ivoh weekly digest, Sept. 18
View this email in your browser
(Click the "display images below" link to see photos in this newsletter.)
A story featuring this mother & daughter recently appeared in The Optimist, a Washington Post newsletter. Photo taken by Bill O’Leary & used with permission.

New Washington Post newsletter delivers optimism to readers' inboxes

By: Mike Wallberg

A collection of stories that's part feel-good, part success-against-all-odds, The Optimist aims to find stories of hope and what the homepage dubs “pluck.”

“It’s an artisanal, made-with-love weekly mix that might bear some similarities to that of a show such as ‘CBS Sunday Morning,’” said David Beard, Optimist editor and the Post's director of digital content. “Our hope is that it offers a reflective, inspiring experience that will help readers consider new things and gear up for the week ahead.”

And yes, there is a permanent online home for the weekly stories, although both the email and Web access are available only to Post digital subscribers.

It’s been just over a week since the weekly newsletter made its debut, but already Beard is, well, optimistic.

“We published it for the first time [last] Sunday,” he told ivoh via email. “We were really excited to see how popular it was, with a very high open rate. And people went deep, from story to story. It may help that it appeared after a summer of unrelenting news from places like Ferguson, Gaza, and Ukraine.”

The Optimist is only the latest in a series of email newsletters to come out of Beard’s team. The curated collections are sourced from the thousands of stories filed weekly by Post staffers, and they cover everything from politics to sports to business to entertainment.

“We’re focusing topics with the customer in mind – saving them time by gathering the topics they expressed an interest in,” Beard wrote. “The hope here is that our readers will begin to rely on – and look forward to -- our topics, such as The Optimist. Is that optimistic?”

What sets The Optimist apart from its Post peers, and the deluge of gloom that so often defines newsworthiness in the wider media landscape, is its focus on the good that people are committing in the world.

“Day to day, the bad news often seems to dominate," Beard said. "But we’ve got plenty of hopeful, ambitious, look-ahead-to-the-future stories."

Click here to read the full story on

Haven't had a chance to visit this week? You can read our latest stories here ... 

Esquire partners with three ad agencies to create campaigns that encourage mentorship
War photographer embeds himself in a video game
Maria Popova: 'A great story invites an expansion of understanding'

Donate to ivoh & help change media for the better
Google Plus
Google Plus

Copyright © *2014* *Images & Voices of Hope* All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:
The Peace Studio
19 West 21st Street
Suite 501
New York, New York 10010

Add us to your address book

unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences 

Know of others who might like to receive this email newsletter? Feel free to send them this sign-up link.