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    Would you watch "positive" news programs?

    Would you watch "positive" news programs? (ETA: The entire program, not just segments)

    People always seem to clamor for this. Yet, over my lifetime I have seen a couple attempts by local tv stations to do this, and all have failed miserably. I just saw a local tv station on Facebook asking, "What news stories should we feature today?", and several people said they wanted all positive stuff.

    I am going to submit that this is an area where people think they know what they want, but really don't. Just as people think and say they want healthy choices from McDonald's, they still order burgers and fries and the healthy choices fail. Same here. People think and say they want positive news, but then won't watch it.

    I won't pretend. I will freely admit that I do not watch the news for "good" news. I want what I call "hard news". Hard news can be good, such as when a kidnap victim is found safe, but it's usually not. I do appreciate a positive "feel good" story mixed in, absolutely, but honestly I wouldn't even bother to tune in if that's all the program was.
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    Re: Would you watch "positive" news programs?

    Quote Originally Posted by radcen View Post
    Would you watch "positive" news programs?

    People always seem to clamor for this. Yet, over my lifetime I have seen a couple attempts by local tv stations to do this, and all have failed miserably. I just saw a local tv station on Facebook asking, "What news stories should we feature today?", and several people said they wanted all positive stuff.

    I am going to submit that this is an area where people think they know what they want, but really don't. Just as people think and say they want healthy choices from McDonald's, they still order burger and fries and the healthy choices fail. Same here. People think and say they want positive news, but then won't watch it.

    I won't pretend. I will freely admit that I do not watch the news for "good" news. I want what I call "hard news". Hard news can be good, such as when a kidnap victim is found safe, but it's usually not. I do appreciate a positive "feel good" story mixed in, absolutely, but honestly I wouldn't even bother to tune in if that's all the program was.
    I don't get your point - several news stories in my area are positive. Like: Kartwheels for Kali

    I think people just need to pay more attention to news in their local areas, and consider just what is *good news*

    Rebuilding after a natural disaster.
    Communities renovating / doing improvements.
    Local charities and fund raisers.
    Health efforts (like the one I linked to) - etc
    ___ of the Month or ___ or the year (like teacher - etc)
    Even some political stories

    All good news.
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    Re: Would you watch "positive" news programs?

    Quote Originally Posted by radcen View Post
    Would you watch "positive" news programs?

    People always seem to clamor for this. Yet, over my lifetime I have seen a couple attempts by local tv stations to do this, and all have failed miserably. I just saw a local tv station on Facebook asking, "What news stories should we feature today?", and several people said they wanted all positive stuff.

    I am going to submit that this is an area where people think they know what they want, but really don't. Just as people think and say they want healthy choices from McDonald's, they still order burger and fries and the healthy choices fail. Same here. People think and say they want positive news, but then won't watch it.

    I won't pretend. I will freely admit that I do not watch the news for "good" news. I want what I call "hard news". Hard news can be good, such as when a kidnap victim is found safe, but it's usually not. I do appreciate a positive "feel good" story mixed in, absolutely, but honestly I wouldn't even bother to tune in if that's all the program was.
    Here's what I think: I think every news show should have a segment that features positive news. As an adjunct to the normal news, I think it'd be watched by more people than a whole feel-good thirty minutes.
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    Re: Would you watch "positive" news programs?

    I'd watch an honest news program, that delivered good information about important stories and events that left the viewer feeling not only more informed but also knowledgeable that there's a whole lot more important information out there that just couldn't fit into a single news program.

    Most "news" is about making its viewers feel smug and self-righteous in their opinion without challenging them to think, Fox News is the most obvious example of that.

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    Re: Would you watch "positive" news programs?

    Personally, I wouldn't mind if the news simply got back to actually reporting and leave the commentary and opinion pieces to the talking heads. Too often, in my view, you have a news anchor interacting with a "reporter" and asking him/her their opinion on something or their take on the situation or what they think will happen next. The lines between true reporting and promoting a position have been so blurred that it makes much of news programming a joke.
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    Re: Would you watch "positive" news programs?

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    Here's what I think: I think every news show should have a segment that features positive news. As an adjunct to the normal news, I think it'd be watched by more people than a whole feel-good thirty minutes.
    Reality proves otherwise. Ratings don't lie.
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    Re: Would you watch "positive" news programs?

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    Here's what I think: I think every news show should have a segment that features positive news. As an adjunct to the normal news, I think it'd be watched by more people than a whole feel-good thirty minutes.
    Agreed. I actually do like something positive within the news program. I like when our local stations have a "Student of the Week", or when a national broadcast profiles a person for making a positive difference in their community. But, honestly, I wouldn't tune in if the entire 30 minutes were that.
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    Re: Would you watch "positive" news programs?

    Quote Originally Posted by Wiseone View Post
    I'd watch an honest news program, that delivered good information about important stories and events that left the viewer feeling not only more informed but also knowledgeable that there's a whole lot more important information out there that just couldn't fit into a single news program.

    Most "news" is about making its viewers feel smug and self-righteous in their opinion without challenging them to think, Fox News is the most obvious example of that.
    Quote Originally Posted by CanadaJohn View Post
    Personally, I wouldn't mind if the news simply got back to actually reporting and leave the commentary and opinion pieces to the talking heads. Too often, in my view, you have a news anchor interacting with a "reporter" and asking him/her their opinion on something or their take on the situation or what they think will happen next. The lines between true reporting and promoting a position have been so blurred that it makes much of news programming a joke.
    We gave up real reporting when we stopped watching it in favor of "I'm Right News Hour."
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    Re: Would you watch "positive" news programs?

    Quote Originally Posted by radcen View Post
    Agreed. I actually do like something positive within the news program. I like when our local stations have a "Student of the Week", or when a national broadcast profiles a person for making a positive difference in their community. But, honestly, I wouldn't tune in if the entire 30 minutes were that.
    I've heard a lot of 'aren't there more positive things to talk about?' but I don't recall any of those people referring to wanting a 'purely positive news' - and often, news isn't either positive or negative, it just is. Stuff happens, they report. People seem to be labored down with the negative when it's war and murder.
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    Re: Would you watch "positive" news programs?

    News has to be relevant. Since all things relevant are not "positive" it would not be possible to have a legitimate news show that is all positive. That said, what I think it noticeably lacking from news is giving opposing viewpoints equal time to the slant the reporter wants to take on a great many stories. That feeds people not wanting to deal with the media at all because of their very agenda-oriented editing, sound-biting, and disposition, so reporters are increasingly destroying the journalistic integrity of the industry just to try to get 1 more viewer in their race to the bottom.

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