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Join us this Friday for a Hangout on the Venezuela protests with our team in Caracas reporting on the latest events. 

Venezuela is going through an economic, political and social crisis which brought about thousands of citizens taking the streets to express their discontent. For more than a week, Venezuelans have been involved in mass protests that, until now, have caused five deaths, hundreds of injuries and hundreds have been imprisoned. 
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Join us tomorrow for a hangout live from Amman, Jordan. We will talk about the 4th Arab bloggers meeting.
Join GV veterans and colleagues for a special edition of GV Face, live from Amman, Jordan, where nearly 80 bloggers and activists from throughout the Arab region came together this week for the Fourth Arab Bloggers Meeting. After four days of training and discussion between bloggers, activists, musicians, rappers, teachers and scholars from across the region, there's plenty to talk about. 

Missing from the meeting were past attendees and community leaders Egyptian Alaa Abdel Fattah and Syrian Bassel Al Safadi, both in jail in their countries, along with many other colleagues in these and other countries in the region. GVers Advox Director Hisham Almiraat, GV MENA Region Editor Amira Al Hussaini, SMEX Co-Director Mohammed Najem and other guests will share with us their insights from this remarkable -- and at times, bittersweet -- event. 

Learn more about the meeting and read blog posts from throughout the week (in English and Arabic) on the #AB14 website: http://ab14.globalvoicesonline.org/
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Violent Conflict Erupts in South Sudan. Protesters Beaten, Arrested in Egypt. Communities Destroyed by Typhoon in Philippines. These are stories we believe are important. But what if it is all just too depressing?

At Global Voices, we are committed to shining light on the stories of people around the world. Like any media organization, we often focus on news of violence, political corruption and environmental disaster -- we feel tremendous compassion for people facing these hardships and want their stories to be heard. But there are times when even the team at GV would rather curl up with BuzzFeed's "40 Most Awkward Cats of 2013" than read grim tales from around the globe. As these kinds of stories flood daily news feeds, the world can seem like a pretty bad place. It can even make us feel helpless. But maybe it doesn't have to. 

What if the news could empower us to become more active citizens, to actually have an impact on the world? Is there a way to tell stories about events in the world, whether good or bad, where we can see stories in a positive light or offer readers ways to have an impact on difficult situations, even if they're happening halfway across the world? 

This week, we bid farewell to 2013 with an in-house edition of GVFace. GV co-founder Ethan Zuckerman and GV newsroom lead editors Solana Larsen and Sahar Habib Ghazi will talk with GV Advocacy Editor Ellery Roberts Biddle about the concept of "solutions journalism" and "good news". We'll discuss solutions journalism as it relates to traditional approaches to news coverage, changes in the media landscape, and our own practices here at GV. And we'll look at a few ways that news can not only inform but empower us to as citizens of the world and the Internet.

Additional Reading
Problem:
The psychological impact of negative TV news bulletins - 
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.2044-8295.1997.tb02622.x/abstract

The Evening's Bad News: Effects of Compelling Negative Television News Images on Memory - 
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1460-2466.1992.tb00776.x/abstract

Solution:
Innovating News Journalism through Positive Psychology
http://repository.upenn.edu/mapp_capstone/20/

Solutions Journalism - 
http://www.reportingonhealth.org/2013/03/03/can-%E2%80%98solutions-journalism%E2%80%99-change-world

http://skollworldforum.org/debate-post/why-we-need-solutions-journalism/

http://positivenews.org.uk/2012/culture/media/9085/news-doesnt-reflect-real-world-newsreader-martyn-lewis/
http://www.journalism.co.uk/news/why-local-media-site-one-other-is-pinning-future-on-solutions-journalism-/s2/a551766/

http://urbantimes.co/2012/10/martyn-lewis-solutions-driven-journalism-future-news/

http://solutionsjournalism.org/about/solutions-journalism-what-it-is-and-what-it-is-not/
http://www.niemanlab.org/2012/12/a-new-mainstream-solutions-journalism/

A link from when this discussion started  10 years ago:
http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/not-my-idea-of-good-news-at-the-end-of-a-week-of-horrifying-events-martyn-lewis-bbc-presenter-argues-for-a-change-in-news-values-1457539.html
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Added photos to Advox at #IGF2013: Your Internet rights are at stake .
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