On Thursday 25th September, Irish TDs and Senators, along with the members of Dóchas, the Irish aid agency umbrella body, launched the 2014 print edition of the “World’s Best News”, an Irish NGO good news paper. The paper was distributed to thousands of commuters on the streets of Dublin, Cork and Galway on Friday morning the 26th September.
The World’s Best News was launched by Dóchas members in 2013, with the aim of telling the stories of real and positive change in developing countries. The 2014 edition is the second print edition of the paper, with the first edition printed in October last year.
Leading headlines highlight the fact that nine out of ten children in developing countries are now enrolled in school, and that global malaria infection rates have almost halved, while other articles draw attention to technology and trade initiatives.
Speaking at the newspaper’s launch, Hans Zomer, Director of Dóchas, said:
“The World’s Best News is about telling the stories of the huge changes that are happening around us: the unreported reality of steady and unrelenting improvement in human lives right across the world. At times there may not be space in today’s media for these good news stories. With the World’s Best News we aim to counter stereotypes of developing countries, and also to counter the myth that aid does not work and that ordinary citizens cannot make a difference.”
As well as an annual print version, the news service also has online versions on Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram and Flipboard. Some stories have already been published on the online platforms but the majority of stories and photos will be published for the first time in the 2014 edition.
Hans Zomer, Dóchas Director, tel. 085 728 3258 / 01 405 3801 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org