Cheer up, good news coming

 
Last Updated: Saturday 04 July 2015

www.goodnewsindia.com
This website believes that there is good news in India, and those making it are thousands of unknown men, women and institutions. It aims to reassure Indians that idealism and affirmative action have not disappeared. Good intention, but partly marred by loose editing and design faults.

A story on Bernadette D'Souza and Gregory D'Costa, who run a non-governmental organisation for immigrant workers in Goa, is split into an irritating three pages. The part on the group's work does comes in the second page, and it's only then we learn that they also run a helpline for children. A technical error from the second page has the text running weirdly: two or three words and then a break. A story on the modern gurus of Rishi Valley, Andhra Pradesh, is given a similar split treatment.

But these glitches can be pardoned for the sheer amount of good news and detailed coverage. The first page of the magazine section alone has more than 36 stories. They range from Abdul Kareem, who for 25 years has been protecting a forest in Kerala, to two young architects, who are building houses and sanitation in slums. The magazine is divided into 10 categories.

The 'supplement' is the website's news update section. It too has endless good news: from a new kind of biogas plant to a rule to protect whistleblowers. This website is about profiles: comprehensive, un-mushy and clear. Good.

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