Pulitzer prize-winning journalist and University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication (SOJC) assistant professor Alex Tizon was awarded the Images of Voices & Hope (ivoh) Inaugural Restorative Narrative Fellowship.
Five exceptional journalists from across the country were chosen for six-month-long fellowships, which focus on stories that show how people and communities rebuild and recover in the aftermath, or midst of, difficult times.
In his restorative narrative, Tizon will tell the story of an Alaskan family whose son vanished 10 years ago. His relationship with the family began in 2005 when he wrote a story for the Los Angeles Timestitled “Alaska, Land of the Lost,” about people who vanish in Alaska.
“The story illustrates how they dealt with agony, while at the same time remaining sane or hopeful,” Tizon says.
As a fellowship participant, Tizon has been invited to speak at ivoh’s annual media summit in Haines Fall, New York, June 25-28, to present his research and receive support and guidance from editing coach Jacqui Banaxzynski, Knight Chair in Editing at the University of Missouri School of Journalism.
Tizon is most excited about being back in the field on assignment. In addition, he is looking forward to sharing his process with his students.
“It’s really good for someone who teaches to continue to do the work they’re teaching about,” Tizon states. “It reminds us how hard this process is. Students learn from watching how other people do their work. I can give them my own process.”
Story by Jessica Glackin ‘15