Looking for Good News?

December 2011, Number 128

Apparently I am not the only one seeking a bit of good news these days. Surely it’s not all doom and gloom with the sputtering economy, gridlock in Congress, candidates behaving badly, global famine, and climate change. According to conventional wisdom, good news does not sell newspapers. Happily, as much as I love the printed paper, the internet serves up some sources that deliver a positive view.

Who knew? Apparently Paul Piper did.  Writing for a recent issue of Searcher magazine, Piper offers pointers and descriptions for 19 sites.  The article includes a list with links to all referenced web site.

Here’s a sampling of a few sites that struck my fancy.

Good News Network – Founded in 1997 by television news veteran Geri Weis-Corbley, the Good News Network strives to provide a “daily dose of news to enthuse.” Contributors include citizens and news professionals. News categories include Home, Recreation, Business, Health, Earth, Civics, and Inspired. As I write, the front page offers an article titled “David Lynch Donates $1M to Teach Veterans with PTSD to Mediate” and the news that “Unemployment Drops to 8.6% as US Adds 120,000 jobs”. A nice feature on this site is “Good News on this day in History.” Testimonials include a thumbs up from former Secretary of State Colin Powell.

Daily Good – Daily Good offers “news that inspires”. Founded in 1998 by one college student, the site is now run by a team of volunteers. It delivers news to over 110,000 subscribers around the world. Daily and weekly newsletters offer a news story, an inspiring quote, and a suggested action each person can take to make a difference in their own lives and the world around them. Categories of stories include Generosity, Everyday heroes, Nature, Work, Science and Technology, Mind and Body, and Business.

Positive News – This site originates in the United Kingdom. The world’s original positive newspaper, it focuses on solutions, reports on people and initiatives creating a sustainable, just, and fulfilling world. Besides informing and inspiring, it seeks to empower its readers with action items. News categories include Economics and Innovation, Global, Positive Perspective, Community, Culture, and Environment. Positive News also publishes a quarterly print edition available by subscription.

I feel a little more optimistic about things just knowing that these sources are out there. Thanks, Paul Piper and Searcher magazine for bringing them to our attention.

Piper, Paul S. “Are You Having a Good News Week?” Searcher: The Magazine for Database Professionals, November 2011.

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  1. Cindy Shamel says

    Thanks for the kind words. Yahoo! News is largely an aggregator, collecting stories from a variety of sources. It is possible to submit news stories or press releases to Yahoo! News. For more info, check out their FAQs at http://docs.yahoo.com/info/faq/news/technology_faq.html