Shedding light on the positive

The news is comprised of a series of current events that we want or need to read.  Typically, news stories are arranged according to what the editor thinks the readers will find most important. On online media sites, provoking or eye-catching stories will be featured first and then, as the reader scrolls down, other stories regarding something like a recent box office hit will be featured toward the bottom.  Often times, ‘positive news’ is put on the back burner.  Positive news and news in general is constantly occurring, but only certain news makes the cut.  The news stories that are published are often sensationalized. Editorial decisions and public opinions are what drive a story.  The editors pick what is displayed on the front page, but the target audience influences it.  The only problem with this is that the Average Joe doesn’t know what they want because they’re completely misguided by years of carefully selected news.  It shouldn’t be a citizen’s job to search for a greater truth nor should it be their job to dig through the news to find a positive story.  Journalists should automatically provide a fair story, which represents both sides.  News shouldn’t simply be something that sells, it should be a challenge.  Furthermore, news shouldn’t criticize, but rather resolve an issue.

Instead of criticizing an issue that’s already highly published, I will be featuring articles that are often cast aside.  Both articles are featured in the lifestyle section of life and health section.

On September 3, 2013 Jenifer Schuessler published, “Uncovering Strangers in a Strange Land,” in The New York Times.  This article speaks for the female, Caucasian pioneers of the black renaissance.  More specifically this article reflects Carla Kaplan’s upcoming book “Miss Anne in Harlem: The White Women of the Black Renaissance.”   Carla Kaplan, literary scholar and writer of black culture and literature, depicts the women in her book as “pioneers at the frontiers of American thinking about racial identity.”  Kaplan’s book features several stories of the white women living in 1930’s Harlem.  The article exposes the audience to a subculture unknown and even ignored by modern society.  These women were not only patronized by society, but they were also scrutinized within their own community.  Although they defined odds they had no place and no race to call their own.

On September 2, 2013 The Wall Street Journal published, “New Procedures Help Pediatric Cancer Patients with Future Fertility.”  The article discusses a young cancer patient’s vital decision.  Farah Contractor was diagnosed with leukemia when she was only fourteen.  Not only had she had to face the realization that she was living with a deadly disease, she also had to make a vital decision regarding her reproductive future.  While most fourteen year old girls worry about preventing zits, Contractor’s biggest worries were leukemia and pregnancy.  Contractor “could improve her fertility chances by undergoing a procedure to remove and freeze some of her ovarian tissue, as part of a research study”.  The experimental procedure would have to be done before any cancer treatment.  Although she was nowhere near pregnancy, she had to determine her future plans in a relatively short amount of time.  In the article she states, “I pretty much immediately said yes.  I’ve always wanted kids.”   The article discusses the benefits of establishing fertility-preservation techniques.  It establishes ‘hope’ and security according to patients and their families.


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