positive news in chaotic times | Idea

positive news in chaotic times |  Idea

in his book Good journalism won’t be enough (“Good journalism will not be enough”), Molly deAguiar, Independence Public Media of Fidaldelphia says some journalists deserve this inscription: “If people don’t appreciate good journalism, that’s their problem, not ours.” This is why Aguiar warns that journalism should not be for journalists, but for readers who are tired of journalism today. All the news is negative. Readers demand tips and positive data that reflect all the news, as well as pandemics, wars and crises that need to be told; that is, journalism that is more complete, more useful, and less disruptive.

A dozen readers wrote to denounce this massive infodemic. J. Villanueva asks: “Isn’t there something positive? None of what NGOs, educators, aid workers, volunteers do?” And José M. Solar: “EL PAÍS accuses PP of creating disaster, but he is guilty of the same.” J. Rincón, who lives in Madrid, wonders if “everything was done wrong” in this city, as EL PAÍS only published negative news about the capital. Adolfo Valiente accuses the newspaper of hiding even “promising” news and shows it as an example. the last Spanish-Portuguese summit, whose chronicle says it is dedicated to the “tabarra” of the Judiciary Not to mention useful projects like satellite network or rail links.

Other readers are requesting tips to alleviate the crisis. Antonio Delgado, co-founder Datadista, an environment specializing in the pragmatic and scientific use of data, One of the greatest achievements in this a tool for geolocating gas stations with cheaper fuel.

“We see journalism as a public service,” Delgado says. Readers want EL PAÍS to do this more often. Newspaper published on October 30 “How to lower the energy bill? Guide to mitigating the price boom”, and Dolores Gauna thanked her; and did it again after reading this One woman beat 12 tumors or what Navarra is an example of how to treat poor students. Lourdes Pedrerol also praised its publication on the 19th. young social integrators move in Catalonia Instead of Police to resolve neighborhood conflicts.

Journalist Alfredo Casares analyzed the case. “They’ve trained us to condemn, to look at what doesn’t work,” but society wants more because it needs “guides to help it understand the complexity of the present and build the future,” he says.

Created by Casares Constructive Journalism Institute, defines it as “a framework that leads to presenting a more complete and balanced view of reality”. He argues that “society cannot be transformed from anger or fear” and that journalists should listen to citizens more. He explains in his book Time for constructive journalismHere is where I took the sentence I quoted from Molly de Aguiar.

COUNTRY tries to react. a month and a half ago According to me Email yes requestedA newsletter dedicated to positive information. 7,600 people wanted to receive the email and 75% opened it to read; this is a higher percentage than the average for newsletters. Mari Luz Peinado, the organizer of the project, argues that the newspaper should look for useful spaces for daily life beyond the sad news. “We’re not trying to paint a pink world,” she warns. “There is a lot of negative news and we know it, but there is also other positive news that is often overwhelmed by negative news.”

Other sectors are trying to fill the gap. Banks or telephone companies sponsor the content of this constructive journalism, solutions and publish interviews with scientists or news about important advances for a better future.

Ícaro Moyano works for such projects in the Dentsu group. He claims that audiences are “fed” by focusing on “the worst of what we are, in increasingly aggressive tones,” but that the media has the opportunity to “take the pulse of society.” well done, looks more positive.

Even Unicef, which distributed a leaflet with the newspaper last Sunday, tells us this: “We just want to share the good news with you. News that are not in the press and should be on the front page. He gave the following example: therapeutic food manages to save 90% of children with acute malnutrition.

Swedish essayist Johan Norberg To EL PAÍS in 2018, one of the “new optimists” intellectuals struggling with the prevailing pessimism, we “bad news addict”. Journalists fed this addiction. It’s time to fix.


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