Thursday, April 23, 2009

Note to Media – Please Give Us Positive News

I started yelling at the radio this morning while fixing my coffee.
The announcer on KJZZ, a Phoenix area NPR station, was talking about conditions in the Phoenix market and said "as the recession deepens…" and it just irked me. I expect higher standard of news from public radio and public TV, not some pessimistic drivel.

I know that pessimistic news sells, but the public is tired of constant negativity. Give us some good stuff please! Instead of stories about people who are down and out, give us a story about people who are taking matters into their own hands and pulling themselves up and out of being laid off, out of losing their homes.

Instead of stories about how foreclosures are affecting families, how about a story about families who are now buying their first home.

Instead of stories about people laid off, how about stories of people who started their own business after being laid off.

Lately there are more positive indicators that need attention. Two months ago I went to a Happy Hour at Rock Bottom with 3 friends. The place was practically deserted on a Friday. Last week I went again with my husband and it was packed. The market is slowly moving up again, interest rates are low, and consumers are heading back to the stores, albeit slowly.

What we don't need right now is any extra adjectives added to the word "recession." The recession is NOT deepening.

Give us some positive news!

Suzanne Muusers
Business Coach for Entrepreneurs and Independent Financial Advisors

No comments: