Constructive journalism is a response to “traditional” media, which mainly portrays negative or pessimistic information. Instead, it focuses on the good news. And guess what – there are lots!
Why do we need constructive journalism?
Constructive journalism appeared as a response to the negativity that “classic” media is focused on. There’s this saying ‘If it bleads, it leads’, which basically means that when a message is really bad, it is easier to make it go viral. We humans love drama. That is why when there’s an accident on the road, the traffic gets worse because everybody slows down to check what happened.
The media reflects reality. And sometimes reality is sad, and terrible. But that is just one point of view. Constructive journalism argues that we should not only talk about the problems but also about the solutions, not focus only on what’s wrong but also on all that is good. Progress, causes for optimism, happy endings, success stories, and so on.
There are so many beautiful stories out there and we are missing them because they are no drama. It doesn’t mean that we should close our eyes and not confront the reality of the economy, politics, etc. It would be naive to believe only in wonderful news where nothing bad happens. However, we don’t need to get stuck with those disastrous stories. We need to see the whole picture – and that picture includes good stuff too.
In the following video you can listen to Cathrine Gyldensted, Director of Constructive Journalism, challenging the negative bias of mainstream journalism:
And you can find more information on constructive journalism here.
How can constructive journalism help you fight stress?
We live in a world that is stressful already. There are tons of things to worry about us before we even open our newspapers. I don’t know about you guys, but had to quit reading the news for a while now because it was depressing to only read terrible things. And I’m not the only one who thinks that – according to Reuters Institute Digital News Report 2017, ‘Around half of our all our respondents (48%) said they avoided news because it had a negative effect on their mood‘.
That negative effect can translate into stress, as this article suggests. And it’s no wonder. When fighting stress we need positive, optimistic information around us, so constructive journalism is a great way to keep informed without getting depressed.
I want to share with you a nice article with a positive focus. You can read it here.
I woud love to read other great articles. Have you recently found a constructive news article that you would like to share with the rest of us? Share in the comment box below 🙂
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