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New Pope's request for 'truth, goodness, and beauty' in journalism reflects Global Good News purpose
by Global Good News staff writer

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16 March 2013

When Pope Francis asked over 5,000 journalists to focus on 'truth, goodness, and beauty' in their work in a meeting at the Vatican on 16 March, his comments reflected the message of Global Good News—by reporting news of rising positivity, the world media can take the lead in creating an ideal society and showing that good news is even more newsworthy than bad news.

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The new Pope's sentiment also reflects a rising trend, propelled by the desire of many leading journalists, to report more good news.

It was expressed eloquently 11 September 2012 by the well-respected former BBC news presenter, Martyn Lewis, a long time advocate of more balanced news coverage: 'I have been misunderstood in the past, with people believing I just want more good news at the expense of covering ''real news''. This is not the case; I want a more balanced news agenda, which treats good newsworthy stories in the same way as negative stories.'

This new focus on 'solutions driven journalism' was the subject of a conference in London around that time, at which Mr Lewis was the keynote speaker. The event, 'Good News for the Media', held at the British Museum 19 September, included a presentation by Global Good News editors.

The event's popularity (all the free tickets were subscribed in advance) attested to the timeliness of its appeal among journalists and the public.

The event was not 'an attempt to argue against or ignore any of the world's problems, or to discredit journalism that informs us about these,' conference organizers said. 'But there are many fascinating good news stories out there that rarely get covered. The event was designed to 'show the benefit that good news can offer to society and to the media industry itself'.

Mr Lewis discussed how solutions-driven journalism can be relevant, informative and powerful, and can show readers both sides of the coin.

Other speakers included Seán Dagan Wood, editor of Positive News, Jeremy Wickremer, founder of the Transformational Media Summit, and Jodie Jackson, founder of What a Good Week

Mr Wood discussed how media is changing, the role of the media in society, and its effect on us. Mr Wickremer talked about the importance of good news, the demand that exists for it, and the growing presence of media that are focusing on solutions.

Global Good News editors described the purpose of Global Good News Service, which since 2004 has been bringing the good news from all areas of society to our whole world family. They distributed many examples of how this news is posted on the Global Good News website in several categories.

Global Good News invites readers to enjoy exploring this website as it documents the rise of a better quality of life for our whole world family.

Copyright © 2013 Global Good News Service

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