How empathy factors into reporting & storytelling

Can stories be empathy generators? Has the shift from print to digital (and the subsequent increase in videos, audio, interactivity) helped us empathize more with the people we read and hear about in the media? Is there ever a downside to empathy when reporting and telling stories?

These are some of the questions we’ll be exploring during an empathy panel at ivoh’s Restorative Narrative Summit later this month. One of our speakers, Columbia Journalism Review’s Lene Bech Sillesen, has been studying the intersection between empathy and storytelling as part of a yearlong fellowship with Columbia University’s George T Delacorte Center.

Mallary Jean Tenore