Images & Voices of Hope Restorative Narrative Fellowship 2016

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Application Deadline:

Images & Voices of Hope is now accepting applications for the second iteration of its Restorative Narrative Fellowship. ivoh’s fellowship is an extension of the organization’s work around Restorative Narrative — a genre of stories that show how people and communities are making a meaningful progression from a place of despair to a place of resilience.


  • The fellowship will provide four fellows with a stipend to spend six months telling Restorative Narratives in various communities.
  • The fellowship is open to media practitioners of all kinds — photographers, journalists, gamers, documentary filmmakers, and marketers. Both freelancers and employed media practitioners can apply.
  • Freelancers will be required to find a home for their projects, while those employed at media organizations can work on their fellowship project with the intent of publishing it on their organization’s website.


  • Each fellow will receive a $2,500 stipend for financial support and to cover costs associated with their work for the fellowship.
  • These costs may include travel, data analysis, research expenses, and more. Fellows, who will work with a story coach during the fellowship, will maintain autonomy throughout the storytelling process and will not be beholden to their story coach or funders.

What’s covered

The fellowship provides:

  • A $2,500 stipend. Half will be paid at the beginning of the fellowship and half will be paid upon completion of the project.
  • Coaching from Jacqui Banaszynski, a Pulitzer prize-winning journalist, longtime editor, and a professor at the University of Missouri. Jacqui will be available to offer story coaching and support throughout the six months.
  • All-expenses paid trips to two fellows dialogues, one of which will include a day-long training workshop with Jacqui Banaszynski.
  • Involvement as a speaker at ivoh’s annual media summit, which attracts media practitioners from around the world.
  • Ongoing recognition and support from ivoh staff.

Fellowship timeline

  • Nov. 16, 2015: Application deadline
  • Dec. 1, 2015: Winning fellows notified
  • Jan. 1, 2016: Fellowship begins
  • Jan. 10-11, 2016: First fellows dialogue and training workshop, to be held at The Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, FL
  • Late May/June 2016: Tentative time for second fellows dialogue (exact date and location to be determined by early 2016).
  • July 1, 2016: Fellowship ends


Fellows will be expected to:

  • Complete their project within the six-month deadline, barring any extenuating circumstances
  • Attend and actively participate in the two fellows dialogues and ivoh’s annual media summit (all expenses will be paid; exact summit date will be determined by Nov. 1.)
  • Interact on a monthly basis (or more, if needed) with story coach Jacqui Banaszynski to seek feedback and share updates on how the fellowship project is progressing.
  • Sign a letter of agreement, and have their editor/boss sign it, as a show of support for the fellowship and as an indicator that the fellowship guidelines/expectations are clear.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Images & Voices of Hope Restorative Narrative Fellowship 2016

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