Good News Everyday: Wonderful World

Newsvine is excited to announce Wonderful World, a community hub where 'good news' stories from both the Wire and the Vine will be featured.

If this sounds like a familiar idea, it's probably because there's already a number of Viners who like to focus on good news, with many of them joining the group Good News Wednesday. Naturally, we wouldn't make a page like this without giving some shine to the community, the originators.

Good News Wednesday has its own featured spot on Wonderful World, right in the left-hand column, so if you've got some good news to share, join up and share some articles and seeds with the, well, wonderful world.

(My algorithms tell me humans like puns.)

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The GNW articles will be sorted by popularity, so make sure the submissions are...good? Is that corny to say? I should consult the cyborg.

I like seeing stuff like this, where Vine and Wire articles show up side by side in a featured place.

Note that GNW is a user-created group and they've got some [very well-written] rules. Just like in any other group, respect them. [No politics, notably.]

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Reply#1 - Thu Jul 30, 2009 6:30 PM EDT

Great idea. So if i've been submitting fresh articles to GNW every Wed should I do anything? Clip or publish to this new group?

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#1.1 - Sat Aug 8, 2009 3:32 PM EDT

let me revive my question above as i plan to write a gnw piece tomorrow - do i give it some special tag or anything for this good news hub vs the gnw group?

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#1.2 - Tue Aug 18, 2009 8:20 PM EDT

Scott, when you go to the Wonderful World group on Newsvine that they started it has articles that have come from MSNBC's Wonderful World page. These come from MSNBC only.

Also on the side they have a box which features the GNW group. So anything you post to Good News Wednesday shows up in the box.

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#1.3 - Tue Aug 18, 2009 10:25 PM EDT

Thanks for explaining, Rottlady.

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#1.4 - Wed Aug 19, 2009 8:31 AM EDT

Wonderful idea. I was getting tired of my angsty, partisan hackery getting interupted every Wednesday with stories about kittens.

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Reply#2 - Thu Jul 30, 2009 6:51 PM EDT

Gets one off that a$$hole stride they are used to?

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#2.1 - Mon Aug 3, 2009 3:27 PM EDT

I'm not taking this personally.

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Reply#3 - Thu Jul 30, 2009 6:52 PM EDT

I support the plan for GOOD NEWS....go team!!

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Reply#4 - Thu Jul 30, 2009 7:04 PM EDT

I am all for good news at any time. We can have too much of the same old fodder when life itself has balance! Great news!

However, when are we going to have a Society, People or Cultural category?

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Reply#5 - Thu Jul 30, 2009 7:24 PM EDT

Given all the crankiness on the vine lately, this sounds like a good idea.

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Reply#6 - Thu Jul 30, 2009 9:03 PM EDT

Great idea, tyler. Great idea.

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Reply#7 - Thu Jul 30, 2009 9:45 PM EDT

I found a website devoted to good news. More resources and places to share good news.

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#7.1 - Mon Aug 3, 2009 8:40 AM EDT

Does this mean I have to leave the world of political insanity to LOOK for good news? What a drag, man :-D

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Reply#8 - Thu Jul 30, 2009 10:16 PM EDT

Great idea Tyler and thank you for featuring Good News Wednesday.

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Reply#9 - Thu Jul 30, 2009 10:39 PM EDT

What a great shout out for your "baby", Good News Wednesday. :)

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#9.1 - Thu Jul 30, 2009 10:48 PM EDT

I agree with Hippiechick here, Mary GNW was your baby and I'm so glad it's started a new trend!

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#9.2 - Fri Jul 31, 2009 8:55 AM EDT

@Hippiechick68 & rottlady... thank you ladies, but I couldn't have done it without your help and that of Spikegary.

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#9.3 - Fri Jul 31, 2009 10:30 AM EDT

Thanks for the good news, Tyler!

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#9.4 - Fri Jul 31, 2009 6:28 PM EDT

I move to have this removed from Good News Wednesday; it was published on Thursday. It's clearly a violation of the rules. ;)

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#9.5 - Fri Jul 31, 2009 6:59 PM EDT

Excellent point. Clipped to a more appropriate place.

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#9.6 - Fri Jul 31, 2009 7:24 PM EDT

I've scolded them already Ben and Schnoo, but we do have to remember they are Staff...

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#9.7 - Fri Jul 31, 2009 10:09 PM EDT

Mary-your brain child and as you know, we are all just Mary's Minions! :-)

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#9.8 - Mon Aug 3, 2009 3:29 PM EDT

I guess I don't understand why Newsvine would form this group when Mary and Hippie's group is already underway and quite popular. It serves the exact same purpose so why would you want to divide or take from the Good News Wednesday group?

Why would you take steal their group's limelight? Why would you do this? This seems awfully uncool.

I don't understand why there is no "allegiance" on Newsvine. I don't get it. I've noticed Newsvine is really sinking in depth due to its most recent decisions which I still question.

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#9.9 - Tue Aug 4, 2009 1:32 PM EDT

Susan, the way I see it is that MSNBC has formed a page called Wonderful World. On it they have clipped stories they consider good news. Also on that page they have given us, the Good News Wednesday group a featured spot.

The stories they are putting there are coming from various pages on their site. Those stories may or may not be something that a Newsviner has seeded and added to our group. I don't feel like they are taking anything away from us, only adding another place for us to be seen.

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#9.10 - Tue Aug 4, 2009 1:53 PM EDT

I will trust your feelings on this.

I just don't want a fellow Viner to become collateral damage due to this new group, Wonderful World.

That's all.

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#9.11 - Tue Aug 4, 2009 3:11 PM EDT

I guess I don't understand why Newsvine would form this group when Mary and Hippie's group is already underway and quite popular.

Regarding the above quote from jsbach's comment #9.9:

Wonderful World provides us automatic access to numerous MSNBC and Associated Press "Good News" articles that often are not seeded to a group!

Thus it provides a wonderful increased emphasis on "Good News."

By the way, I have been fortunate enough to have some of my past "Good News" seeds to Newsvine picked up by MSNBC, which has generated many additional page views. I got a "Newsvine Link Love" e-mail about this Monday (August 3, 2009). That is likely true for many other "Good News" posters as well.

I consider more good news to definitely be "Good News." Wonderful World apparently will give additional exposure to some Good News Wednesday seeds and articles, as well as giving Newsviners another way to access "Good News" from MSNBC and the Associated Press.

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#9.12 - Wed Aug 5, 2009 10:13 AM EDT

What a great idea, Tyler. And, thank you for including GNW! We appreciate it. :)

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Reply#10 - Thu Jul 30, 2009 10:47 PM EDT

I sense that this is an attempt to censor truth as is! Not all news are "good", but good and bad must be told if we are ever to improve this world! America is in the grip of evil, and evil needs to be purged. Evil will not be purged as long as it is intentionally, by editorial policy, hidden under the bushel!

    Reply#11 - Fri Jul 31, 2009 2:46 AM EDT

    Desert Voice:

    a. Good News Wednesday (azsky13's brainchild) was developed based on a sense of utter despair because of the junk, lunacy, nastiness, etc. we were seeing on the vine before, during and even after the election-it was designed to be a 'port in the storm' for anyone that wanted to escape the downright hostility on a large part of the vine. As we now have 129 members, obviously there are others that feel similarly. Along with my fellow Administrators, Rottlady and Hippiechick, we ensure that the basic tenets of the group are followed at all times. One day a week, positive stories only in one group. MSNBC has recognized the value in this venture with their new Wonderful World Page.

    b. As to censorship, only the Aluminum Foil Hat Brigade would believe that. There is plenty of crappy stories about terrible things out there and they are easy for you to find. If you feel that your censorship argument has any merit, I would encourage you to start your own 'Bad News' Group or 'The Other Side of the Coin' Group (you have my permission to use the name as I just coined it).

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    #11.1 - Wed Aug 5, 2009 12:46 PM EDT

    Wow! This is really cool! Thanks Newsvine for the featured spot! I personally love reading good news, it's just about all I read anymore so this new page will be one of my favorites.

    Hey and thanks for the heads up, I was gone all day yesterday so I'm a little late.

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    Reply#12 - Fri Jul 31, 2009 8:49 AM EDT

    Good news for the good news!

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    Reply#13 - Fri Jul 31, 2009 11:04 AM EDT

    Nice! I could use a daily dose of good news.

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    Reply#14 - Fri Jul 31, 2009 12:11 PM EDT

    There's also a tag for good news: positive-news

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    Reply#15 - Fri Jul 31, 2009 5:12 PM EDT

    I love good news from other countries, its peoples, food, music and dance. Probably, more of cultural.

