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Whit Johnson reportingThe media is often criticized for having too much negative news and not enough uplifting or positive stories. Well, one Web site is looking to change that and provide what they call "a little more balance."
Much like a half glass of water, the value of what we see in the media is often a matter of perspective. Obviously, a daily headline will generate a much different reaction than Nutty the water-skiing squirrel, but one Web site called HappyNews.com is looking to provide a very specific service.
Byron Reese, founder of HappyNews.com, says, "It's a Web site devoted entirely to positive, upbeat news." Reese says he hopes the Web site serves as a balance to what he calls "an overwhelming amount of negative news."
His office contacted KSL, asking permission to use one of our stories about a person who notified a family that their house was on fire. "The world is full of much more good news, many, many times more good news than bad news, but people's perception isn't that way at all," Reese said.
And Reese is not alone. Curt Castagno says, "I think people want to hear more about what's going right in our city nowadays."
Deborah Petersen says, "I have associates that don't watch the news because they say it's just depressing."
Sometimes, though, you just need to take a closer look at the headline: "Hundreds of lawyers descend on polygamist compound in Texas." Turns out, they're working for free.
All kidding aside, when it comes to the news, you can always choose where you find it.
HappyNews.com was founded in 2005, and Web site officials tell us they get about 10,000 hits per day.