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Global Journalist: Making media accessible

Nov 18, 2020

Brenda Adkinson, interpreter for the deaf, signs behind Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf during a June 8 news conference about hurricane season preparations at the Miami-Dade Emergency Operations Center in Doral, Fla.  Flanking the speaker: Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez, left, and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.
Credit Wilfredo Lee / AP

Modern media offers accessible information to a worldwide audience, but barriers still remain. Thirty years after the Americans with Disabilities Act became law, inconsistent captioning, improper ASL interpretation, and obtuse design hinder many from receiving critical news.

Moreover many who could provide valuable perspectives on what it's like to be "differently abled" are blocked from producing that journalism by newsrooms' failure to build accessibility into the process.

In this episode, journalists look at what it will take to fix the problem — and why it matters. We thank the interpreters who assisted us in our interviews with some of the journalists. Theirs are some of the voices you will hear on this podcast. For a transcript of the program, click here.


  • Karina Sturm
  • Crystal Cousineau
  • Jethro Wooddall
  • Candace Jones
  • Bryan Gould

Producers: Noah Crider, Eleanor McCrary, Isabella Paxton, Abby Orf, Caitlin King