Call-out for Disabled Potential Expert Contributors:
We believe disabled people are currently under-represented in the news. We want to change that.
Disabled people make up more than 20% of the population. There are disabled politicians, lawyers, academics, sportspeople, doctors, and disabled people working in every part of public life.
But when we watch the news, it’s rare to see disabled people and when we do, they’re almost always speaking about disability. This lack of representation means stories are going un-reported, talent is going unrecognised and negative attitudes towards disability are going unchallenged.
Our Reframing Disability in News programme – in partnership with the BBC’s 50:50 Project – will support disabled people to be expert contributors to broadcast news through media training and other resources. The initiative will also support newsrooms and journalists to address biases and barriers to approaching and interviewing disabled experts.
'Reframing Disability' is all about starting a real and honest conversation between people with lived experience of disability and the charities and other organisations that support them on the one hand, and the media and creative industry on the other. We want to bring these two groups together with the aim of creating better representation and increased access for disabled people.
Su-Mei Thompson, CEO of Media Trust
We are currently gathering expressions of interest in the programme from disabled people who are interested in being part of our database of disabled experts and accessing free media training and other resources.
We’re looking for disabled people with expertise across a wide range of subjects from politics, economy, business, health, science to arts and sport.
So if you – or someone you know – is an expert on anything and everything from Brexit to turtle conservation in the Galapagos, from climate change to HS2, and from the coronavirus to coin collecting, please sign up to join our mailing list.
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This pilot programme is part of the Future News Pilot Fund, funded by the Department for Culture, Media, and Sport, and run by Nesta. We are very fortunate to have as our key programme partner the BBC’s 50:50 Project which has been successful in increasing women’s voices in the news. The pilot will run until June 2020.