Nigerian journalists trained on reporting matters affecting Persons with Disabilities

About 15 journalists were earlier this week in Akwanga, Nasarawa State, trained on the accurate and balanced portrayal of persons with disabilities (PWDs).

The two-day workshop held between Tuesday and Thursday was organised by the Inclusive Friends Association, IFA – a nongovernmental organization with a clear focus on promoting the image and enhancing the voices of PWDs.

According to the organisers, the training became necessary because of the common and negative stereotypes of persons with disabilities which has been allowed to penetrate even the mainstream media.

“The media are the agenda setters. They can deeply influence public opinion and establish societal norms,” Grace Jerry, IFA executive director, said in her opening presentation.

“Persons with disabilities are hardly covered in the media, and when they are featured, they are often negatively stereotyped and not appropriately represented,” she said.

Ms Jerry said it has become common to see PWDs treated with pity or presented as superheroes who have accomplished great feats, so as to inspire persons without disabilities.

During the training, journalists underwent sessions on implications…

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