ivoh to take part in trauma reporting conference at University of Missouri

How do you teach students to effectively cover traumatic events? Why is it important to not only tell stories about trauma, but stories about recovery? What are some ways to identify signs of resilience when reporting on a tragedy’s aftermath?

These are some of the questions that we’ll explore during the Trauma Journalism conference at the University of Missouri from Oct. 15-17. Images & Voices of Hope’s Mallary Tenore will be speaking at the conference on Friday, Oct. 16, with a focus on Restorative Narrative.

In particular, she’ll review what Restorative Narratives are (and aren’t); offer up examples from ivoh’s fellowship and other sources; explore some of the challenges that come with reporting this genre; and highlight strategies for telling these narratives. ivoh has studied this genre for more than two years, and we’re eager to share what we’ve learned with conference attendees.

While geared toward journalism educators, the conference is open to anyone who would like to attend. The University of Missouri’s Reynolds Journalism Institute explains in greater detail what the event will entail:

“This two-day conference at the Reynolds Journalism Institute will teach journalism educators about how to prepare students for the impact of trauma on individuals — including themselves — and communities, how to build resilience through reporting, and provide hands-on help in creating units or standalone courses on trauma. Participants will walk away with a deeper knowledge of the dynamics of trauma and resilience, the elements of self care, and how to navigate classroom discussions of some of the most sensitive topics journalists encounter in their work.”

To register, click here. You can watch the video below to learn more about how trauma — and recovery — reporting is taught at the University of Missouri.


Related ivoh.org content: Trauma, resilience, and recovery in the classroom | ivoh fellows meet at the University of Missouri to explore Restorative Narrative genre


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