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    Reply#16 - Fri Jul 31, 2009 5:27 PM EDT

    Ooo, Ooo, I want to join, can I...can I..., sounds like fun!

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    Reply#17 - Sat Aug 1, 2009 6:23 PM EDT

    I just accepted you into the Good News Wednesday group, Welcome!

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    #17.1 - Sun Aug 2, 2009 12:09 PM EDT

    Um...just like the Sweeter Fennel group. 576 members strong and active sine November of 2006.

    This group is dedicated to providing inspirational stories and positive news. Take a break from ugly and depressing news.

    Should I just go ahead and delete the group? Seems like a duplication.

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    Reply#18 - Mon Aug 3, 2009 7:35 PM EDT


    I couldn't agree more! Why is Newsvine doing this? We have Sweeter Fennel, we have GNW and it's like Newsvine wants to divide and conquer.

    Course, I've seen their sense of integrity sink lower and lower.

    I shouldn't be surprised at what they are doing here. It stinks and there is no other way to describe it. I can't even vote this piece up.

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    #18.1 - Tue Aug 4, 2009 1:37 PM EDT

    Hmmm. Living under a rock, I wasn't aware of that situation. That is a good question. Is this a trend for news venues now, perhaps? Could it be that they are trying to highlight both Sweeter Fennell and GNW on the new feature, as well as make good news a 'section', so to speak?

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    #18.2 - Tue Aug 4, 2009 3:23 PM EDT

    Um...just like the Sweeter Fennel group. 576 members strong and active sine November of 2006.

    Please forgive my ignorance: I had not heard of the Sweeter Fennel group until reading the above quote from lauhal's comment #18! I just applied for membership!

    I have enjoyed the Good News Week. group formed in August 2008 and the Good News Wednesday group formed January of this year.

    I do hope Wonderful World will seek to give quality Newsvine articles and seeds prominent placement equivalent to the MSNBC and Associated Press articles. Of course that is up to MSNBC.

    I am joyous to see more emphasis on Good News!

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    #18.3 - Wed Aug 5, 2009 9:36 AM EDT

    Should I just go ahead and delete the group?

    Regarding the above quote from lauhal's comment #18:

    Personally, I hope you will not delete the group yet. Groups provide a way to easily access many articles that are not as easily found elsewhere.

    Although Wonderful World is a fabulous addition to good news coverage, it may be a supplement rather than a replacement. Although there will be much overlap, my guess it that Wonderful World will center on MSNBC and Associated Press articles. I consider the additional exposure of Wonderful World (which has been on MSNBC for some time) to be an added blessing!

    There is an enormous amount of content on the web. Unfortunately, much of the "Good News" is reported on small websites or local weekly newspapers that may not have a website.

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    #18.4 - Wed Aug 5, 2009 9:49 AM EDT

    You can't delete groups yourself, not that I know of anyway.

    Even though Sweeter Fennel is still alive after 3+ years, I believe its exclusion, along with Good News Week, is a matter of prominence. They focus on one specific day and the members are especially dedicated. They're not just clipping their seeds/articles to relevant groups, they're seeding/writing specifically for the group. You can't say that about too many groups here and I can see it generating more traffic than your average Newsvine group.

    The GNW crew deserve their props. The other related groups haven't had the same impact.

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    #18.5 - Wed Aug 5, 2009 3:40 PM EDT

    Thanks Ben and James for your positive comments.

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    #18.6 - Wed Aug 5, 2009 3:58 PM EDT

    Just seems pointless to have the overlap. Plus, I don't think anyone was taking a thing away from Az's group. They certainly deserve their props.

    Newsvine is excited to announce Wonderful World, a community hub where 'good news' stories from both the Wire and the Vine will be featured.

    This group is dedicated to providing inspirational stories and positive news. Take a break from ugly and depressing news.

    Even the descriptions are similar. I just think it's pointless to maintain Sweeter Fennel when Wonderful World is there.

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    #18.7 - Wed Aug 5, 2009 4:07 PM EDT

    I'm making an icky face.

    I certainly won't advocate specifically for the dismantling of Sweeter Fennel, but a lot of the older groups are merely categorization and tools of promotion. I can guess that revamping them into something more is going to be difficult, if not impossible, and probably utterly pointless. I would think it better to start anew.

    The question becomes "Do we need categorization groups or are they moot?" If it's moot, have it deleted, though I suspect you'll get a few objections.

