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Improve Your Storytelling Through Restorative Narrative

About This Course

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.

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


Jacqui Banaszynski: Restorative Narratives in Journalism

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 Jean Tenore

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.

Mallary believes the media can play a powerful role in connecting communities, restoring hope, and giving people a reason to care about social issues.

Prior to joining ivoh, Mallary was managing editor of The Poynter Institute’s media news site, In 2013, she was named one of the top 50 female innovators in digital journalism. In 2012, she was featured on a list of the top 100 Twitter accounts every journalism student should follow and was named a Mirror Award finalist for outstanding media reporting.

Mallary teaches social media sessions on a consulting basis and is currently writing a memoir. She grew up outside of Boston and graduated with honors from Providence College. In 2015, she earned a certificate in nonprofit management from Duke University. Mallary, an avid runner and yoga enthusiast, lives in St. Petersburg, Fla., with her husband Troy. You can reach her at and find her on Twitter at @MallaryTenore.