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yes! Magazine has grown from a small group of cheery folk in the basement of a rented house in Washington State, USA, in 1996 into “a nonprofit, independent publisher of solutions journalism” (cite).

“Through rigorous reporting on the positive ways communities are responding to social problems and insightful commentary that sparks constructive discourse, yes! Magazine inspires people to build a more just, sustainable, and compassionate world” (Ibid).

In their 15th Anniversary video co-founder David Korten explains, “I think of our role increasingly as defining the new mainstream.”

Their solutions reporting spotlights the ideas and initiatives of people building a better world.

Their explanatory journalism analyses societal problems in terms of their root causes and explores opportunities for systemic, structural change.

Their stories uncover environmental, economic, and social justice intersections, and their commentaries consider alternative ways of thinking that can produce a more equitable and Earth-friendly world.

New for Teachers and Students

Also now launched is an exciting new yes! For Teachers section, which includes materials on teaching sustainability, social justice, respect and empathy, as well as tough discussion guides and discounted subscriptions for teachers (cite).

This new education section also includes student writing lessons, and the YES! National Student Writing Contest.

yes! For Teachers

A plethora of research shows that the mainstream media narrative of negative news has incredibly detrimental effects on personal and global wellness.

Solutions journalism (or constructive journalism) is part of a global movement to apply positive psychology to the news writing process, and yes! Magazine is playing a key role as an an ad-free, nonprofit, nonpartisan, reader-supported and independent solutions news outlet and education resource. Their media is available every day online and quarterly in print.

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