Improve Your Storytelling Through Restorative Narrative

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November 18, 2015 Enroll Now
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Course Overview

Improve Your Storytelling Through Restorative Narrative
Originally Broadcast On:
November 18, 2015
Time Estimate:
One hour for the main presentation and questions. Sometimes presenters stay longer to answer additional questions from participants.

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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.

Images & Voices of Hope (ivoh), calls 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.

In this Webinar, you'll learn what Restorative Narratives are (and aren’t), see examples and research supports the need for these narratives, and how they can create impact in both media coverage and in local communities.

What Will I Learn:
  • The harmful effects of repeated exposure to traumatic news & the need for a new type of storytelling
  • How to define and explain what Restorative Narratives are
  • How to use Restorative Narratives
  • How research supports the need for Restorative Narrative
  • How Restorative Narratives can mobilize people and communities in ways that traditional "if it bleeds, it leads" stories can't
Who Should Take this Course:

Media practitioners (including journalists but also documentary filmmakers and photographers) along with journalism educators and students..

Course Instructor:

Mallary Tenore

Mallary is Executive Director of Images & Voices of Hope (ivoh). In this role, Mallary runs ivoh’s website, plans events, develops new programs, fundraises, and more.

Technical Requirements:

1.4GHz Intel® Pentium® 4 or faster processor (or equivalent) for Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1
512MB of RAM (1GB recommended) for Windows 7 or Windows 8
Microsoft Internet Explorer 8, 9, 10, 11; Mozilla Firefox; Google Chrome
Adobe® Flash® Player 11.2+

1.83GHz Intel Core™ Duo or faster processor
512MB of RAM (1GB recommended)
Mac OS X 10.7.4, 10.8, 10.9
Mozilla Firefox; Apple Safari; Google Chrome
Adobe Flash Player 11.2+

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