NCDJ Names New Executive Director

Pauline Arrillaga has been named executive director of the National Center on Disability and Journalism at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

Arriillaga, executive editor of the Carnegie-Knight News21 program at the Cronkite School, will take over for Kristin Gilger, who has led the NCDJ since 2008 and is retiring this summer. Arrillaga joined the Cronkite School in 2019 as a professor of practice to launch and direct the  Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Southwest Health Reporting Initiative. She moved to News21 in December to lead the award-winning program, which brings top journalism students from across the country to report and produce in-depth, multimedia projects for major media outlets. Previously, Arrillaga spent 27 years at The Associated Press – most recently as U.S. enterprise editor.

In addition, Cronkite Professor Nicole Macias will oversee the NCDJ’s international journalism awards programs, which recognize excellence in disability reporting.

See the full announcement here.

Disability Reporting Prizes Awarded

Each year, the National Center on Disability and Journalism recognizes the best reporting on disability being done around the world. The 2022 winners, which include BuzzFeed News, the Los Angeles Times and NPR, among others, can be found here.  

Annual prizes are awarded in both professional and student categories. The Katherine Schneider Journalism Award for Excellence in Reporting on Disability honors professional journalists in both small media and large media categories. The Gary Corcoran Student Prize for Excellence in Reporting on Disability recognizes the work of college student journalists.

The Schneider and Corcoran prizes are the only journalism contests devoted exclusively to the coverage of people with disabilities and disability issues.

The 2023 contest will open for entries in May 2023.