Shawn Burns “The framers and the framed: News media and disability”

“The framers and the framed: News media and disability” Dr Shawn Burns

When former journalist and newsroom director, Shawn Burns, son Mack was born with a disability he headed down a different career path which made him challenge everything he knew about being a journalist. His new role as a journalism educator and researcher led him to ask the questions; how does the way that journalists write their news stories, and what we as consumers choose to read, reinforce the gulf of inequity between those who live with disability, and those who do not?

Burns argues that most reporting of people who live with disability falls into two categories, at either end of a spectrum – tragedy, or heroism. In this talk, Burns will argue from a perspective of lived experience how the news media have an important role to play in reframing our expectations and acceptance.