Karen Bayly

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News Booth: Saving Children

I introduced the idea of a steampunk style News Booth in my novel, “Fortitude”. This is the blog version.  So what’s on today?

The Good News: Children are being saved!

More than a quarter of a billion children have a better chance to grow up healthy, educated and safe than in the past two decades. Save the Children’s 2019 Global Childhood Report shows that the world has made remarkable progress in protecting the lives of children, thanks to strong political leadership and social investment.

Photo by Branden Harvey on Unsplash

Circumstances for children have improved in 173 out of 176 countries since 2000. They based the evaluation on children’s access to health care, education, nutrition and protection from harmful practices like child labour and child marriage. This means today there are:

  • 4.4 million fewer child deaths per year
  • 49 million fewer stunted children
  • 130 million more children in school
  • 94 million fewer child labourers
  • 11 million fewer girls forced into marriage or married early
  • 3 million fewer teen births per year
  • 12,000 fewer child homicides per year

Photo by Ben White on Unsplash

The Bad News: Media reporting? What media reporting?

Admittedly, everything is not 100%  as one in four children still don’t have the right to a safe and healthy childhood. Children living in or fleeing conflict zones are among the most disadvantaged.

However, the overall result is amazing. Recall seeing it reported on any media outlets? No? Me neither. Even a Google search came up with nothing from any news website.

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

Media has always focused on sensationalist stories to some extent - that’s what sells. Even the Romans were prone to news reports that encouraged biased impressions of events rather than neutrality. However, this editorial tactic has become increasingly prevalent over the years, and now we no longer trust what they report.

An unfortunate side effect is that genuinely good news, stories that make us feel good about ourselves as humans, go unreported. No sensational enough, not ‘sexy’ enough, not divisive enough. I think that's sad.

If you want to keep up with the good news (and there is plenty of it out there), I suggest subscribing to sites like Future Crunch or OZY.


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