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Images & Voices of Hope | December 2, 2020

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ivoh to hold Restorative Narrative workshop at University of Oregon

ivoh to hold Restorative Narrative workshop at University of Oregon

Images & Voices of Hope is offering a Restorative Narrative workshop at the University of Oregon this fall, and we hope you’ll join us.

The workshop is part of an event called “Experience Engagement,” which is being held in partnership with Journalism That Matters and the University of Oregon’s School of Journalism and Communication (SOJC). ivoh is a planning partner in the event, which will focus on the intersection between journalism, engagement, and community impact and will take place Oct. 1-4 at the University of Oregon’s George S. Turnbull Center in Portland.

On Thursday, Oct. 1, prior to the 3 p.m. start of the event, ivoh’s Mallary Tenore will lead a pre-conference Restorative Narrative workshop from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. She’ll be joined by Nicole Dahmen, a University of Oregon professor who recently received a grant from SOJC’s Agora Journalism Center to study Restorative Narrative. In particular, Dahmen has been analyzing the work of ivoh’s first group of Restorative Narrative Fellows. One of the fellows — University of Oregon professor Alex Tizon — may also join us for the workshop, schedule permitting.

Here’s a brief description of what we’ll talk about during the workshop, which is open to anyone who would like to attend:

“News media is dominated by stories about crime, tragedy, and trauma. It’s important for the media to tell these stories, but too often, they neglect to tell the stories of resilience, renewal, and recovery that can emerge from traumatic events. At ivoh, we call these stories Restorative Narratives — narratives that show how people and communities are making a meaningful progression from despair to resilience. These narratives aren’t happy-go-lucky feature stories; they’re much deeper than that; they move the storyline from what’s happened to show what’s possible. We believe they have the potential to strengthen and mobilize people and communities in ways that traditional “if it bleeds, it leads” stories can’t.

“We’ve studied this genre for more than two years and will explore it with you during this workshop. Together, we’ll discuss what Restorative Narratives are (and aren’t); offer up examples; explore some of the challenges that come with reporting this genre; and highlight strategies for telling these narratives. The workshop will include some small-group activities.”

To register for the workshop, which costs $75, click here. If you can’t make it, you can follow the workshop from afar with the hashtag #RestorativeNarrative. Participants are welcome to attend just the workshop, or the workshop and the full “Experience Engagement” event.

Early bird registration for the event lasts through Aug. 31 and costs $350. Registration goes up to $450 beginning on Sept. 1. Discounts are available for students and freelancers. You can find out more about the “Experience Engagement” event by following the #pdxEngage15 hashtag and by clicking here.

 

Related ivoh.org content: ivoh to take part in trauma reporting conference at University of Missouri | #ThisIsJournalism social media campaign at University of Oregon curates emerging forms of storytelling