Journalism of Hope *RERUN
Nowadays, there is a movement called "Constructive Journalism" occurring worldwide, in which citizens and the media gather information to solve local issues and everyday problems. In the United States, the distrust caused by the highly sensationalized and speed-focused news, as well as the weakening of local media outlets, has led to a series of regional media companies going bankrupt. Additionally, the voting rates for elections have declined, and "news deserts," which are considered to be a crisis for democracies, have been expanding rapidly. To counter this, American media companies have crossed boundaries to collaborate and provide investigation reports to verify national and state policies. In Denmark, a public radio station has broadcast their citizens' worries as well as their solutions, and has grown to the point where it has influenced national policies. Similarly, in Japan, local newspapers have cooperated with each other to thoroughly address their readers' questions and worries, and have succeeded in solving national issues from a regional perspective. This is a documentary in the frontlines focusing on "Democracy in the Age of the Internet."
Denmark's public radio service, DR, has been putting its efforts into solving everyday problems.
In the U.S., 2,100 newspapers have shut down in the past 15 years. "News deserts" have been spreading.
The wave of "Constructive Journalism" is gaining momentum simultaneously in places around the world.
Over the past decade, newspaper circulation has diminished by 12 million copies in Japan.