In Portland on Thursday morning, October 1?
Join one of our partners and register for a pre-conference workshop, below:
- Restorative Narrative
- Oregon Youth Listening Post
They’re $75, which covers costs plus a bit for the workshop leader.
(Don’t let money be an obstacle! If you’re interested but on a limited budget, contact us and let us know of your interest. If we can make it work, we will.)
Hosted by Images and Voices of Hope
Time: 9:30am – 12:30pm (Breakfast available from 8:30am)
- Mallary Tenore, IVOH, Executive Director
- Nicole Dahmen, University of Oregon assistant professor who is currently researching the Restorative Narrative genre.
- We may also be joined by University of Oregon assistant professor Alex Tizon, who is a 2015 ivoh Restorative Narrative Fellow.
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 Images & Voices of Hope (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.
Oregon Youth Listening Post
Time: Thurs., Oct. 1, 2015
8:30 a.m.- 2:30pm (Breakfast available at 8:00am)
- Linda Miller, American Public Media, director of network journalism and innovation
- Andrew Haeg, founder, Groundsource
- Mitch Fantin, program administrator, The Piece
- Chris Densmore, applied theater practitioner
Genuine engagement is more than snagging eyeballs. It’s about connecting with your community’s minds and hearts, too. It’s about creating a dialogue with your community — a conversation, in other words — which requires as much (or more) listening as talking.
So how do we build listening into our journalism? How do we snap out of the transactional listening we’re so used to doing as journalists and really open up to what we’re hearing and observing? How do we learn to build something with the community and not for the community, to be more intentional about the impact we want to have? What’s more: How does our role in our communities evolve from interviewers and information deliverers to participants in, and facilitators of, a conversation?
We’ll find out during a hands-on, half-day session during which we’ll build a kind of “listening post.” Using engagement tools and strategies honed in newsrooms around the country, we’ll learn what it’s like to be a youth in Portland, discovering their hopes, dreams and concerns for their lives and their community. We’ll then use what we hear and who we hear from as guides to engaging the broader community conversations, meeting people where they live, work, play and converse, to learn what is happening, why it is happening and what we can do about it.