The National Center on Disability & Journalism was founded by freelance photographer Suzanne Levine in 1998 as the Disability Media Project to raise awareness of how the news media can better cover people with disabilities. (Levine is pictured at the door of the first NCDJ office in San Francisco.)
Levine worked with an advisory group of journalists, disability activists and journalism educators from the San Francisco area, doing presentations and developing materials for journalists and classroom presentations for journalism educators.
In 2000 the center’s name was changed to the National Center on Disability & Journalism to better reflect the organizations focus on journalism as opposed to advocacy. The center was housed at San Francisco State University from 2000 to 2002 when it moved to an office on Market Street in San Francisco.
In 2004 the center moved again, this time across the country to Boston. The organization’s board eventually decided to seek an affiliation with a university journalism program, and in 2008, the center was relocated to the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.
Resources available from NCDJ:
- Style Guide
- Award for Excellence in Reporting on Disability
- Educator Resources
- Disability Resource List