During this speech, we’ll talk about Restorative Narrative, a storytelling genre that Images & Voices of Hope (ivoh) has been exploring for the past three years. Restorative Narratives show how people and communities are making a meaningful progression from a place of despair to a place of resilience. We’ll talk about how Restorative Narratives offer up a more holistic approach to media coverage by moving beyond traditional “if it bleeds, it leads” coverage. Specifically, we’ll explore what Restorative Narratives are (and aren’t), why these narratives are important, how research supports the need for these narratives and how they can create impact in media coverage and in local communities. We’ll also explore examples of the genre from ivoh’s Restorative Narrative Fellows and will show how the genre aligns with the restorative practices field of study. We’ll save time at the end for a learning exchange. With attendees, we’ll explore the ideas we’ve discussed with the hopes of deepening our collective understanding of this emerging genre.