Arianna Huffington Says Media Needs More Good News, Launches Vertical

What seems to be dominating headlines these days? War. Political mudslinging. Economic distress. Prejudice diatribes. Pure foolishness.

Does media need more feel-good stories?

Arianna Huffington thinks so.

So much so that today, The Huffington Post is getting into the good news arena.  Huff Post Good News is being billed as a one-stop shop for inspirational stories that will circumvent media’s tendency to focus on negativity and what sells (or captures eyeballs) versus highlighting people who are doing good in their communities.

This has been a passion project for Huffington. About its importance, she told FishbowlNY:

“There is obviously a lot that is dysfunctional and destructive in our world, but there are also millions of people doing amazing things, overcoming great odds, and facing real challenges with perseverance, creativity and grace. HuffPost Good News will be devoted to these stories, using a variety of storytelling tools to bridge the gap that separates the world as it is from the world as portrayed by the bulk of the media.”

The section, which is edited by Jessica Prois, who also edits the Impact vertical, kicks off with blogs from Desmond M. Tutu, Deepak Chopra and actress Soleil Moon Frye discussing Haiti; updates from inspirational stories previously covered on HuffPost; and coverage from the outlet’s other sections,  including its local verticals and a compilation of the “Greatest Person of the Day.” And of course it will aggregate content from sites that already focus on the positive like GOOD magazine, Daily Good, Ode Magazine, Gimundo and The Daily Love.