    Anyways, I sort of view this a "generational" thing. You've laid the groundwork, it's up to the next group to build upon. I would take some pride in that. :)

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    #18.8 - Wed Aug 5, 2009 4:59 PM EDT

    The Wonderful World seems like a wonderful idea!

    I have enjoyed reading a few articles on the Wonderful World section of MSNBC's world news section. But it is not featured prominently on MSNBC's website -- at least it hasn't been so far.

    It is a great addition to the Good News Wednesday group and the Good News Week. group.

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    Reply#19 - Wed Aug 5, 2009 9:24 AM EDT

    could you at least be honest about it? Are we that stupid that we don't recognize "Good News" as camoflogue for chritianity? Why don't you just cut to the chase and call it Jesus News? Oh wait, that might reveal a bias...


      Reply#20 - Mon Aug 17, 2009 7:12 PM EDT

      There are numerous "Good News" articles that do not mention Christianity or any religious faith, eric harger.

      However, I do think that those who experience "miracles" often do thank God. And many "Good News" stories do involve "miracles" that happen to benefit humans or animals.

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      #20.1 - Mon Aug 17, 2009 7:38 PM EDT

      eric: as one who may have written the most gnw articles and also a unitarian universalist who doesnt even believe in god from week to week i'm offended by your comment.

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      #20.2 - Tue Aug 18, 2009 8:19 PM EDT

      It was obvious to me that Eric had never looked at any of the articles in the Good News Wednesday group or he would not have made that comment. I didn't feel it necessary to justify the group for him.

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      #20.3 - Tue Aug 18, 2009 10:29 PM EDT

      Excellent response Elizabeth!

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      #20.4 - Wed Aug 19, 2009 2:20 PM EDT

      What Mary said!

      Good one Rott.

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      #20.5 - Thu Aug 20, 2009 11:25 AM EDT


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      #20.6 - Thu Aug 20, 2009 12:16 PM EDT

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      When the child saw his father.....with painful eyes he asked, 'Dad when will my fingers grow back?' The man was so hurt and speechless; he went back to his car and kicked it a lot of times.

      Devastated by his actions..... .sitting in front of that car he looked at the scratches; the child had written 'LOVE YOU DAD'.

      The next day that man committed suicide. . .

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      Reply#21 - Tue Aug 18, 2009 10:42 AM EDT

      VentByPhoneDotCom, that story about the father and son can convey a nice lesson. Thanks for sharing it!

      Below is a link to one of many websites that contain it, referring to a 4-year-old boy in the version linked to.

      I love the quote below from your comment. I have read it in numerous places and even have it posted on a bulletin board on my wall. The copy I have credits Frank Outlaw as the author, but the website linked to (here: indicates that may not be the case.

      Watch your thoughts; they become words; watch your words; they become actions; watch your actions; they become habits; watch your habits they become character; watch your character; it becomes your destiny.

      Thanks VentByPhoneDotCom for those two marvelous quotes -- although to avoid plagiarism, it would have been great if you had provided links to your sources.

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      #21.1 - Tue Aug 18, 2009 12:02 PM EDT

      finally! thought of it a while ago. believed one day it would happen and here it is! thank you. this is a personal triumph for me. first step, in actually minimising, reducing pain and suffering in the world. well done!

      bad news can always be presented with the underlying promise that change into good ones are marching on! good begets good! hooray!

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      Reply#22 - Sat Aug 22, 2009 6:32 AM EDT

      While I am glad that someone has put in the effort for the good news vine...I think it will be a short discussion. In all actuality, ppl search for the bad news, for the gossip. Hopefully this will work out and be a success.

      As for eric harger youve made it sound like its all a Jesus news. Wonder what your soul is really thinking, and I wonder how much you hate my comment.

      I think that good news of any kind is good for ppl. Religion and politics. What a combo. BAM!

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      Reply#23 - Tue Aug 25, 2009 2:41 AM EDT

      Great idea, looking forward to it.

        Reply#24 - Mon Aug 31, 2009 10:51 AM EDT

        Yippee! I can't wait to share all the cute stories and happy news about my cats.

        Just kidding, but great idea.

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        Reply#25 - Mon Sep 7, 2009 1:57 PM EDT

        We love stories about pets for Good News Wednesday.

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        #25.1 - Mon Sep 7, 2009 6:16 PM EDT

        I love stories on animals!

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        #25.2 - Wed Sep 9, 2009 12:09 AM EDT
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