Collaborative "citizen reported" news sites are all the rage these days, so some bizarre take on the trend was surely inevitable. The development in question is the imminent launch of HappyNews.com, which will focus only on -- you guessed it -- happy news. As opposed to the various wiki-style sites that get ordinary people to voluntarily write stories, HappyNews will operate more like Ohmynews, which pays people for their efforts. The paid-submission approach sounds worthwhile and ripe for testing in the US, but that's where the logic ends. The focus on only good news -- which apparently has been tried before -- is just a problematic premise. We're all for reforming the media's tendency to harp on the worst news possible and we wish HappyNews luck in their goal of supplementing traditional news, but perhaps there's a reason there haven't been any successful "happy news" outlets: happy isn't news. If a story with a positive angle is at all newsworthy, it will mostly likely either be: 1) picked up by traditional media, 2) a feel-good ditty typically relegated the end of local newscasts along with the one about the waterskiing squirrel, or 3) all of the above.
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