This article appeared in the February 21, 2020 edition of the Monitor Daily.

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For Harry and Meghan, finally some good news

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Britain’s Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, gives a speech as his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, looks on during a visit to the Youth Employment Services Hub in Tembisa township, near Johannesburg, South Africa, Oct. 2, 2019. Since distancing themselves from the royal family, the couple has been using their influence on social media to highlight uplifting news and projects.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry only follow one account on Instagram. No, it isn’t the social media site for Netflix’s series “The Crown.” The couple already have enough royal drama in their life. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are highlighting Global Positive News, whose Instagram posts feature items such as “Greyhound reunites runaway teens with their families” and “The Coral Gardeners are rebuilding dying coral reefs by hand.” 

In January, the couple explained that they’re highlighting accounts “that remind us of all the good that is happening in the world.” Given that Prince Harry has accused the tabloid press of bullying Ms. Markle, it’s not surprising that the couple is keen to focus on uplifting news. But they’re also recognizing a growing appetite for it. Websites such as Positive News, The Optimist Daily, and Good News Network offer an alternative to doom-and-gloom sensationalism. The New York Times, MSNBC, and Fox also include silos that focus on instances of kindness, bravery, and goodwill. 

The Monitor, too, shines a light on the abundant activity of good in the world. At the same time, we don’t shy away from difficult stories. But we strive to counter undue fear and hopelessness because we believe that understanding the world’s problems and possibilities moves us toward solutions. 

That spirit will be on display on Tuesday, Feb. 25 at 5pm EST, when the Monitor’s Washington bureau chief, Linda Feldmann, will moderate a panel discussion “Facts, Fake News, and the Media.” Panelists include New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman and Fox News correspondent Chris Wallace. Those who cannot attend in person can watch the Common Ground Committee event live.

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This article appeared in the February 21, 2020 edition of the Monitor Daily.

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