Posted by Hayleigh Syens
Recently, while scanning my Facebook news feed, I came across a video (below) discussing research that suggested that MTV’s 16 & Pregnant had been responsible for approximately 1/3 of the decline in teenage pregnancies in recent years.
The video was posted by a page I had previously “liked” for the website Upworthy.
Upworthy is a unique site. They’re all about “things that matter”. They feature videos and articles about real issues and inspiring stories. Heck, they even have an entire section of their website dedicated to diversity. Not something you see every day.
I think this is a great thing and that Upworthy is making positive and significant contributions to the world.
Yes, that’s right. I just said something positive about the media.
We spend so much time tearing down and ripping the media apart for not being good enough, making mistakes and covering stories improperly. What about the parts of the media who are doing good things? Doing things right?
Even on this blog, since our focus is media issues, almost every post has been negative. I’m a journalist for a reason: because I see the positive contributions that the media makes to the world and I want add to those contributions.
As journalists, how are we making ourselves look if all we can do is point out the flaws in our chosen field? How are we supposed to get our readers to trust us if we can’t even trust our peers?
It’s time to start giving a little praise to journalists and media outlets that are doing a good job. Let’s break the cycle of negativity.