On Wednesday, April 25 the National Center for Disability and Journalism partnered with Ability 360 and the Arizona Developmental Disabilities Planning Council to host a workshop titled “Improving Disability Communication” for local public information officers.
The goal of the workshop was to introduce public service employees to disability communication topics, styles and perspectives.
Activities included tutorials about disability language style and tips on making digital media accessible. Participants heard insightful testimonies from people with a variety of disabilities as well as local reporters who shape mass media stories.
Agency representatives at the workshop came from Department of Economic Security, Department of Transportation, State Parks and Trails, Department of Health Services and many others. A similar workshop is planned for September 21 at ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication in downtown Phoenix and host local journalists and public relations executives.
Local CBS station in Dallas/ Fort Worth visited a festive Easter egg hunt designed specifically for kids with disabilities. The video report, posted to YouTube, describes how the eggs make loud beeps so that people with sensory disabilities can find them. The event was organized by local community members and many parents appreciated how the overall tone of the festivities was tailored to accommodate kids with high anxiety.
This award is the only journalism contest devoted exclusively to disability coverage.
The Ruderman Foundation Awards for Excellence in Reporting on Disability recognize the best reporting on disability issues and people with disabilities that is being done in the U.S. and abroad.
More than $20,000 in cash awards will be given to first-, second- and third-place winners in large media and small media categories.
There is no entry fee for the competition, which is open to digital, broadcast and print media outlets.
Contest entries are due by midnight on Aug. 6, 2018. Entries must have been published or aired between July 1, 2017, and July 31, 2018. Entries are accepted from outside the U.S., although the work submitted must be in English. Awards are given to individuals or teams.
The 2018 winners will be recognized at a fall 2018 ceremony in Washington, D.C., featuring a keynote speaker on disability coverage as well as a disability reporting workshop for journalists.
The Ruderman contest is administered by the National Center on Disability and Journalism at Arizona State University with support from the Ruderman Family Foundation, a philanthropic organization that advocates for the full inclusion of people with disabilities in society, and from Katherine Schneider, a retired clinical psychologist who lives with a disability.
Awards will be given in a large media category and in a small media category, as described below.
Large Media Market Category
Print media: Newspapers with 200,000 circulation or more (largest single day, including digital replica), wire services, magazines and weeklies with a national audience
Broadcast media: Network, cable or syndicated television programs with a national audience, radio outlets or radio syndicators with a national or international reach
Digital media: Web-only media outlets with regional, multi-state or national audiences.
Small Media Market Category
Print media – newspapers of under 200,000 circulation
Broadcast: Local network affiliates or independent television stations serving primarily local markets
Digital media: Web-only media outlets that serve primarily local or a single state markets
Winners in the large media market category will receive prizes of $10,000 for first place, $2,500 for second place and $1,000 for third place. Winners in the small media market category will receive a Katherine Schneider Medal as well as cash awards of $5,000 for first place, $1,500 for second place and $500 for third place.
Entries are judged by professional journalists and disability experts. Past judges have included “PBS NewsHour” anchor Judy Woodruff; Tony Coelho, a former six-term U.S. congressman from California and the primary sponsor of the Americans With Disabilities Act; and former Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post reporter Leon Dash.
Judges are looking for work that:
Explores and illuminates key legal or judicial issues regarding the treatment of people with disabilities;
Explores and illuminates government policies and practices regarding disabilities;
Explores and illuminates practices of private companies and organizations regarding disabilities;
Goes beyond the ordinary in conveying the challenges experienced by people living with disabilities and strategies for meeting these challenges;
Offers balanced accounts of key points of controversy in the field and provide useful information to the general public;
Special consideration is given to entries that are accessible to those with disabilities. For example, broadcast pieces that are available in transcript form and text stories that are accessible to screen readers. All entries will be published on the NCDJ website in accessible formats.
The contest is administered by the National Center on Disability and Journalism at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at ASU. The NCDJ provides resources and materials for journalists who cover disability and has run a national disability journalism awards program in Schneider’s name since 2013.
Past winners have included journalists from The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Center for Investigative Reporting, WAMU public radio in Washington, D.C, ProPublica and the Business World of India. An archive of winning entries can be found at http://ncdj.org/contest/.
The competition in PyeongChang isn’t over! NBC will air the Winter Paralympic Games on NBCSN, Olympic Channel, NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app from March 9-18. Coverage begins with the opening ceremony tonight at 6 a.m. ET on NBCSN. If you’d like an early preview check out Ben Shpigel’s report and Chang W. Lee’s glossy photos for the New York Times.
