description of activity
Break the group into pairs. Ask them to read the articles (see Tips for Trainers) and discuss the content.
Bring them back to the plenary.
- what was the article about and who was the source.
- What role had the person with the disability in the article?
- Were they at the centre of the article?
- Were they mentioned or quoted?
- What was the perception created by the article around the person capability?
- Could the article being written in any other way?
Ask the pairs to get together and either write a new article or a radio feature around the same issue.
ASSESSING LEARNING OUTCOMES
The article / radio feature prepared by the pairs should show awareness of
- the use of language that is respectful, not offensive or discriminatory.
- the need to include the voice of the person with a disability at the centre of the story
- and escaping stereotyping approaches in reporting issues around disability (victim / hero)
information on the activity
Participants in this activity will look at reports of issues related to minorities in media and rewrite /retell them according to best practice.
Participants will be able
to identify and explain, and apply ethical criteria for inclusive and constructive reporting with respect to the concerned social/cultural group.
A room with chairs and table
Portable Recorders /Laptops
Articles/short videos/radio interviews about issues affecting different/specific minority groups. Some examples specific to people living with disabilities can be found under Train the Trainers below.
RECOMMENDED NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS
TIPS FOR TRAINERS
Below are a few examples of articles that could be used to work on media treatment and reporting on people with disabilities (similar media pieces can be used for other specific minority groups):
- Reporting on disability without the voice of the person affected
- Mainstream media representation of disability
The articles below, also on the issue of people with disabilities, can be considered best practice examples
- A voice in media. Person with disability at the centre of the article.
- An article that raises important questions around perceptions.
- Not a victim or a hero.
- When to use the term disability.
Make yourself aware of best practice and existing guidelines