Resources for journalists & writers

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Style Guide:

National Center on Disability and Journalism (NCDJ) style guide,

Language and Reporting Resources:

Center for Disability Rights, Disability Writing and Journalism Guidelines,

Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF), Media and Disability resources,

Disability Visibility Project,

Disabled Writers database, which includes disabled people willing to be sources for journalists,

National Center on Disability and Journalism, disability resource list,

Online Resource for U.S. Disability Statistics,

Special Olympics Disability Language Guidelines,

Awards for media and disability:

Media Access Awards for depictions of disability that are accurate, inclusive, and multi-faceted (film, television, and new media only),

Ruderman Foundation Awards for Excellence in Reporting on Disability, NCDJ,

TASH Positive Images in the Media Award,

(Texas only) Barbara Jordan Media Awards for accurate and positive reports on individuals with disabilities,

Articles about covering disability:

“Bettering journalists’ abilities to cover disabilities of others,” NENPA conference,

“Covering Disability Issues,” SPJ,

“Guidelines for Reporting and Writing about People with Disabilities,” Research and Training Center on Independent Living,

“Journalists should learn to carefully traverse a variety of disability terminology,” National Center on Disability and Journalism,

“Reporting on Disability with Sensitivity, not Sensationalism,” Neiman Reports,

“6 tips for covering people with disabilities,” Poynter,

“Story Angles: Reporting on the Economics of Disability,” National Center on Business Journalism,

“28 Disabled Leaders You Should Be Following on Twitter,” Medium,

“Using Census Data to Report on Businesses Serving People with Disabilities,” National Center on Business Journalism,

“We Need to Stop Talking About Disability as a Burden,” Tonic,

“What journalists can do better to cover the disability beat,” CJR,

Writing well about disability,


“Getting Beyond Stereotypes: Better Disability Journalism,” Poynter,