WBUR’s Kind World series shows power of small acts of kindness

When he started his job as a social media producer at WBUR, Nate Goldman had negative news fatigue. A lot of us have probably experienced it: the feeling that news stories are too heavy and make the world seem cold and callous. Goldman saw stories about violence, crime and despair on news sites. But while on socialContinue reading “WBUR’s Kind World series shows power of small acts of kindness”

Upworthy’s most popular stories show desire for uplifting, serious content

Research shows that people are increasingly sharing upbeat content on social networks. But “upbeat,” it turns out, doesn’t necessarily mean “happy-go-lucky” in the world of social media sharing. Upworthy, a site that publishes uplifting content and generates millions of social shares, found that some of its most popular stories in 2013 were about heavy topics like economic inequality,Continue reading “Upworthy’s most popular stories show desire for uplifting, serious content”

Drawbacks of some upbeat stories that get shared, go viral

With the emergence of sites like BuzzFeed and Upworthy, there’s been an interesting shift in the type of content people want to share. Recent research shows that people now gravitate toward — and share — upbeat stories. Much of this has to do with social media. Time Magazine’s Eliana Dockterman wrote in August: Researchers are discovering thatContinue reading “Drawbacks of some upbeat stories that get shared, go viral”

Why there’s reason to be optimistic about journalism’s future

In recent years, there have been countless stories about layoffs and budget cuts at news organizations, making it seem like the future of journalism is bleak. As 2013 drew to a close, though, I was struck by how many articles painted a more optimistic picture of journalism’s future. Caroline Little, CEO CEO of the NewspaperContinue reading “Why there’s reason to be optimistic about journalism’s future”