Finally, some good news

July 23, 2007 at 11:49 am (Cape Flats)

The M&G should be commended for running a good news story from Mitchell’s Plain. It’s so rare that it immediately jumped out at me when I read it. I can’t find it online but it’s in the 20 July issue.
Obviously, I read all these stories because I come from there, but as an objective media person I recognise the need to publish pieces such as these.
It gives people hope – it’s not a whitewash but finally telling the better stories to come from that area. There are good news pieces but for some reason, media bosses still rely to heavily on the “if it bleeds it leads” mentality.
South Africans, I think, are traumatised enough. We don’t want too much of that anymore as we see it in real life all the time.
Yesterday, for example, after reading Rapport I felt physically sick; the murder and mayhem is too much. Why do newspapers persist in ragging on and on about the negativities?
I’m not suggesting we write off all the bad news happening here but maybe editors should think a bit more about how their readers will feel after paging through 12 pages of trauma.

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7 Comments

  1. madamm said,

    I don’t know who it was, but someone was saying they don’t want to read the papers anymore, cos there’s nothing to be happy about, despite Bullards piece on our apparent “schadenfreude”(MrsM’s favorite word ever) from reading stories about Zim and so on

  2. Toby Hanks said,

    I thought Bullard’s piece was right on target. I agree with that person that reading the papers is such a drag. Nothing but one bd thing after the other.
    I’m not suggesting we all become sunshine people, but for heaven’s sake, there are good news stories out there.

  3. madamm said,

    well, I love good news stories, but sometimes the bad news ones draw more attention. Bullard is actually right- I had to ask myself (deeply) whether I feel a sense of relief for not being there (in Zim) when I read about the horrendous stuff going on there. And the truth is…that yes, I do. But its not because I am mean-spirited, just that I feel a little more grateful for the bread in my Pick ‘n Pay, among other things.

  4. kash99 said,

    Then sad thing is: Bad news sells..people can say what they like..but we are all attracted to crime and mayhem..the last good news story i read was…er, i dunno..but a sad story: where do i begin?? That’s why I interviewed a model last week..mindless fun!!

  5. tbhanks said,

    What you’re saying is kinda true but why are people buying less newspapers then? I can understand big news stories being read but smaller negative stories are putting people off. That’s why escapist mags and Nicky Greenwall type shows are doing so well – people are gatvol of all the bad stuff in the papers.

  6. kash99 said,

    I know..i better start looking for another job then..studying is looking more and more appealing these days..SA could do with more forensics to help put the skelms away!!!

  7. tbhanks said,

    I think you should go for it meisie. I’m 100% behind you on that one. One day I’ll hit the books again…

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