SLN Watch

033577719-tornado-damage-severe-stormJoplin, Miss., after the May 22, 2011 Joplin EF-5 (greater than 200 mph) tornado. A large portion of Joplin was devastated during the tornado resulting in 158 fatalities and over a thousand injuries in the Joplin area. The Joplin tornado is the deadliest since modern record keeping began in 1950 and is ranked 7th among the deadliest tornadoes in U.S. history. Photo: Dustie Meads. Information: National Weather Service, Springfield, Mo., Weather Forecast Office.

Whether its crimes, accidents or natural disasters, the media initially hits these events hard, repeating the stories several times a day on 24-hour news channels. The coverage eventually tapers down and the more time passes, the less you hear about the events or the outcomes. Some outlets will visit these types of events on anniversaries and sometimes those stories reveal a silver lining. But otherwise, many stories are abandoned for the next headline grabber.

At SLN, though, we believe the more things settle down after unfortunate events, the more we can find unique perspectives that will emerge from them. That’s where SLN  comes in; we are watching for the stories outside all of the dust and noise. We believe there’s value in being a watch-dog to society in that space as much as the space where other media keeps reacting. SLN remains committed to a focus that is primarily responsive rather than hyper-reactive, and when something happens, we will watch and deliver the silver linings when they emerge. Click On Our Watch now to see that good things truly do come to those who wait.

Also, now and then, there are some great examples of shoe-leather reporting that uncovered a silver lining in and we are on the watch for those stories as well. Click Silver Linings in the Press now to read the silver linings shining through around the world.