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“Day in your shoes”: Stories about the poet, the journalist, hands and dogs

On the occasion of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, Novi Sad School of Journalism presents TV stories made within the project “Day in your shoes”.

According to the Ministry of Labour, which supported this project, there are about 700 thousand people with some type of disability in Serbia. Those persons are still portrayed in the media as unfortunate and helpless; as persons which should be pitied, often with a noticeable sensationalism, journalistic incompetence and irrelevance of media content. Improvement of the standard of reporting on people with disabilities in the media by educating future journalists is the main purpose of the project “Day in your shoes.”

In this year’s project cycle four TV reports were created by journalism students and students with disabilities from Novi Sad: reportage dedicated to sign language, a portrait of an avant-garde poet Sinisa Tucic, a story about the future journalist Zorana Avdic, as well as analytical report about enforcement of laws aimed to support people with disabilities.

Project “Day in your shoes” gathered students of journalism and students with disabilities from Novi Sad and Niš at the three-day training. Participants discovered what it’s like to be “in the shoes” of persons with disabilities for a short time, but they also learned about the ethical standards of reporting about this issue. Take a look at how this three-day training looked.

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