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.

Ask them:

  • 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.


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.


60 minutes




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):

The articles below, also on the issue of people with disabilities, can be considered best practice examples

Make yourself aware of best practice and existing guidelines