Falsity travels like wildfire. A 2018 MIT study examined Twitter from 2006 through 2017 and found that true stories took about six times as long as false stories to reach 1 500 people. The top 1% of false stories were often shared by 1 000 to 100 000 people, while true stories were seldom shared by more than 1 000 people. (Makes sharing Good News stories really tricky ) (https://nyti.ms/2PSbIie)
The replacement of natural fynbos vegetation with pine plantations in the Southern Cape in South Africa significantly increased the severity of the 2017 Knysna wildfires. It is estimated that pine trees have invaded more than 90% of the Garden Route National Park’s fynbos vegetation at various densities. In June 2017, the Knysna fires burned 14 958 hectares, of which one third comprised natural vegetation. Of the land in the altered category, 52% were commercial plantations of invasive alien trees and 26% was other land invaded by alien plants. (http://bit.ly/2AZoOlk)
NOTICE TO OUR SUBSCRIBERS:
After 16 years of being our anchor sponsor FNB has decided to discontinue their sponsorship effective January 31 2019. First I’d like to thank FNB for their resolute support over this time. Second, if there are subscribers who would like to submit proposals as to how we can keep www.sagoodnews.co.za going that would be most welcome. I have a number of proposals out in the marketplace, but times are tough.
My dream would be to have a dozen or so aspirant freelance journalists located around the country who could write their stories contributing to our mission of “a balanced and informed narrative providing hope for our future”. I would like to be able to mentor and coach their writing skills and pay them decently if their articles are published. Clearly, I need resources to do this
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Please mail me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have a serious proposal.