Dahmen, an assistant professor in the university’s School of Journalism & Communication (SOJC), is studying the genre as one of three faculty members who were selected for a fellowship from SOJC’s Agora Journalism Center. She’s joined by Deborah Morrison and Kim Sheehan, who are pursuing different research projects.
Dahmen has been following the work of ivoh’s 2015 Restorative Narrative Fellows and has also been studying how Restorative Narrative applies to photojournalism.
“I have always been interested in both the short-term and long-term effects on the individuals who are thrust into the media spotlight in crisis or disaster situations,” Dahmen told Poynter.org’s Kristen Hare in a Q&A published last week. “With restorative narrative, I was intrigued by the idea of telling the story beyond the immediacy of the news, which is generally considered to be contextual reporting, to focus on resilience and the longer-term effects on both individuals and communities.”
(Disclosure: The author of this piece used to edit Poynter.org.)