Media as a “force for good”

Deseret News recently cited my interview with San Francisco Chronicle reporter Kevin Fagan alongside other examples of journalism that has a positive effect on society–like that of Nicholas Kristof.

“Journalist Kevin Fagan has reported extensively on homeless issues in San Francisco in the last decade. His efforts as a “solution journalist” have led to the creation of new social programs, reunited families and influenced social change. It’s easier to write about the problems rather than what’s working, Fagan said.

“It’s important to write about problems, but it’s not the only thing to write about,” Fagan said in an interview with Rachel Signer of “There’s an institutional or industrial attitude that writing happy stories is sappy. They are seen as ‘puff pieces.’ The trick is … writing about something that’s useful and informative rather than puffy and dippy.”

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