Click hereto see the schedule of events and broadcast times on NBCSN.
A short film about a 4-year-old deaf girl called “The Silent Child” won the 2018 Academy Award for Best Short Film (Live Action). The film’s title character is played by Maisie Sly who is deaf in real life. The film was written by UK actress Rachel Shenton and directed by her fiancé Chris Overton. During the awards ceremony Shenton used American Sign Language to translate her acceptance speech, which doubled as a passionate description of communication challenges faced by children with disabilities.
“Our movie is about a deaf child being born into a world of silence,” said Shenton. “It’s not exaggerated or sensationalized for the movie. This is happening, millions of children all over the world live in silence and face communication barriers, and particularly access to education. Deafness is a silent disability. You can’t see it and it’s not life-threatening, so I want to say the biggest of ‘Thank yous’ to the Academy for allowing us to put this in front of a mainstream audience. ”
CLICK HERE to watch the trailer for “The Silent Child”. CLICK BELOW to watch Shenton and Overton’s acceptance speech.
Journalists in Illinois are encouraged to attend a free workshop from The Poynter Institute called, “Disability Reports: Fresh Angles — Covering Disability within Education, Employment, Healthcare and Housing.” The two-day event will cover a wide range of topics affecting people with disabilities on November 2 and 3. Learn more
October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month, which celebrates American workers with disabilities. The National Center on Disability and Journalism put together this list of events around the country for the month.
DIVERSITYINC EVENT: Best Practices on Diversity Recruitment – Oct. 1, 2015 11 a.m. Eastern to 12 p.m. Newark, NJ
National Organization on Disability president Carol Glazer will join a panel on best practices for recruiting people with disabilities and veterans. More information
DIVERSITYINC Webinar: Cultural Competence for National Disability Employment Awareness Month – Oct. 6, 2015 2 p.m. Eastern Online
Experts will discuss the top 50 best practices in disability employment and more. More information
Disability Employment Panel – Oct. 8, 2015 9 a.m. Eastern to 10:30 a.m. Walgreens University in Deerfield, Illinois
This panel’s main message is: “no greatness without goodness: how hiring people with disabilities contribute to your bottom line.” Employers will share their experiences with hiring Americans with disabilities. More information
A Washington Post columnist writes about a professor who traveled to Washington, D.C., to celebrate the anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act who was told tour buses don’t accommodate people with wheelchairs. Learn more.
Tim McGuire, former Minneapolis Star Tribune editor who holds the Frank Russell Chair for the Business of Journalism at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University, is featured in a webinar hosted by the National Center on Disability and Journalism.
McGuire discusses his experiences writing and publishing his first book, “Some People Even Take Them Home: A Disabled Dad, a Down Syndrome Son, and Our Journey to Acceptance.” McGuire, a board member of the NCDJ, tells the story of his family, his own disability and that of his son Jason.
McGuire also answers questions about tips and best practices when reporting on people with disabilities, advising against taking an “oh-those-poor-people” approach that he says he has observed in a lot of disability reporting.
Instead, he suggests that reporters “exalt and respect” people with disabilities while also normalizing their triumphs and failures as they would anyone else.
Disability Reporting Webinar with Tim McGuire, Frank Russell Chair for the Business of Journalism at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University and author of “Some People Even Take Them Home”
Hosted by the National Center on Disability and Journalism
The National Center on Disability and Journalism will host a webinar featuring the author of a new book “Some People Even Take Them Home,” which tells the story of living with disabilities through the experience of a father and his son. The author, Tim McGuire, is the Frank Russell Chair for the Business of Journalism at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University and a board member of the NCDJ, which is housed at the Cronkite School. His book, “Some People Even Take Them Home: A Disabled Dad, a Down Syndrome Son, and Our Journey to Acceptance,” recounts his personal experience with physical disabilities and raising his son, Jason, who has Down syndrome.
McGuire is the former editor and senior vice president of the Minneapolis Star Tribune. He served as president of the American Society of Newspaper Editors and wrote a nationally syndicated column, “More Than Work,” focusing on ethics, spirituality and values in the workplace, before joining the Cronkite School in 2006 to teach ethics and diversity and the business of journalism.
In addition to talking about his book, McGuire will discuss current media coverage and the perceptions people have of those who live with a disability.