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by commercial pressures, not restricted by a lack of opportunity to leave the office, one allowing journalists to be professionals and give them control over copy, perhaps challenging the sensational demands of editors, or being given the chance to investigate fully and look beyond a single event – so returning, perhaps, to the aspirations many have when they first decide to go into the profession. Freelance investigative journalist Veronique Mistiaen,

who also teaches constructive practice in European and UK universities, said: “I ask people why they want to be journalists and they say they want to change things, to feel part of things, or “I want to make the world better” and when they consume the news they too feel angry and disengaged. “We’re trained to look for conflict and of course we should

look at the problem but also ask what’s next and look at what we should be doing. I think as journalists we have to think about what we do, what we produce and about the impact that we want to have.” Constructive journalism seems to tap into what readers,

viewers and listeners want and, significantly, what many journalists want to do but also challenges our relationship with the audience.

Those spreading the good word

Many news outlets now have a section dedicated to positive news and while it’s not all dogs on skateboards, it’s interpreted in many ways. America’s Good News,

founded in 1997, Network promises a “daily source for only good news, inspiring stories and images...will make you feel uplifted, optimistic and positive about life. It recently published

“Pro-Lifer Takes Flowers

to Planned Parenthood to Apologize and Say Thanks”. Huffington Post Good

News offers “a spotlight on what’s inspiring, what’s positive” claiming to cover stories that most media chooses not to. It offers stories about refugees, including one who now employs other refugees, alongside appeals for blood donations after the San Bernardino shooting. Upworthy, founded in 2012, has sections

titled Being A Better Human, Citizenship and Democracy and Inspiration. It is, it says, “sensational and substantial. Entertaining and enlightening.” The Daily Mirror has

a “feel-good” section intended to make you “smile, laugh and ultimately feel good” with a story about a 64-year old DJ granny with others -about heroes and good Samaritans, described as heart-warming.

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