Date
26 September 2017
Not everyone will admit it, but this is the kind of news most people want to read about. Photo: Reuters
Not everyone will admit it, but this is the kind of news most people want to read about. Photo: Reuters

Why good news was bad news for website

So you’re sick of a constant diet of bad news — crimes, disasters, wars — in the media and on the internet?

One website in southern Russia thought it would give its readers what they really wanted.

“Do you feel like you are surrounded by negative information? You don’t want to read the news in the morning?” the City Reporter in Rostov-on-Don said.

“Do you think good news is a myth? We’ll try to prove the opposite tomorrow!”

On Dec. 1, as promised, the website carried only positive headlines, BBC News reported.

“No disruption on the roads despite snow,” declared one.

Another announced that an underpass would be built in time for Victory Day.

To its horror, the website found that its readership fell two-thirds that day. 

“We looked for positives in the day’s news, and we think we found them,” deputy editor Viktoriya Nekrasova wrote on Facebook.

“But it looks like almost nobody needs them.”

The following day, the City Reporter returned to more reliable topics: car crashes and burst water pipes.

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