Founded in 2007 by Charlotte Squire, Happyzine’s purpose is to inspire positive social and environmental change via solutions focused journalism.
Solutions journalism is rigorous and compelling reporting on responses to social and environmental problems.
Happyzine founder Charlotte Squire
Happyzine founder Charlotte Squire believes in the power of the positive! She has been a solutions focused reporter for the past sixteen years, writing for leading newspapers, magazines and websites worldwide. She has run happyzine.co.nz for eight years. Most recently, before child number two appeared, she was a daily reporter for Fairfax Media as a general news reporter. Much of her work has focused upon environmental sustainability. In her spare time she enjoys family life, spends time with friends and plays folk rock music with her band Mohua Sun.
More profiles of Happyzine’s local good news reporters coming soon.
Here’s a short introduction to solutions focused journalism:
Here’s a 90 second video (thanks to the Regeneration crew), about Charlotte Squire, the founder of Happyzine. It was shot a few years ago now, but it’s a great way to meet Charlotte and get a feel for the early roots of Happyzine.
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Happyzine has three key purposes
1. Inspire and update public with stories of proven, credible social and environmental development
2. Educate present and future generations about sustainable design and development
3. Influence policy makers by providing models of development that are actively drawing community together, and/or helping earth’s ecology to thrive.