In an interview with Press Gazette, Phillips speaks about the plans as part of the publisher’s ‘Mirror more hopeful’ manifesto
Phillips explains: “It’s not just about writing happy-clappy stories – although I do think it’s important that we tell stories of hopefulness and positivity as much as more negative stories.
“It’s also about within even the most difficult stories… looking beneath the surface at, okay, where could there be some seeds of positivity? So, on a topic like Covid or racism in football, it’s looking at what are the potential solutions that could…make this a better situation.”
She adds: “That might be looking at how something’s done abroad or in certain communities. A lot of it is about giving people the belief things can be better – and giving them the tools with which they can help make things better.”
In June, the Mirror launched ‘1000 acts of kindness’ as part of ‘Mirror more hopeful’. The campaign honoured the “extraordinary…acts of kindness” that people from across the country had carried out over recent difficult times.
Speaking then about the project, Phillips commented: “[We are] celebrating the people around the UK who have made the country a better place this year, from fundraising schoolchildren to vaccination volunteers to neighbours who have gone the extra mile.
“For us, this is not just one campaign but the start of a more constructive kind of journalism.”