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 beginnings, the website has been a clearinghouse for the gathering and dissemination of positive news stories from around the globe, confirming what people already know — 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 the positive news. In the 1990’s while homicide rates in the U.S. plummeted by 42 percent, television news coverage of murders surged more than 700%, according to the Center for Media and Public Affairs.
“If news is not really news unless it is bad news, it may be difficult to claim we are an informed nation.” –Norman Cousins, Journalist and Editor
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.
We are creating a shift in the public’s paradigm of what news should be (a fair reflection of society). We’ve built a community of people enthused to learn about outstanding citizens and innovative solutions to problems. We often challenge the negative stereotypes built around race, politicians, religions, corporations, Hollywood, and inner cities.
(GNN homepage, circa 2006)
GNN was 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 original news articles as well as reprinted columns by the likes of David Ignatius, Jeanne Marie Laskas, David Suzuki, Karen Armstrong, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Carol Adrienne.
Gen. Colin Powell, Former Sec. of State, wrote to Good News Network saying,
“I enjoyed reading the positive stories… Keep up your good work”
FOUNDED 20 YEARS AGO
Geri Weis-Corbley 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. (READ more about the Founder here)
(First GNN Homepage, 1997)
In 2017, Geri celebrated the 20th anniversary of GNN by planning a redesign of the website (version 4.0) to launch in time for the holidays, with new partners and a new vision to become ‘the Good Google’, and offer more than just news. Stay tuned for more…
“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.
PRESS ROOM – Here’s some publicity we’ve racked up over the years: Press Page
GNN TEAM – Join our team of editors, contributors and volunteers, who get a shout out here.
GERI’S BLOG – Look behind the scenes at Founder’s blog.
CONTACT – Contact us
SUBMIT YOUR OWN GOOD NEWS – Register to submit an original blog post, Suggest news links from around the web or submit your photos (you must own the copyright, or have permission to share images).
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.”