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The need for a glimmer of hope

Bad news is good news? Coronavirus has made it clear: The opposite is actually true. A study on constructive journalism released by Ellen Heinrichs in April 2021 proves it.

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Many people don't want to be left alone with photos and reports of war and catastrophe. It seems that the more dismal the news situation, the greater the longing for a glimmer of hope.

This is one of the most important findings of the study "Solutions, perspectives, dialogue: Why constructive journalism pays off for the media and societies." The study was commissioned by the Grimme Institute and carried out by b° CEO Ellen Heinrichs and Alexandra Haderlein, the founder and editor in chief of Relenvanzreporter, a local membership-based Nuremberg news service.

According to the study, solutions-oriented journalism can help minimise the dangerous trend of news avoidance. Furthermore, experiences of reporting on the coronavirus reveal that the demand for useful, fact-based information is especially great during times of crisis.

"The public clearly wants possible solutions to be as much a part of the picture as the problems themselves," study author Ellen Heinrichs said. "Many people are looking for journalism that is relevant to and useful in their everyday lives."


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You can read the English version of the study here:

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