Jill Dando and her incredible story is inspiring thousands of young people aged 8 to 18 to find, and write and post good news stories.
She was the smiling face of Britain in the 1999s – kind, humble, positive and brilliant.
Jill’s death in 1999 was not the end of Jill’s story. Her life is not about a murder. It is what a kind, special person she was and how that kindness, humility, positivity and brilliance is living on through an ever expanding number of young people.
Good news stories worldwide are being written in her style and memory and published in this newspaper and then onto Social Media and the wider Media worldwide.
There are a fast expanding numbers of Jill Dando News Centres in her former childhood county of Somerset, and one in Malawi. There are many more being planned.
From the backing of the past two Prime Ministers, to interviewing one of them in Number 10, to covering local, national and global stories, Jill Dando News would have made Jill proud.
They have set a Jill Dando News Centre across the county of Somerset and even in Malawi, Africa.
Jill Dando News reporters also helped set up the Good News Post – where their stories are ‘posted’ first before the world’s Media.
Good News Post news is powered by Jill Dando News – hundreds of 8 to 18 year olds trained in real-life journalism by professional Media people including Jill’s brother Nigel.
Two of our Jill Dando News reporters, Olivia and Aimee, went to school just yards from Jill’s childhood home, and produced this piece for BBC TV when they were only 14.
Though she was murdered in 1999 aged 37, Jill’s memory lives on with thousands of good news stories sent out across the world.
Jill was the epitome of all that the world needs. Kindness, positivity, compassion, humility and a smile to cheer others up.
The Smiling Face of Britain and Journalism
She was the smiling face of Britain and journalism.
At the age of 8, Jill took out Ladybird books on journalism and Media – an early glimpse into her passion. Then at Worle Community School Academy her journalism really kicked off. She ended up becoming the golden girl of TV.
Following in Jill’s footsteps
Now we train up hundreds of young people to help them follow the same path as Jill – brilliant at writing stories, positive, humble and kind.
One of her former colleagues at her first newspaper the Weston Mercury, David was a photographer for 48 years. He remembers Jill in the early years. He said “Jill used to light up a room when she just walked into it. It was her personality. But she remained humble. Being famous did not affect her. She was still the same Jill even when in demand across the Media. She is the perfect role model for young people everywhere and the journalists generally.”