OUR MISSION, OUR PASSION
Since 1997, people have turned to the Good News Network® as an antidote to the barrage of negativity experienced in the mainstream media. Because of its long history, staying power, and public trust, GNN has remained #1 on Google.
From its beginning in 1997, the website has been a clearinghouse for the gathering and dissemination of positive news stories from around the globe. Since 2006, our daily dose of ‘News to Enthuse’ has confirmed for thousands of fans what we already knew to be true — that good news itself is not in short supply; the broadcasting of it is. Thomas Jefferson said the job of journalists was to portray accurately what was happening in society. GNN was founded because the media was failing to report on the positive. In the 1990’s while homicide rates in the U.S. plummeted by 42 percent, television news coverage of murders surged more than 700 percent, according to the Center for Media and Public Affairs. The editor Norman Cousins once said, “If news is not really news unless it is bad news, it may be difficult to claim we are an informed nation.”
While it’s important for us to remain informed citizens, especially in order to be responsible voters, an overabundance of pessimistic, depressing stories can create a perception of a ‘crime- and greed-filled community’ out of proportion with reality. People need a well-balanced media diet, but broadcasters serve too much junk food — local TV news in the U.S., especially.
We’ve built a community of people enthused by positive news, eager to participate with each other, and dedicated to the enrichment and inspiration of all. We are creating a shift in the public’s paradigm of what news should be. (It should fairly reflect society today and humanely serve the society of tomorrow. We want to spark that transformation.)
So this website was created in order to report on outstanding citizen action, innovative solutions to the world’s problems, and to shatter negative stereotypes in the public regarding race, governments, politicians, religion, corporations, Hollywood, public schools, and inner cities. It was also specifically created to be a for-profit business in order to finally prove the founder’s precept that good news actually does sell. Changing broadcasters’ belief about what kind of programming “sells” is critical to getting more positive programming on the air.
The Good News Network® features links to stories around the world, but also original news articles by the Good News Network editors, and contributing authors and columnists like David Ignatius, Jeanne Marie Laskas, David Suzuki, Karen Armstrong, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Carol Adrienne.
Good News Network has also offers two FREE APPs that deliver non-stop ‘good news’ stories from around the world. Our apps– for iPhone and for Android – give you nothing but the good stuff: stories about the environment, health, animals, charities, governments, and kindness do-gooders.
“There are plenty of benefits when you read lots of good news, not the least of which is health.”
Read “Why Good News” to learn more.
One person has been the force behind creating and updating the website since it was first launched in her lakeside home. The woman dubbed a “Good News Guru” by the Washington Post has grown the business while raising three kids. Geri Weis-Corbley became the first expert in the field of positive news in the U.S, and today her website serves millions of page views each month and is growing exponentially (as are her kids, now young adults).
With 35 years of experience in television and online news media, she has been a producer, director, editor, and videographer. Geri has worn every hat in her business, but most importantly she is the author of thousands of news articles and essays on almost every topic. She has spoken on TV and radio and as a guest speaker, extolling the benefits of a regular dose of “News to Enthuse”. Her website has been highlighted by Katie Couric on the CBS Evening News, featured on NPR, the BBC, in Rolling Stone and numerous publications and other programs.
Geri first conceived of the Good News Network in 1982, two months into her first job after college, working in TV news in Washington, D.C., freelancing for companies like CNN. She told her colleague there should be a “good news show,” but he informed her that good news doesn’t sell. Still, the idea gnawed at her like sand in an oyster, and that gnawing only became worse as she wondered how long it would be before her 5-year-old son began actually listening to the news being broadcast around him.
In 1997, after teaching herself to code in html, the Good News Network, on a simple yellow background, was born.
Gen. Colin Powell, Former Sec. of State, wrote to Good News Network saying,
“I enjoyed reading the positive stories… Keep up your good work”
PRESS ROOM – Here’s some publicity we’ve racked up over the years: Press Page
COMMUNITY – Join our team of editors, contributors and volunteers, who get a shout out here.
GERI’S BLOG – Look behind the scenes at Geri’s blog.
CONTACT – Contact us
SUBMIT YOUR OWN GOOD NEWS
Anyone who has a website username and password is invited to submit stories on our User Blogs. We might even elevate them to our Latest News Page.
We also invite submissions for our Photo of the Day. You can add photos or submit news, BUT ONLY if you own the copyright to the words and images (meaning you wrote it or made the image yourself, or have permission to share it).
Writing Tips: Provide the facts — Who, What, When, Where, How and Why — but make your first sentences the most compelling. Do you have a hook or question to engage the readers? Often, it works well to state the problem, and then, how it was solved (within 2-3 sentences) then give the details in the body of the story. We look forward to seeing your submissions on our User Blogs!
Are you a non-profit? No. We are not. One of our business goals from the start was to prove that good news sells. We engage in commerce to show that good news has value and people want it enough to allow advertisements, and even support it financially, by becoming a Member.
Is the site free? Yes. All our good news is free. We have special bonus gifts for those who become Members, but all the website content is free.
Are you hiring? Not at this time.
How can I make Good News Network my homepage? Instructions depend on which browser you use to surf the internet. Here are some instructions at About.com.
Still have questions? Contact us here.
Famed Harvard psychologist and author Tal Ben-Shahar said:
“The Good News Network is an extremely important initiative. I recommend that each person makes it a habit to visit the website at least once a day. Positive information benefits us emotionally, physically, and mentally. It can contribute in a meaningful way to a happier and healthier life.”