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Images & Voices of Hope | December 2, 2020

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Restorative narrative

Images of Resilience and Resistance

March 2, 2018 |

Last week we talked about how new messengers are reviving the national dialogue on gun safety in significant and hopefully sustainable ways.

This week I wanted to address the power of images in creating and disrupting our predominant cultural … Read More

Journalist turned positive psychologist Michelle Gielan challenges media to ‘Broadcast Happiness’

March 2, 2017 |

Screengrab from Michelle Gielan Google’s re:Work talk.




Tired of negative news? These days, it’s difficult to avoid. Positive psychology researcher Michelle Gielan wants to help change that by showing the value in “broadcasting happiness.”

The former national CBS News … Read More

A behind the scenes look at how the Tampa Bay Times told Pulse survivor Angel Santiago’s story

December 16, 2016 |

Angel Santiago recovering in his hospital bed.Photo by and courtesy of Loren Elliott, Tampa Bay Times. 




Six months ago, a gunman killed 49 people and injured dozens of others in Orlando’s Pulse dance club. Angel Santiago is one … Read More

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

July 27, 2016 |

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 … Read More

Orlando Sentinel takes Restorative Narrative approach to long-form video in aftermath of Pulse shootings

July 8, 2016 |

Photo credit: Flickr, Creative Commons.


In the wake of violent tragedy, attention is often focused on the person who committed the act of terror. Yet, after the Pulse shooting, the Orlando Sentinel decided to focus on the lives of victims, … Read More

10 tips for media practitioners covering tragedies & Restorative Narratives

July 1, 2016 |

Kevin Becker (right) at ivoh’s Restorative Narrative Colloquium last week. Photo by Gloria Muñoz. 




What do communities need from media in the aftermath of tragedy?

We explored this question at length during ivoh’s Restorative Narrative Colloquium and … Read More

Orlando Sentinel focuses on community healing in wake of tragedy

June 13, 2016 |

Photo credit: Flickr, Creative Commons.


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 … Read More

Defining Restorative Narrative, a strength-based storytelling genre

May 20, 2016 |


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 … Read More

2015 ivoh fellow, Elissa Yancey, speaks about the Restorative Narrative genre at Northern Kentucky University

April 11, 2016 |

Photo courtesy of Carrie Crotzer.


Sensationalist headlines often overshadow stories of resilience. And, in today’s clickbait culture, it can be difficult to find pockets of reflective and thoughtful storytelling. But, these stories are out there and they are … Read More

ivoh fellow Heidi Shin shares how a US health center adapted to care for Southeast Asian refugees

March 18, 2016 |

Women gather to meditate at the Metta Health Center in Lowell MA.  Many of the patients seek meditation, and other traditional forms of Cambodian healing, to deal with headaches, insomnia, and other symptoms of PTSD. All photos by and courtesy … Read More