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”

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”

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”

WBUR’s Kind World series shows power of small acts of kindness

When he started his job as a social media producer at WBUR, Nate Goldman had negative news fatigue. A lot of us have probably experienced it: the feeling that news stories are too heavy and make the world seem cold and callous. Goldman saw stories about violence, crime and despair on news sites. But while on socialContinue reading “WBUR’s Kind World series shows power of small acts of kindness”

Upworthy’s most popular stories show desire for uplifting, serious content

Research shows that people are increasingly sharing upbeat content on social networks. But “upbeat,” it turns out, doesn’t necessarily mean “happy-go-lucky” in the world of social media sharing. Upworthy, a site that publishes uplifting content and generates millions of social shares, found that some of its most popular stories in 2013 were about heavy topics like economic inequality,Continue reading “Upworthy’s most popular stories show desire for uplifting, serious content”

Drawbacks of some upbeat stories that get shared, go viral

With the emergence of sites like BuzzFeed and Upworthy, there’s been an interesting shift in the type of content people want to share. Recent research shows that people now gravitate toward — and share — upbeat stories. Much of this has to do with social media. Time Magazine’s Eliana Dockterman wrote in August: Researchers are discovering thatContinue reading “Drawbacks of some upbeat stories that get shared, go viral”

Why there’s reason to be optimistic about journalism’s future

In recent years, there have been countless stories about layoffs and budget cuts at news organizations, making it seem like the future of journalism is bleak. As 2013 drew to a close, though, I was struck by how many articles painted a more optimistic picture of journalism’s future. Caroline Little, CEO CEO of the NewspaperContinue reading “Why there’s reason to be optimistic about journalism’s future”