One in Four: The Ethics of Covering People with Disabilities

2022 Silha Center Spring Forum

The Silha Center for the Study of Media Ethics and Law and 
Society of Professional Journalists present:

One in Four: 
The Ethics of Covering People with Disabilities

The CDC reports that 26% of U.S. adults have some form of disability.  How should journalists and communications professionals depict them and address the challenges they face without resorting to “inspiration porn”?  How can they balance the ethical dichotomy between exploitation and exclusion?

Join the Silha Center and the Minnesota-Pro Chapter of SPJ to hear from:

Jane McClure, award-winning St. Paul journalist and editor of Access Press, the upper Midwest’s disability community news source
Scott Libin, HSJMC Senior Fellow; former news director at KSTP and WCCO; former Ethics Chair of the Radio Television Digital News Association
Peter Tressel, Creative Director with 38 years experience at advertising agencies around Minneapolis
Sophia Schmaltz, first-year student with dyslexia, College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota

Jane E. Kirtley, Silha Professor of Media Ethics and Law and director of the Silha Center, will moderate.

Monday, April 4, 2022 at 6:30 pm
Free live-streamed presentation
Open to the public, but advance registration required at

For more about this event, click on any of the following links:
Watch the video of "One in Four: The Ethics of Covering People with Disabilities"
A document: "Resources for How to Speak and Write about People with Disabilities"
Read a Silha Bulletin story about the 2022 Spring Forum here.

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