Letter: Good news: why the media should record achievements as well as failures

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Sir: It was interesting to read the article by Martyn Lewis on the need for a change in news values. A week ago a friend announced that she no longer lets her children watch television news: it unsettles them and they have drawn their own conclusions that the world is a thoroughly evil place.

I encourage my two older children, aged 13 and 11, to watch the news. As a result, we sometimes have long (and depressing) talks afterwards. I would certainly welcome a selection of stories where good news is given a higher priority than at present.

We are all aware that the world is in a sad state, but it is not thoroughly bad and corrupted. There is a need for us all to get a slightly more balanced picture.

Yours sincerely,


Frilsham, Berkshire

26 April