The secrets to fast writing & powerful storytelling

I recently gave a talk at this year’s Online News Association (ONA) conference, which attracts about 2,500 journalists from around the world. I led a talk on fast writing and powerful storytelling and also taught the session to a journalism class at the Moody College of Communication at the University of Texas at Austin, whereContinue reading “The secrets to fast writing & powerful storytelling”

Break Form: Making stories with and for communities

Community-driven stories hold power — to reveal hidden truths, activate public discourse, and create positive social change. They feed the soul, providing emotional and intellectual sustenance. They help us understand, and in some cases celebrate, differences. Now more than ever, we need stories that give us a window into people and cultures that are differentContinue reading “Break Form: Making stories with and for communities”

New research shows journalistic support for Restorative Narrative

A new study conducted by three professors from around the country has found that journalists are telling stories within the Restorative Narrative framework and have favorable attitudes toward the genre. The study used data from a sample of more than 1,300 daily newspaper journalists in the U.S. and explored their familiarity with and attitude towardContinue reading “New research shows journalistic support for Restorative Narrative”

The media’s ‘failure’ presents an opportunity in the aftermath of Trump’s presidential win

Now more than ever, we need stories that will bring us together rather than pulling us farther apart. The media has an opportunity to bring to light these stories and redeem itself after what some are calling an “epic” failure this election season. The media, many say, missed the story and “blew it” by not taking Trump voters seriously enough. TheContinue reading “The media’s ‘failure’ presents an opportunity in the aftermath of Trump’s presidential win”

As tragic news unfolds around the world, media has an opportunity to be a force for good

When news organizations first started sending out mobile push alerts, I jumped at the chance to sign up. The ability to receive alerts on my phone, in real time, gave me a rush as a news junkie. Lately, though, I’ve seriously considered deactivating them. In recent weeks, they’ve delivered updates about shootings, stabbings, and bombings. The jarringContinue reading “As tragic news unfolds around the world, media has an opportunity to be a force for good”

10 tips for media practitioners covering tragedies & Restorative Narratives

What do communities need from media in the aftermath of tragedy? We explored this question at length during ivoh’s Restorative Narrative Colloquium and Retreat last weekend. The event brought together a group of about 40 media practitioners, educators, psychologists, and others interested in the impact that Restorative Narratives can have on people and communities. OneContinue reading “10 tips for media practitioners covering tragedies & Restorative Narratives”

Orlando Sentinel focuses on community healing in wake of tragedy

The Orlando Sentinel is taking an unconventional approach to today’s front page in the wake of the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. Instead of featuring a news article about the casualties, the Sentinel published a front-page editorial that looks at how the local community is coming together to remember those affected by a tragedy that killed 49 people andContinue reading “Orlando Sentinel focuses on community healing in wake of tragedy”

11 guiding questions for journalists pursuing Restorative Narratives

Images & Voices of Hope’s Restorative Narrative Fellows met last weekend at The Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Fla., to share updates on their projects, seek feedback from their coach Jacqui Banaszynski, and deconstruct the Restorative Narrative genre. The fellows — who are part of ivoh’s second Restorative Narrative Fellowship — are pursuing storytelling projectsContinue reading “11 guiding questions for journalists pursuing Restorative Narratives”

Exploring the impact of Restorative Narrative

In recent years, “impact” has become a buzzword in the nonprofit world as funders emphasize the need for NGOs to demonstrate that their work is having a positive effect. Impact is no doubt important, but it can be difficult to measure, especially when it comes to media. Stories can affect people on a deeply personal level, but the creatorsContinue reading “Exploring the impact of Restorative Narrative”

Mother who lost daughter writes about resilience & the ‘slow awakening’ of hope

In 2015, Images & Voices of Hope spent a lot of time exploring Restorative Narratives‘ role in news stories. As we look ahead to 2016, we’re interested in learning more about how this genre can play out in various types of media and story forms. Along these lines, we were recently drawn to a personal essay, “Dear Kate,” which embodies many of theContinue reading “Mother who lost daughter writes about resilience & the ‘slow awakening’ of hope”