A Bright Light in Dark Times

How a monthly magazine inspired a community with positive stories.

The way news is reported has changed significantly in recent decades. More and more of the media we consume is saturated with negativity — and we can access it 24/7. In the midst of all the uncertainty, fear and isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic, the news took an even greater toll on our mental health. How do we break the cycle of negative news?

The solution.

Even during unprecedented times, Exchange Media Group knew there was still much good in the world. We set out to create a publication, in Shelbyville, TN, focused on sharing only positive and uplifting stories. Through reader submissions, we highlighted local individuals, business stories, sports teams, events, things to do, recipes, and more.

The Results


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I am so loving this magazine! Helps Bedford County step out there in the public eye! Love it and is so professional!

– Julie Wells Sanders

Such an enjoyable and informative publication!

– Mickey McLean

Love this publication! I learn something new about people and places in our community with each issue. Magazine truly lives up to its name.

– Pam Fisher

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