New guidelines support media reporting on disability
The Victorian Government have recently launched Reporting It Right, new media guidelines to assist journalists and communications professionals in appropriately portraying people with a disability.
One in five Victorians and over four million Australians have a disability.
The language and images used in mainstream media to depict disability influence community attitudes by setting the overall tone for how disability is portrayed and framed in society. It can impact on how people with a disability see themselves, both in terms of life expectations and outcomes and in their ability to participate in the community.
Following the success of similar disability guidelines implemented interstate and overseas, Reporting It Right has been developed in consultation with representatives from the media, communications, disability and health sectors.
The National Disability Coordination Officer program welcomes Reporting It Right as a tool that outlines appropriate language, photography, videography and interview techniques and supports the use of the guidelines where possible.
We also try to support media and communications professionals to improve the depictions of people with a disability in mainstream media and to help change community attitudes in relation to how people with a disability are reported.
For further information and to download the full Reporting It Right guidelines please visit: www.dhs.vic.gov.au/reportingitright