Karachi Dec. 23rd: Goodnews.pk, Pakistan’s favorite web portal for positive and uplifting news, won the Best Agent of Change category at the Pakistan Blog Awards 2011. For almost two years, the site has been working to promote the more positive side of Pakistan to counteract negativity that usually steals the headlines.
In 2010 CIO Pakistan got together with Google Pakistan to present the First Annual Pakistan Blog Awards highlighting those who have helped put Pakistan on the global blogosphere. This years Awards were the second of their kind. A medical student attending the event was quoted as saying: “I am so so happy that Goodnews.pk won this award today. I am a regular reader and avid fan of the website. When I first stumbled across it, I kept scrolling and scrolling till I reached the bottom. I must have read about 50 news stories that day.”
Goodnews.pk has increasingly gotten attention from the international media like The Wall Street Journal, Al-Jazeera and Columbia Journalism Review, who see a fresh new perspective on a country that is often highly misrepresented in the global arena. But for the Founders, Mahmood and Majid Mirza, there is still a lot of work to be done. “Winning the award is an amazing boost for us” said Majid Mirza “But we hope it will give us the exposure and credibility to get support and sponsorships for larger and more impactful initiatives that we are planning.” One of these includes an alternative news channel called TGN TV on Youtube which will provide a platform for Pakistan’s citizen journalists. Goodnews can be found on the url: http://www.goodnews.pk as well as the Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/goodnewspakistan