“Even the toughest of mainstream newsrooms are aware that the old editorial certainties are being questioned”, said Charlie Beckett on BBC Radio 4 on Sunday.
The Positive News write up of the programme ‘Good News Is No News’ summarised it as follows: “A wave of media alternatives focused on presenting a positive, balanced picture of the world are paving the way for a more diverse journalism, while traditional media are questioning old assumptions about what the news should cover.”
The programme featured us and others in the constructive journalism movement, as well as mainstream media editors. Even Daily Mail deputy editor Tony Gallagher admitted that scare stories don’t always reflect reality. “Crime is going down, but you wouldn’t know that from looking at national media because we still cover the same number of crimes, the same number of murderous trials, so there is a danger that we are not reflecting the world.”
Presenter Charlie Beckett concluded on his Polis journalism think thank blog: “This debate goes to the heart of what news is and what it does in an age when technology is transforming the way we understand our world.”
We strongly believe that constructive journalism has an important part to play in these discussions. We know from partner organisations as well as global interest in our courses that the same ‘big questions’ about journalism are being asked around the world right now.
If you want to join us on this pioneering journey, we would love to welcome you to our next constructive journalism course in London on Friday 20 March 2015. You can book one of the remaining places directly here.