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I’m the Assistant Director of the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas at the University of Texas at Austin. The Center offers online courses to journalists around the world; publishes a trilingual blog focused on media in Latin America; and holds an annual international symposium on online journalism (ISOJ), among other things. I joined the Center in the summer of 2017 and help oversee the Center’s staff, grants, projects, and events.
Previously, I was Executive Director of Images & Voices of Hope (ivoh), a media nonprofit. I oversaw fundraising, partnership development, event management, community engagement, and the organization’s website and social media presence. Under my leadership, ivoh’s online presence and overall reach grew significantly.
While at ivoh, I was instrumental in developing what’s become a nationally recognized storytelling genre called Restorative Narrative — stories that show how people and communities are making a meaningful progression from despair to resilience. The genre resonates with my belief that the media can play a powerful role in connecting communities, restoring hope, and giving people a reason to care about social issues. I created ivoh’s first-ever Restorative Narrative Fellowship program in 2015 and also developed its second and third iterations.
Prior to joining ivoh, I was Interim Executive Editor and Managing Editor of The Poynter Institute’s media news site, Poynter.org. While at Poynter, I wrote and edited stories about the media industry — both breaking news pieces and best practices pieces. My reporting and social media presence were recognized multiple times during my tenure at the institute. In 2013, I was named one of the top 50 female innovators in digital journalism. In 2012, I was featured on a list of the top 100 Twitter accounts every journalism student should follow, and I was named a Mirror Award finalist for outstanding media reporting.
As time allows, I write freelance pieces and personal essays. Most recently, I co-authored a public media report called “Break Form: Making stories with and for the people,” which was published on The American Press Institute’s website and led by the Association of Independents in Radio (AIR).
I graduated with honors from Providence College in 2007 and earned a certificate in nonprofit management from Duke University in 2015. I grew up outside of Boston, lived in St. Petersburg, FL, for 10 years and now live near Austin, Texas, with my husband, 2-year-old daughter and 1-year-old son. You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org and find me on Twitter at @MallaryTenore.