Getting the Discussion Started: When Did News Become Bad News?

That was the first question at the tweetchat we held last Friday 2 entitled “Reporting on the Middle East: Myth and Reality,” aimed at triggering a discussion about how the region is portrayed by media outlets.

Are good news naïve? Do they mean hiding the truth? Can we really find good news in contexts of conflict? “I think spreading bad news is to make others’ see in black and white at a time [when] there are more colors to enjoy,” @mohdbakh beautifully put it.

“I’m personally addicted to reading an expressive webpage-short-article- which carries [something] to provoke positive thinking,” said @BesGj. Objectivity, truthfulness, and connectivity were only some of the topics discussed in a stimulating tweetchat that extended for two hours.

“My good friend and I always talk about how much more fun it is to play in the grey of the world,” said @DanCarman12.

The tweetchat was part of BarakaBits’ efforts to build a good news movement and crowdfund in order to set up a youth employment program that will extend coverage to remote regions in the Middle East. Join us on our next tweetchat next Tuesday 6, at 1PM EST, to discuss the growing trends in the region.

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Valentina Primo

Journalist, globetrotter, and determined idealist. Since Valentina left her home country of Argentina, she has searched for ways to build bridges between cultures and foster dialogue. Her previous work in international organizations in Italy and Germany fed her passion for the world of development, while her 8-year journalistic experience in Argentina and Egypt increased her curiosity for everything that challenges the stereotype. She holds a BA in Journalism and a Masters in Peace Studies with a specialization in Human Rights.

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