The Philadelphia Inquirer got an idea from the (Minneapolis) Star Tribune – focus on the good stuff, too. In April, the Inquirer will launch a new Sunday print section (yes, you read that correctly) that focuses on the solutions, stories and people making the region better.
It’s called The UpSide, and it was Inspired by Strib’s Inspired, which launched last year. The Strib’s standalone print section comes out on Saturdays and had two sponsors in its first year. Digital stories from the section bring in a total of between 100,000 and 200,000 pageviews a month. And the beat tends to “be strongest with engaging local readers, retaining local subscribers and engaging online readers,” said Suki Dardarian, the Star Tribune’s managing editor and vice president, in an email.
Neither project, however, is an attempt to manufacture good news and ignore reality.
“We’ve been under siege for so long that we’ve had to focus on the stuff that we really can’t trust will go well without us,” said Ronnie Polaneczky, a columnist at the Inquirer who will lead the new section in Philly. “But I think what we’re learning is, jeez, that other stuff is just as important.”
Last summer, Star Tribune columnist Gail Rosenblum started a new job leading the good news section. It’s something readers were begging for, she said.
“We are just inundated with troubling and divisive news day in and day
Read more here: https://www.poynter.org/reporting-editing/2019/good-news-these-newspapers-added-a-print-section-on-good-news/