Monday, March 5, 2012

South Asian Good News Contest

The objective of South Asian Good News Channel is to spread happiness – to spread the news about good things that are happening in the SAARC region.  South Asia is a beautiful region where each country can get inspiration from other South Asian country. We want to spread this message in a play-way though a contest.

[For those who don't know, SAGNC is a social media channel which shares 'good' news from the SA region. Check out the Facebook like to get an idea about the channel -]

Objective: To post an article on the SAGNC wall about good things happening in the SAARC region

1.       The post should be a link to a news article or a blog post or a website
2.       The news should be ‘good news'
'Good News' are news about:
a.        Grass-root development and innovation
b.       Citizen’s initiative
c.        Acts of kindness
d.       Inter-community harmony
e.       International peace initiatives
f.         Green initiatives
g.        People welfare

'Good News' shouldn’t be about
a.        Criticizing other nation, community, religion
b.       Calamity, Accidents, Death, Riots, terrorist attacks
c.        Corruption
d.       Anything that is offensive
e.       A film star dating another one.
3.       Go through the SAGN Facebook Page to get an idea of what constitutes ‘good news’. An example of a good news post:

SA GOOD NEWS CONTEST: Dhanam, like millions of rural women across India, is a housewife first and bread-earner second. And just like those other women, making some extra money after finishing the housework would greatly improve her family’s lifestyle.
For this 38-year-old living in the outskirts of Coimbatore, the low-cost sanitary napkin maker designed by A Muruganantham is a boon. Working for a comfortable 6-7 hours daily, Dhanam makes close to 400 pads, supplementing her family income by Rs 3,000 per month, which is going towards her daughter’s college fees.
4.       We understand that there is a lot of subjectivity involved and there is a huge ‘grey’ area – in the definition of ‘good news’. But there, definitely, are clear ‘white’ areas – news that are definitely good. We are looking for those news items only
5.       You may write explanatory text giving a brief about the news article in the post
6.       The post should start with the following phrase - ‘SA GOOD NEWS CONTEST:”
7.       The news posted will be moderated. Links that are not ‘good news’ articles will be deleted by the moderators without any intimation
8.       The decision of the moderators will be final
9.       You can post more than one good news article. There is no upper limit.

Go to and like the page. Only participants who ‘like’ the page will be considered for the contest 

Selection Process:
1.       For each participant a ‘score’ will be computed as the sum of ‘shares’ of all the posts posted by that person
2.       Person with the highest score will be the winner.
3.       For e.g., if you posted 2 articles through two different posts such that the first article was shared by 20 people and the second was shared by 36 people, then your total score is 20+36 = 56. 

1.       The contest is open from 5th March till 20th March 2012 23:59:59 IST
2.       The score for each participant will be computed for his activities till 15th March 23:59:59 IST
3.       It is advisable that you post the link to the good news articles as early as possible to let your friends and theirs and theirs enough time to share the news.
1.       The person to win the contest would win so because his posts have been shared (and possibly read) by the highest number of people. This spreading of happiness in the form of good news is the biggest reward.
2.       A customized goodie! (Only if the winner is based out of India)

In case you need any other information please feel free to contact us at
Let’s show the world and more importantly start believing ourselves that our SAARC region is amazing and there are a lot of good things happening!


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