About 17 years ago, I started an important adventure but was not totally aware of it. When I was just 26 years old, frustrated by the negative news spread by newspapers and newscasts, I decided to make an attempt, without any particular ambition except for the desire to contribute to the well-being of our society. This is how BuoneNotizie.net was established, thanks to the help of some friends of mine, which in 2002 became BuoneNotizie.it.
Initially, this project was a series of highs and lows, successes and disappointments, but it strongly relied on the awareness that information was destined to change sooner or later. This belief, which turned into resolution and even stubbornness, enabled this experiment to continue until today.
But what has changed compared to 17 years ago? In 2008, thanks to a study on positive psychology applied to journalism carried out by two researchers, the definition of “constructive journalism” was formulated, i.e. an approach that aims at innovating the world of information through the development of methods and parameters that help journalists introduce more positive-proactive and solution-oriented aspects into their professional activity, rather than simply focusing on problems.
It was a turning point whose potential has been successfully applied 10 years later by major international editors like The New York Times, The Economist, The Huffington Post, The Guardian, which could thus regain the trust of their readers, with a positive impact also on their revenues.
The leading Countries in this field are the United States and Northern Europe, which have now set the benchmark. Italy, unfortunately, is always bringing up the rear: here, 4 years ago, I started talking about constructive journalism, after having spent some time in London with some journalists of BuoneNotizie.it to learn more about this new approach, but the only reactions were scepticism and misunderstanding.
Those years were marked by the utmost isolation, as Assunta Corbo wrote in a post on Facebook, one of the few people who began dealing with this topic in her blog called That’s Good News. Finally, that isolation is over, precisely thanks to the establishment of the Italian Association of Constructive Journalism together with Assunta, which acts as a point of reference in Italy.
In fact, the focus on good news is not new: an attempt has already been made; certainly, it was a crucial step that I do not deny, but today it has evolved into a more complete, rigorous, effective constructive journalism.
The targets of the Association are very challenging and will be gradually revealed. We will need the support of everyone, from media to consumers. We’ll try hard!
Credici con noi!