Shauna Crockett-Burrow founded Positive News, a solution-focused newspaper, in 1993 to shine a light on the abundant good news in the world that “we just don’t hear about it because people are just getting on with it quietly.” By reporting on people and initiatives that are creating a sustainable, just and fulfilling world Positive News aims to inform, inspire and empower its readers, while helping create a more balanced media.
When we pick up a newspaper or turn on the television we are inundated with bad news. Rape, murder and paedophilia are often top stories despite being rare occurrences and disasters, failures and mishaps are widely covered. Shauna explains: “It is all too easy to report on things when they are going wrong – it’s immediate and gets the attention, there is far more good news but we just don’t hear about it because people are just getting on with it quietly.”
This constant flow of negativity affects the way we see the world and what we believe is possible. If people are scared they become defensive. We may come to believe that the world is a competitive and harsh place and that we all need to compete to survive. Internationally this may make us more prone to wars and less likely to co-operate on important initiatives like global climate treaties or ending poverty.
If we all tuned into more positive news stories might it tend us more towards cooperation and help us build a better world?
Positive News draws attention to initiatives that are helping to improve the world, magnifies their impact and enables their replication. Current editor, Sean Dagan Wood, said “What fascinates me about the media is that it doesn’t just mirror society; it also moves society.” He goes on: “At the grassroots level as well there’s amazing things happening … We see things such as the Transition Town Movement, the fact that there’s 15 million people volunteering in this country, and social enterprises – businesses working profitably but primarily for the benefit of society and the environment — are increasingly succeeding and multiplying.”
Research has shown that a more positive outlook leads to increased creativity, more generosity and an increased awareness of our interconnectedness and shared goals. People are more likely to work for the collective good if they are motivated positively rather than reacting out of fear or negativity.
The mission of Positive News is to take this new form of solutions focussed, positive journalism to as big an audience as possible. Bad news is all over the front pages of the newspaper but we can respond proactively by doing our part and sharing the good news wherever possible.
Why it matters
Positive News is the world’s first positive newspaper. It is totally independant and run out of the Hub Angel in North London. They report on positive developments from across the world and take a solution-focused perspective on the challenges facing society. The print edition of Positive News has a national circulation of 25,000 across the UK and is currently published four times a year.
Shauna Crockett-Burrows said in an interview “the emphasis on negativity tends to make people feel powerless and unable to make changes in their lives, but we take the view that we need to give hope and to encourage people to realise that each and every one of us can make a difference.”
Positive News depends on its network of enthusiastic supporters to be the success it is. You can help!
Report a positive story, Write for Positive News, Make a donation to Positive News Trust, Spread the word, Volunteer for the organization or Become a member.
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Director & Producer: Robbie Lockie | Videographer & Editor: Lewis Noll | Article: Matt Mellen