Author: Cathrine Gyldensted

The science of positive psychology offers a new, more constructive foundation for news reporting, proposes Cathrine Gyldensted

Brutal, terrible and sickening in all its violence, the Tucson shooting and its aftermath are sure headliners for media all over the world. But why are you reading about it in Positive News? The answer might surprise you. As well as the necessity of reporting the tragic events that unfolded and the outcomes of the prosecution, there are, in addition, also positive and constructive stories to be found, which have value for society. But we have to decide to look for such stories and know what we are looking for as reporters.

Personally, I wouldn’t have known what to look for had it not been because of what I learned in 2010 while studying for a master’s in positive psychology. You see, for most classically trained journalists, ‘positive’ is something Pollyanna-ish, fluffy and non-critical. It’s the feel-good piece about a kitten being rescued from a tree, and it’s placed just before the weather in TV´s evening news. It’s definitely not the prizewinning kind of journalism, which usually involves investigative pieces and stories that topple people in power.

The shift to more constructive and balanced news journalism won’t happen unless solid methods and tools are provided to journalists in order to produce valid and trustworthy positive or constructive news stories.

Read more on the history behind ‘negative’ news and get tips on new constructive tools for journalists here.

Source: Positive News