Military Veterans in Journalism is offering free training sessions on disability reporting, including on veterans, for newsrooms across the nation.
The U.S. Department of Labor reports that about a quarter of all military veterans — an estimated 4.7 million people — have a service-connected disability.
Thanks to support from the Ford Foundation, over the past year, military veterans in the MVJ Speakers Bureau have been training with top disability beat journalists and experts at organizations like Disabled American Veterans with the goal of improving coverage on disabled veterans and the broader disailed community. Now, the participants are taking that training into newsrooms across the nation to increase awareness and understanding when journalists cover these issues.
The training sessions take roughly 60 minutes, and it’s preferred that the training be in-person, but can also be conducted via Zoom.
What will reporters learn?
- Relevant data points on disabled veterans
- Challenges and common tropes related to disabled veterans
- Intersectionality in the disabled veterans and broader disability communities – how does improving coverage of disabled veterans affect the issues in disability reporting?
- Crafting respectful narratives around disabilities – language and storytelling tips and advice
“Vets need to be a part of the national conversation,” Baddorf added. “We know what it’s like to live with post-traumatic stress, to have tinnitus, to work despite hearing loss. Our experiences can help inform a deeper understanding within the media world of what it’s really like for people with disabilities.”
MVJ will engage the reporters in a powerful conversation that helps them think critically about their own reporting on disability and provide them with best practices.
Email MVJ Operations Manager Sara Feges at [email protected] to schedule a free training session for your newsroom.
About Military Veterans in Journalism
Military Veterans in Journalism is a professional association that builds community for vets, supports their career growth, and advocates for diversifying newsrooms through hiring and promoting more vets.