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The glass half full approach

I am sitting at a bar with five other people.

‘I can’t read the news,’ says a woman in my left.

As a Journalism student, this calls my attention.

‘It is depressing’ says another woman in front of me.

According to Journalist and investigator Cathrine Gyldensted, negative news create “learned helplessness and passivity in people.”

‘I’m sure there are more positive news than most news outlets show. It should be more balanced,’ I say

‘Google Constructive Journalism and Positive Journalism,’ says a woman at my right.

Constructive Journalism is defined as: “Reporting that includes positive and solution-focused elements in order to empower audiences”, using conventional reporting.

‘The glass half full’ approach is getting into mainstream press newsrooms like The Guardian and the BBC. It is now part of the course in some universities. Sean Dagan Wood, who gave a Ted Talk in Sussex University in 2014, said that news affect our view of “who we are, about the world and about what is possible. […] We need stories that inspire.”

An example of Constructive Journalism is the crow-funded magazine Positive News. The number of supporters it has is increasing in Europe. Why didn’t I hear about this before?

Is positive reporting realistic? How would they tackle difficult subjects? I will find out when I receive my Positive News magazine.