CNN has developed an ongoing feature to honor people who are making a positive difference in their communities and the world around them. The feature, CNN Heroes, is driven by nominations submitted to CNN.com by the general public.
Features like these highlight a key strength of television news and the Internet. By promoting such stories and the people behind them CNN has set an inspirational tone that may inspire others to similar acts of everyday heroism.
So far, the featured heroes' stories have focused on individuals who embody values like personal responsibility, generosity, entrepreneurship, and care for their fellow man. Some of the heroes featured by CNN include:
Dr. Randy Christensen, who travels the streets of
According to the CNN Web site, nominations for heroes will be continually taken (http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2007/cnn.heroes/) throughout the year and the most outstanding entries will be recognized in a broadcast hosted in December by CNN's Anderson Cooper. CNN is also archiving the stories on the CNN Web site, creating a “repository of good news” which is increasingly hard to find.