Faith In Positive Stories: What kind of stories do you like to read in the news?
Stories about success and celebration? Or stories about tragedy and the misfortune of others?
Most people would surely prefer to read uplifting stories that are well written and that aim to educate and inspire.
But unfortunately, when you take a look at your daily newspaper each morning, you may notice that the main headlines all focus on negativity.
Nowadays, column inches seem to be packed full of the woes of celebrities, the failures of politicians, the depressing overview of the economic climate. Even worse, these stories of gloom are often reported with an amount of glee on behalf of the journalist. The articles are often poorly written and do not educate nor inspire positive change in the life of the reader or society in general.
But wouldn’t it be nice to be greeted with an uplifting story about achievement, about something to celebrate, about something optimistic to get you in a good mood as you take on the day?
This is exactly what Duncan Williams, a Director of Son Christian Media Ltd., aims to achieve. He really does believe in the power of a good story.
“A good story does as it says on the tin; It reports a truthful, inspiring message. Maybe sheds a little light on some gloom… or draws attention to somebody or something worthwhile. The story’s power lies in the fact that through its reporting it seeks to encourages more of the same” said Williams.
Improving Society With Positive Media: Duncan Williams hopes to increase the well-being of society with positive media.
“Marginalised elements of society often find it hard to access or express views in the mainstream media. Broadly speaking there is a trade in sensationalism and death. A tragic killing gets a mass of column inches and airtime, whereas the celebration of a human life gets far less. A birthday of a 100 year old citizen deserves as much, if not more attention, than the gleeful reporting of yet more doom and gloom. Coverage should always aim to be personal and real. Profiles of people should aim to help readers identify and feel a part of the story rather than apart from it. Ten years of revised media attitudes could have a remarkably beneficial effect upon society.”
A good story does not necessarily have to be an uplifting story of celebration. A tragic story can also be a good story.
In the reporting of a tragic story the reader demands that there be a point and a purpose to the way the story is told. From a tragedy people can still learn something that will help them in life. A tragedy often brings out the best in people and highlights the inner strength of human beings, with communities pulling together during times of adversity.
Whether it be about a tragedy or a success, a good story is always about the celebration of human life.
“It’s human nature to want a good motive to override a bad one; it’s what best assists group survival” states Williams.
Good Stories Sell: A good story is also advantageous from a business perspective. Good stories sell.
Duncan Williams believes that advertisers would much rather have an ad for their product displayed next to a positive story than alongside a story full of gloom and negativity. An uplifting story will shed the product in a more positive light. The reader will also be in a more positive mood as a result of the story and thus more receptive to advertisements on the page.
“If you were a newspaper advertiser would you want to promote your product or service next to an article about something dark and negative or positive and uplifting? Positive wins through.” he said.
Creating A More Positive Society: Son Christian Media Ltd. is about more than just profiting from uplifting stories. Duncan Williams believes that by offering more positive media, we can build a more positive society.
“When all focus is placed relentlessly upon the negative, true vision, faith and hope all get eroded. A new pair of glasses can remind people that the world can still be a very beautiful place even in the most difficult of times. Modern media can be that powerful.” he states.
Duncan Williams wants to see more stories about the celebration of human life. Stories that help readers identify and feel part of the story rather than apart from it. He believes that ten years of revised media attitudes could have a remarkably beneficial effect upon society.
The Future Of Positive Media: As Duncan Williams continues to turn around the fortunes of magazines and newspapers, the amount of quality content in the media is only going to increase.
In 10 years’ time you may well get to take a look at your morning newspaper and read a good story that not only informs you, but educates you, and inspires you, and enriches your life. Wouldn’t that make a nice change?
Duncan Williams - Professional Summary: Faith publisher, theologian and broadcaster.
Duncan Williams - Professional Experience: BBC radio, Media@HTB, ecumenical communications lecturer.
Duncan Williams - Education: Launceston College, University of London, School of Economic Science.
Duncan Williams - Interests: Religious education, practical philosophy, tabloid newspapers and countryside walks.
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