Monday, July 9, 2007

Defining Good News

Over a year ago before Good News Now was designed and launched the definition of “good news” was discussed. I was given the job to make the site cheery and bright. We wanted upbeat. I was given the job to post content. I was told that to gauge if a story was good news or not, I should ask myself when I am done reading the article, do I feel better?

That is a subjective assessment. So there is a tendency for me, of course, to choose articles with topics that make me happy. We want to broaden our scope by allowing readers to submit stories. We would welcome suggestions. We do not cover much of the entertainment news because so people can read that kind of news many place on the web. We do not cover a lot of sports because I am not interested in sports and there many outlets for sports on the internet. But if people would submit them I would gladly post them. I love space and science. I read a lot of science news and we always cover the shuttle launches. I am an artist so I cover the arts. So you can see how reader submissions could help rounds us out.

I search major news sources for most of what I post because I cannot possible read all the local papers, but our readers are from all over and they do. We would love to mine the treasure of “good news” from local papers but we can’t do it without help. What is going on in your neck of the woods? I live in Plano Texas, here is what I found in our paper today that I want to share with you.

McKinney youths go on mission to help Katrina victims

This is a great example of what we would like to see more of, what your church, club, school or organization is doing to impact your community, nation or world. Tell us your good news, we want to tell the world about it.

Here is our Shot of the Day it is from Gather , an online community.

By Gather Member Angela M.

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