NCDJ at Cronkite Partners with Zero Project for Global Discussion on Disability

Thursday, July 22


The National Center on Disability and Journalism at Arizona State University is partnering with the Zero Project, a non-profit disability rights organization based in Vienna, Austria, for a virtual discussion about how disability – and people with disabilities – are covered in the media, both in the U.S. and other countries.

The Zoom discussion will take place on Thursday, July 29, at 4:30 p.m. Central European Summer Time and 7:30 a.m. in Arizona. “Registration” is required.

Panelists include Jodi Cohen, a reporter for ProPublica; Jennifer Smith Richards, data reporter for the Chicago Tribune; Nikki Fox, disability correspondent for the BBC; and Amy Silverman, a freelance journalist and member of the NCDJ Advisory Board. The panel will be moderated by Kristin Gilger, director of the NCDJ, which is based at ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Panelists will discuss the need for more and better coverage of disability and offer examples and guidance.

Cohen and Richards were awarded the top prize in the NCDJ’s 2020 Katherine Schneider Journalism Award for Excellence in Reporting on Disability, the only journalism contest devoted exclusively to disability coverage. Silverman served as coordinator of that contest, which accepts English-language entries from media organizations around the world on a range of disability issues. Winners are awarded cash prizes in both large media and small media categories.

The winners of 2021 contest, which is now open for entries, will be featured during the 2022 Zero Project Conference Feb. 23–25, 2022, at the United Nations office in Vienna. For more information on entering this year’s contest, go to

About the Zero Project

The Zero Project was initiated by the Essl Foundation in 2008 to research and share Innovative Practices and Policies worldwide related to employment, accessibility, independent living and political participation and education for people living with disabilities. The Zero Project network features experts and disability inclusion advocates from more than 180 countries. For more information, see

About the NCDJ

The National Center on Disability and Journalism is a service of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at ASU. For the past 12 years, the center has provided support and training for journalists and other communications professionals with the goal of improving media coverage of disability issues and people with disabilities. For more information, see