It’s not often the TV news gets a round of applause.
But it’s not often the newsreader sings the bulletin.
That’s what Jess Sage decided to do for The Lunchbox, the TV magazine programme created by second-year Journalism students at Coventry University.
It could only feature “good news” stories, though, she said: “The stories had to be positive because it wouldn’t be appropriate to sing negative stories.
“I Googled ‘positive news’ because on the BBC you’re not going to get a lot of positivity.
“I just put them in line with the chords I’d written.”
Jess came up with the idea for second edition of The Lunchbox programme, the magazine-style show created as part of the BA Journalism course at Coventry University.
“I thought, ‘What can I do that no one’s done yet?’ I thought yes, I’ll write a song but combine it with the news. It all came together and I quite enjoyed it.”
Jess sang about a baby whose leukaemia had disappeared following cell treatment, rapper Nelly paying to send students to college to get them off the streets, and a couple who asked their wedding gifts to perform acts of kindness instead of giving presents.
It ends (with the chords):
C Em G Em
In other news, everyone, the driest desert in the world is covered in flowers
A couple’s wedding invitation told guests to perform random acts of kindness
The answer is in front of us; show some love throughout the world
If it’s good news that you want, then go out now and spread the word.
Raisa Ismail, the programme editor, said: “I think it’s really fun and really creative, which is what The Lunchbox is supposed to be about.
“It definitely adds a cool edge to the show and it’s a happy way to do the news. It’s a good idea for teenagers – it’ll probably stick more and they’ll end up singing it during the day.”
Other items in the show include the Mobo awards, a nacho-eating challenge, a review of the Belgrade Theatre’s show about the Coventry blitz, Flare Path, and social media trending items.
It’ll appear on this website soon after recording.