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Good news is bad news?

We’ve been hearing complaints about media highlighting only the bad news. “Noted,” the mediaman says, resumes work and features the rape of a 75-year-old grandma in the front page of the next day’s issue. But there was actually a newspaper that featured good news only. I found this article while surfing the net. Let’s see what happened to that paper.

Good News newspaper

A good news newspaper called Good News was founded because, its American proprietors believed, people were tired of reading bad news. The bi-weekly paper refused to publish any bad news and only printed the good.

It didn’t last very long, however. After just 16 months in operation the paper closed down. But it stuck to its guns of publishing only good news to the bitter end and refused to announce its own failure – this would have been contrary to its policy to include no news but good news.

The last issue contained the headline “No war declared in 16 weeks”.

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3 Responses to “Good news is bad news?”

  1. “Dog bites man” type of stories are not as interesting as “Man bites dog”. “Man bites dog” stories surface, printed, talk about because these deviate from normal flow of events.

    However, I stand that responsible journalist must not report all-bad news ONLY nor the all-good news only. There must be balance. Information is crucial especially to democratic society like ours. Thus, we need responsible journalist who just don’t stick to old dictum “bad news is best headline”

  2. ““Dog bites man” type of stories are not as interesting as “Man bites dog”. “Man bites dog” stories surface, printed, talk about because these deviate from normal flow of events.”
    -ha! one of our lessons in journalism… hehehe..

    When a dog bites a man, that is not news, because it happens so often. But if a man bites a dog, that is news!

  3. […] been hearing complaints about media highlighting only the bad news, Lorenzo Niñal observed. While many wants to read and hear more “good news” from mass media, I doubt […]


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