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By: Emma Knight | WAN-IFRA

Sparknews, launched in Paris on May 31, is a self-described “social start-up” designed to harness the power of journalism to spark positive change in the world.

If that sentence had you reaching for your idealism-dimming goggles, think again. “We’re not talking about ‘good news’ journalism, like the prince’s wedding or ‘today a baby panda was born in a zoo,’ ” specified Sparknews founder Christian de Boisredon, in a phone interview. “There are websites where they only deal with good news, and why not? But that’s not our target…we are interested in concrete solutions.”

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