This episode is on disabled people in media and representation. Alice talks with social justice journalist s.e. Smith and Vilissa Thompson, a disability rights consultant, writer, and advocate. There are many marginalized communities pushing for better representation in media, but what does that really mean? What does it look like? In this episode, they have a conversation on how editors and newsrooms can improve media coverage of disabled people and what they can do to increase newsroom disability diversity.
s.e. smith is a Northern California-based social justice journalist with bylines in Rolling Stone, The Guardian, Bitch Magazine, Rewire, Vice, In These Times, and many other fine publications. Follow smith on Twitter @sesmith.
Vilissa Thompson: a macro-minded social worker from South Carolina. Ramp Your Voice! is her organization where she discusses the issues that matters to her as a Black disabled woman, including intersectionality, racism, politics, and why she unapologetically makes good trouble. Follow Vilissa on Twitter: @VilissaThompson.
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Cheryl Green, Audio Producer, Text Transcript
Alice Wong, Writer, Producer, Interviewer
Lateef McLeod, Introduction
Mike Mort, Artwork
Theme Music (used with permission of artist)
Album: NO BIG DEAL
Artist: Wheelchair Sports Camp
“Bright Side” by Evan Schaeffer (Source: freemusicharchive.org. Licensed under an Attribution 4 International License.)
“Mantra” by Evan Schaeffer (Source: freemusicharchive.org. Licensed under an Attribution 4 International License.)