This is Good News to the World. Journalism with a smile on its face” Good News Post
Fed up of bad news? You’re not alone.
This is Good News to the World – written by children and young people, the ‘Jill Dando Way’.
The Good News Post is a non-stop Good News newspaper to cheer up and give hope to people of all ages, backgrounds and nations.
We train and inspire the next generation of journalists, aged 5 to 18, to think positively, find and write good news, and make the world a better place.
It is done in the style of journalist Jill Dando, who characterised kindness, humility and good news.
Jill started her journalism aged 13 at Worle Community School Academy in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, England, where this newspaper began in 2017.
Jill was tragically murdered in London, 1999, aged just 37, at the peak of her career as Britain’s best TV journalist. Yet she remained kind, humble and wanted to make the world a better place.
The Good News Post uses Jill’s inspirational style of journalism as its style guide.
Now hundreds of young people are flooding the world with good news and launching their own journalism careers, just like Jill did, at school age.
Jill always had a smile, loved to laugh, and looked for the best in people.
This is journalism with a smile on its face.
There is more bad news than good in the world.
The world has suddenly been filled with overwhelming bad news – crime, hate, anger, terror, disease, sickness, madness, murder and more. And then there was COVID-19.
Young people could be forgiven for thinking the world is a terrible and scary place. Anxiety, fear and mental health cases are rocketing.
The truth is there is far more good news than bad in the world. And bad news can always be turned into good. There is always a positive side to everything.
Journalism should have a moral and moral motivation – to be a force for good. To put a smile on people‘s faces, to cheer people up and give much needed hope.”
We inspire and train young people to flood the world with good news.
We help them to look for the good, think positive, and think how can you take a bad news story and turn it into good.
Our good news philosophy has been in schools since 2007, starting at the brilliant Priory Community School Academy in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, England. The Good News Post was founded in 2017, out of its excellent sister school Worle Community School Academy. Jill Dando grew up on a housing estate in the middle of both schools. Both are part of The Priory Learning Trust.
Sarah O’ Gorman, an English teacher at Priory, set up a Jill Dando News Centre in Malawi in 2018.
On the 20th anniversary of Jill Dando‘s death, dozens of our young reporters met at her former school in Weston-super-Mare, England.
These are some of our ‘good news’ young reporters, aged 11and 12, who became the first journalists in Britain to interview new UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson in Downing Street in August 2019.
This is little Katie, 8, who won an award for helping the environment by litter picking her community. Her story was covered by children reporters.
This is English teacher Lizzie, who during COVID-19 switched her hand to helping thousands of people in desperate need, using her Queen’s Scout and teaching skills.
This is inspirational Sir (Captain) Tom who raised £32 million for the NHS during COVID-19
This is a headteacher and student who helped make over 4000 masks for the NHS during COVID-19.
Our Good news reporters told British Prime Minister Boris Johnson all about the Good News Post and Jill Dando News during two meetings with him in June and August 2019. He also read a copy of the Good News Post.
We welcome news from headteachers, teachers, parents, carers and young reporters – email us your good news below or #goodnewspost on social media
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