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Patient Deaths at Arizona State Hospital Raise Questions About Staffing Levels, Lack of Oversight

Recent deaths at the Arizona State Hospital raise questions about a lack of hospital oversight, understaffing, and inadequate employee training at the facility. This is part of a four-part series by NCDJ board member Amy Silverman. Read the full story here.

Part I

Part II

Part III

Part IV

NCDJ Announces Winners of 2021 Disability Reporting Contest

First-place winners of the Katherine Schneider Awards for Excellence in Reporting on Disability are William Wan of The Washington Post (large media) and Ayat Khiry of ARIJ Arab Investigative Network (small media).

In all, six winners were honored during a Nov. 1 event at the Cronkite School on Nov. 1, during which Wan spoke with journalist Kathy Richie about his approach to reporting and the immersive nature of his work. The ceremony and discussion can be viewed here.

A full list of this year’s winners, is available here.

Applications Open for New York Times Disability Fellowship

Through a partnership with the NCDJ and the Ford Foundation, The New York Times is accepting applications for a reporting fellow who will explore what it means to live with a disability in America.

The fellow will work for a year on the Times’ National desk, focusing on reporting that illuminates and explains issues facing people living with disabilities. The fellow also will take some general assignment breaking news shifts and will receive coaching from the NCDJ and mentoring by a Times journalist with expertise on the topic.

For more information and to apply, go here.

Panel to Explore Media Coverage of Disability

The NCDJ is joining with the Harvard Law School Project on Disability to host a panel on journalism and disability rights on Tuesday, Nov. 9, from 2 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. (EST) via Zoom

Join panelists Joe Shapiro, NPR News investigations correspondent; Rosemarie Garland-Thomson, professor emerita of English and bioethics, Emory University; Eric Garcia, senior Washington correspondent, The Independent; and Amanda Morris, disability reporting fellow, The New York Times, for this important discussion on how to improve representation of people with disabilities in all forms of media.

For more information, go here.

Beyond Britney: Abuse, Exploitation, and Death Inside America’s Guardianship Industry

A BuzzFeed News investigation found that in 130 of the 200 total guardianship situations examined, wards were exposed to financial exploitation and 110 may have suffered abuse or neglect. However, no comprehensive data exists on the guardianship system and courts in many states keep case documents under seal. Full story here.

Panel To Feature Journalists Talking About Disability

The National Center on Disability and Journalism and the National Press Photographers Association will host a panel discussion on journalism and disability Oct. 6 at 8:30 p.m. EST.

The session will focus on how disabilities can affect those seeking to get ahead in the visual journalism industry, how to navigate careers with disabilities and how to improve media coverage of individuals with disabilities.

The session will be moderated by Kristin Gilger, director of the NCDJ and Reynolds Professor in Business Journalism at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

Date and Time: October 6th, 2021

8:30pm EST/5:30pm PST

Panelists are:

  • David Allbritton, senior photojournalist at CNN with over 30 years of experience in the news industry. In 1995, while covering the Balkan War for CNN in Sarajevo, he sustained life-threatening injuries when a 500-pound bomb blew up at the television center.
  • Ari Golub, staff photographer and visual storyteller for George Washington University’s student-run, independent paper, The GW Hatchet, and the President of GW’s Disabled Students Collective. He is an individual with autism.
  • Evan Halpop, a senior at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, where he is majoring in journalism with an emphasis in broadcast, print and web. He lives with a form of autism and advocates for inclusion for all.
  • Amanda Morris, the first disability reporting fellow at The New York Times. She previously reported for The Arizona Republic in Phoenix and covered politics for The Associated Press. As someone with a hearing loss, she grew up regularly using American Sign Language with her two deaf parents.
  • Cara Reedy, program manager for Disability Media Alliance Project at the Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund (DREDF). She previously worked at CNN producing documentaries and writing for CNN digital, and she is the co-producer of a short documentary, “Dwarfism and Me,” which explores the treatment of Dwarfs in American society.
  • Bruce Thorson, associate professor at the College of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He previously spent 25 years in newspaper photojournalism. As a young man, he sustained permanent physical injuries in a motorcycle accident.
  • Linda Tirado, a freelance photojournalist who also is a book author and has written for The Guardian and The Daily Beast. She was shot in the face last year while covering the civil unrest that followed the police killing of George Floyd, leaving her partially blind.