Joel News was launched in January 1997, in the early days of the internet, by Dutch journalist Mark Wood.*
He noticed that most news covered in the mainstream media is predominantly negative or trivial. It's about wars, conflicts and the hypes of the day. The Christian media weren't doing much better. They typically covered theological disputes, political issues and promotional articles for all kinds of activities in the Christian subculture. He wondered: where is the good news?
* translated into English