Connor Kwiecien is creating Good News: A Podcast
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Good News: A Podcast
It's not the best news; it's good news.

Mission Statement:
Good News: A Podcast is a humorous media outlet that amplifies the good, critiques the contemporary and creates news content that better reflects regular people’s lives. If you're overwhelmed by the news but want to know what's going on, we're here for you.

Why Make Good News: A Podcast Funny?:
In it's pure form, news is information and analysis. In today's form, much of news today is entertainment. Teasing a story before a commercial doesn't fall into the category of information or analysis. That's an entertainment tactic; that's news' hook -- (some) new is entertainment.

The word entertainment tends to have a positive connotation, but that's not always the case. To understand, I like to think of how Shakespearean theater was explained to middle school. There's comedy and tragedy. While it isn't a perfect classification of entertainment, if news is entertainment, it leans towards tragedy. Good News: A Podcast will lean towards comedy. That's Good News: A Podcast's hook -- comedy. 

Philosophy: 

Good News - A Podcast has two pillars, and both are built on a major oversimplification. Let’s say human emotions are on a spectrum which runs from pure bliss to helplessly depressed. From each end of the spectrum, take two moderate-sized steps towards the middle. Let’s call these new points “things are good,” and “things are bad.” That’s where the news lives. Either things are good, or things are bad.

According to the lay perspective, bad news outweighs the good. According to Reuters, in 2017, 38 percent of Americans said they often or sometimes avoided the news. Out of all respondents, 48 percent said they avoided the news because it had a negative effect on their mood. With people’s emotions in mind, the first pillar of Good News - A Podcast is to balance out the often negative news.

For the second pillar, it’s important to recall the definition of news. The news is defined as “newly received or noteworthy information, especially about recent or important events.” Media outlets filter newly received or noteworthy information and amplify stories they think are most important for their audience. This filtered information becomes "the news.” Filtering information is a valuable task because we don’t want to sort through every newly received or noteworthy piece of information on our own.

However, the filtering isn't perfect. A lot of newly received or noteworthy information in our lives is news to us, but not “the news” in the eyes of the media. Therefore, a separation is built between personal news and media news. At Good News - A Podcast, we contended that this is an issue because people project their lives based on the “news” they see in the media — even if it doesn’t reflect the news in their lives. 

This separation between personal news and media “news” isn’t the only one. Returning to the major oversimplification of emotions, the news lies between at “things are good” and “things are bad.” A void is in the middle. Yet, that’s not how people live. Our emotions aren’t like NPR hosts reading scripts - informative and level. Our emotions don’t bounce between good and bad. A lot happens in the middle.

So, for our second pillar: we want to make news from the void. The void between “things are good” and “things are bad” as well as the void between “the news” and news. We want to make people laugh and remember that news is important to know, but it should also reflect our lives.
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Good News: A Podcast
It's not the best news; it's good news.

Mission Statement:
Good News: A Podcast is a humorous media outlet that amplifies the good, critiques the contemporary and creates news content that better reflects regular people’s lives. If you're overwhelmed by the news but want to know what's going on, we're here for you.

Why Make Good News: A Podcast Funny?:
In it's pure form, news is information and analysis. In today's form, much of news today is entertainment. Teasing a story before a commercial doesn't fall into the category of information or analysis. That's an entertainment tactic; that's news' hook -- (some) new is entertainment.

The word entertainment tends to have a positive connotation, but that's not always the case. To understand, I like to think of how Shakespearean theater was explained to middle school. There's comedy and tragedy. While it isn't a perfect classification of entertainment, if news is entertainment, it leans towards tragedy. Good News: A Podcast will lean towards comedy. That's Good News: A Podcast's hook -- comedy. 

Philosophy: 

Good News - A Podcast has two pillars, and both are built on a major oversimplification. Let’s say human emotions are on a spectrum which runs from pure bliss to helplessly depressed. From each end of the spectrum, take two moderate-sized steps towards the middle. Let’s call these new points “things are good,” and “things are bad.” That’s where the news lives. Either things are good, or things are bad.

According to the lay perspective, bad news outweighs the good. According to Reuters, in 2017, 38 percent of Americans said they often or sometimes avoided the news. Out of all respondents, 48 percent said they avoided the news because it had a negative effect on their mood. With people’s emotions in mind, the first pillar of Good News - A Podcast is to balance out the often negative news.

For the second pillar, it’s important to recall the definition of news. The news is defined as “newly received or noteworthy information, especially about recent or important events.” Media outlets filter newly received or noteworthy information and amplify stories they think are most important for their audience. This filtered information becomes "the news.” Filtering information is a valuable task because we don’t want to sort through every newly received or noteworthy piece of information on our own.

However, the filtering isn't perfect. A lot of newly received or noteworthy information in our lives is news to us, but not “the news” in the eyes of the media. Therefore, a separation is built between personal news and media news. At Good News - A Podcast, we contended that this is an issue because people project their lives based on the “news” they see in the media — even if it doesn’t reflect the news in their lives. 

This separation between personal news and media “news” isn’t the only one. Returning to the major oversimplification of emotions, the news lies between at “things are good” and “things are bad.” A void is in the middle. Yet, that’s not how people live. Our emotions aren’t like NPR hosts reading scripts - informative and level. Our emotions don’t bounce between good and bad. A lot happens in the middle.

So, for our second pillar: we want to make news from the void. The void between “things are good” and “things are bad” as well as the void between “the news” and news. We want to make people laugh and remember that news is important to know, but it should also reflect our lives.

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