Orlando Sentinel takes Restorative Narrative approach to long-form video in aftermath of Pulse shootings

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In the wake of violent tragedy, attention is often focused on the person who committed the act of terror. Yet, after the Pulse shooting, the Orlando Sentinel decided to focus on the lives of victims, survivors, and on how the greater Orlando community changed and united. The video below, which was published by the Orlando Sentinel at the end of June, shows how the city has changed and come together in the wake of the deadliest mass shooting in America.

Kristen Hare, who covers the media for the Poynter Institute, spoke this week with ivoh’s executive director Mallary Tenore about how the long-form video is a Restorative Narrative. Here is an excerpt from the story:

The Sentinel, which has covered the news since the very beginning, has started pulling back from daily vigils, funerals and investigations to offer a broader look at how the community is coping.

This is the first pull-back video since the shooting, Stewart said, and also the first long-form video they’ve produced (not counting live programming).

“It’s still raw,” he said. “It’s still an emotional event to cover. It’s still very raw in our community. No one’s forgotten. We’re getting closer and closer to a spot where we can start healing a little bit.”

Stewart and the team that worked on the project didn’t intend for it to be a restorative narrative, but it is an example of one, said Mallary Tenore, executive director of the non-profit media group Images and Voices of Hope and the former editor of Poynter.org.

Visit Poynter.org to read Tenore’s comments and the rest of the story.

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