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I’m the Executive Director of Images & Voices of Hope (ivoh), a media nonprofit. In this role, I’m responsible for the overall growth and success of ivoh. I oversee 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 have grown significantly.
I have also been 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 iteration. I’ve been helping media practitioners tell these narratives and have shown how they offer up a more holistic and balanced approach to media coverage that focuses solely on trauma and tragedy.
Over the past couple of years, I’ve spoken about Restorative Narrative at the University of Oregon, the University of Missouri, New York University, and Florida International University — higher-ed institutions that are all interested in this genre’s affect on the media.
Prior to joining ivoh, I was Interim Executive Editor and Managing Editor of The Poynter Institute’s media news site, Poynter.org. 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 was named a Mirror Award finalist for outstanding media reporting.
As time allows, I do freelance writing. 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 I 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 am now a new resident of the Austin, Texas, area. When I’m not working, I enjoy writing, reading, running and, most of all, spending time with my husband Troy and adorable toddler Madelyn. You can reach me at email@example.com and find me on Twitter at @MallaryTenore.