December 14, 2016 2 years 10 months ago

Mohawk Journalism's content accessibility program continues to develop

HAMILTON – Mohawk College Journalism’s pioneering new program teaching accessible content production to its aspiring journalists took another step on Tuesday when its initial group of second-year journalism students showed off their work to some members of the community (pictured).

Some of whom (including editor and publisher Greg O’Brien, who also serves on the journalism program’s advisory board) acted as judges of the students’ final portfolio showcase and gave direct feedback to the students on both their written and video projects. The CRTC’s Antica Corner, manager, social policy, also served as a judge, among many others, some of whom were sight or vision-impaired

The course, which is mandatory in order to graduate from the J-school was made possible by an $80,000 grant from the Broadcasting Accessibility Fund and is believed to be the first such program in North America.

The college also announced it has been given ministry approval to offer a post-graduate certificate in Accessible Media Production. This certificate will focus on training all communications professionals to produce content accessible to people with disabilities. Its first intake is set for September 2017.

Photo by Greg O'Brien