Look on the BRIGHT side

elcome to the new and improved BRIGHT Magazine!

Helina Selemon
Nov 6, 2017 · 5 min read

Think “international development” is boring? Did we lose you at “social issues journalism?” Fall asleep at the sound of “value-added education technology?”

Yeah, we’re not that kind of magazine.

If you’ve ever wondered why stories about social issues are so often jargon-fueled, dull, and homogenous, you’ve come to the right place.

We want to tell stories about health, education, and social impact that are fresh and wildly creative. Stories that answer questions you never knew you had, that treat people with dignity first. Stories that aren’t told by the usual suspects. Stories that pass the “Aunt Myrtle” test — would your hypothetical elderly aunt be able to appreciate our work? Most importantly, we want to tell stories that feel cautiously optimistic, and that might inspire empathy and action.

These aren’t just words; it’s how we hope to operate in the world. As always, we ask that you hold us accountable. Tell us (on Facebook and Twitter) what you’d like to see us cover, especially if it’s an issue or perspective that everyone else seems to be missing. If we ever miss the mark, let us know.

Next week, we’re thrilled to be launching BRIGHT Magazine’s first themed issue: calamity.

Illustration by Wesley Merritt

We’re going to meet emergency ambulatory volunteers in Laos, explore the disappearance of German midwives, meet “Facebook humanitarians,” and much more.

We don’t want you to miss it, so stay tuned, and share with a friend.

— Sarika Bansal, Editor-in-Chief, BRIGHT Magazine


Quote of the week

What We’re Consuming

Tell us what you’re reading, too, on Facebook or Twitter.

Should Teachers Talk Trump In Class?

By Ruben Brosbe​ for BRIGHT

The pressure for teachers to remain politically neutral comes at a time when political polarization is worsening and as Americans are segregating themselves into redder and bluer communities.

INTERACTIVE: Passport Index

By Arton Capital

Arton Capital came up with this an interactive tool “which collects, displays and ranks the passports of the world.”

In Haiti, A Building That Heals

By John Cary for BRIGHT

The story of how a few architects worked with the Caribbean country to address its sudden cholera outbreak. Excerpted from DESIGN FOR GOOD.

What Happens When Vaccines Are Stolen? A Meningitis Outbreak.

By Patrick Egwu for BRIGHT

Over a million doses of meningitis C vaccine have been sent to Nigeria to help with an alarming outbreak, but fewer than 100 patients have received the vaccines for free. This year’s meningitis outbreak in Nigeria has taken over 1,000 lives, but it could have been partially prevented if vaccine supplies had not been stolen from the communities they were intended to protect.

Striking Photos Of The Ballet Program Bringing Strength To One Of Africa’s Biggest Slums

By Katherine Brooks and Chris McGonigal for HuffPost

Breathtaking images captured by Fredrik Lerneryd after spending a year and a half photographing ballet dancers in Kibera, a neighborhood of Nairobi.

A Nairobi photographer captures the “beauty in the mayhem” of Kenya’s rainy season

By Lilly Kuo for Quartz

“When it rains in Nairobi, it gets crazy,” Ndung’u says.


Daylight Savings Time ends this Sunday! As those of you in the 70 countries that observe this bizarre tradition set your clocks back an hour, here are three weird time zone facts:

  • Did you know that India has one national time zone, on the half hour (UTC +5:30)? It used to have two (Bombay time and Calcutta time), but the Indian government retired them in 1955 after its independence from the British. While this helps streamline the country’s enormous rail schedule, it means that the sun rises as early as 4am in northeast India. (Source)
  • Nepal’s time zone is 15 minutes ahead of India. Parts of Australia and New Zealand are also on the 15-minute schedule. I’m sure that confuses nobody? (Source)
  • Prior to 1949, China had five time zones. Now it has one official one: Beijing Standard Time. In western China, people often observe two times — an unofficial local time as well as the official Chinese time. (Source)


Here’s how some of you had to say about us:

We couldn’t let you go without saying…

Thanks for all the shout-outs this week! Special thanks to the people who knew and supported Honeyguide Media (The Development Set and Bright), we’re grateful and excited about what’s in store!

Helina Selemon

Written by

Research adjunct lecturer, health/science/multimedia journalist, @cunyjschool alum.

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