, or hopeful; it just adds to their sense of disenfranchisement. There are plenty of real “good news” resources, including:
    http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/
    and http://www.happynews.com/, to name just two. And The Greater Good provides extensive research, news and information along a truly positive vein: http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/ So there’s no reason to make up good news and then mock people for not being happy when they read it, when there’s plenty of real and truly uplifting good news they can be learning about, benefitting from and actually enjoying.

  • Allison says:

    This is the opposite of good news. This is “we’re smarter than you so we’re going to create an April Fool’s Day edition of the newspaper and you will be tricked Ha Ha” bad news paper. The real challenge is actual investigating and reporting of REAL good news, not some lame made up college stunt. Let’s see if you are up for that challenge.

  • AC says:

    Not to mention the “good news” is a massive increase in government spending and regulation

  • Dan Colman says:

    T Willingham, I added a couple of your links to the post. It’s obviously better to include some real sources of good news. I just wasn’t aware of them before. Thanks for the heads up.

    Allison, I guess you can see this simply as a mean joke. But I more see it as a commentary on what the news could look like. I don’t think their underlying point was to make people look stupid, but I suppose the project leaves room for that kind of criticism.

    Dan

  • Dan Colman says:

    And don’t forget the end of war, AC. A massive decrease in spending…

  • John Chew says:

    That was some BS. Fake news is never news. I can only imagine having a child actually fighting in the war and reading that and the feeling of happiness which leads to grief when you find out some jerk just made stuff up because he wanted a laugh. Smartass cynics are not welcome and they are not helpful to any real cause.

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