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”

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”

ivoh’s Restorative Narrative work featured in new book, ‘The Upside of Stress’

Looking for a new book to add to your Fall reading list? Consider Kelly McGonigal’s “The Upside of Stress: Why Stress is Good for You and How to Get Good at It,” which features a section on Images & Voices of Hope. McGonigal featured ivoh because of our work around Restorative Narrative — stories that showContinue reading “ivoh’s Restorative Narrative work featured in new book, ‘The Upside of Stress’”

Defining a new strength-based storytelling genre

The media has a profound impact on the way we see the world, how we interpret news events, and the way we respond to these events. This is especially true in the wake of natural disasters, shootings, bombings, and other tragedies. The media tells us what happened, how many homes were devastated, who was killedContinue reading “Defining a new strength-based storytelling genre”

Washington Post narrative puts focus on survivor, not offender, of mass shooting

When I think about the recent attacks in San Bernardino and the Planned Parenthood clinic, I can quickly recall the names and photos of the offenders. But I couldn’t tell you the names of the victims and survivors. This is probably true for many news consumers — partly because the media tends to focus more on offenders than on victims.Continue reading “Washington Post narrative puts focus on survivor, not offender, of mass shooting”

Announcing ivoh’s 2016 Restorative Narrative Fellows

Images & Voices of Hope is happy to announce that we have selected the fellows for our 2016 Restorative Narrative Fellowship. Nearly 100 people applied for the fellowship, with just four spots available. The fellows we selected — Dan Archer, Christa Hillstrom, Heidi Shin, and Moses Shumow — showed a deep understanding of Restorative Narrative and pitchedContinue reading “Announcing ivoh’s 2016 Restorative Narrative Fellows”

The case for Restorative Narratives

This story was originally published in Kosmos Journal. The phrase ‘future of journalism’ is often uttered in media circles these days—and understandably so. Everyone wants to learn how to save parts of the industry that are struggling financially, and they’re attempting to figure out how to best prepare themselves and their news organizations for the yearsContinue reading “The case for Restorative Narratives”

In the aftermath of tragedy, lay the groundwork for Restorative Narrative

Journalists worldwide are working around the clock telling stories about the terrorist attacks that killed nearly 130 people in Paris. In the aftermath of such a massive tragedy, it’s too soon to start identifying Restorative Narratives; it’s still too raw, too recent for authentic stories of resilience to emerge. Restorative Narratives take a deep dive into a person’sContinue reading “In the aftermath of tragedy, lay the groundwork for Restorative Narrative”