Video: Introducing #DeafinMedia
Tyrone Giordano (white man with short dark curly hair, in a light-colored button-down shirt) and Jenna Beacom (white woman with shoulder-length dark wavy hair and glasses, in a black sweater) are standing in front of some palm trees inside of a building. They are signing in ASL.
Tyrone Giordano: Hello, I’m Tyrone Giordano with CSD. I’m excited to talk about #DeafInMedia.
Jenna Beacom: Hello, my name is Jenna Beacom, I’m with CSD. Today, we want to share some info about #DeafInMedia. So what is that? What will we be doing? We’ll explain.
TG: #DeafInMedia is many different things. We focus on three main things. First, representation of Deaf people, of many different types, in the media. Second, Deaf professionals, those who work in the media. And third, audiences too, how they view and consume media. These three things are all part of one big dialogue.
JB: We want to know from you, what do you notice out there that needs to be addressed? What are you interested in? What do you think is awesome? We want to know, and have a conversation. Really, #DeafInMedia is about having a conversation with all of you.
TG: How can you get involved with #DeafInMedia? See that there’s a hashtag right in the name? That means using social media. As you’re checking out the news, an article or other media and you notice something interesting, something strange, or something wrong, use that hashtag, #DeafInMedia. Go ahead and add a comment, like “I think that…” and use the hashtag #DeafInMedia. That means that everyone will be able to find your comment and we can discuss it in more depth.
JB: Think we’ll just be criticizing everything in sight? No, not just that, we want people to learn and change! This means also praising excellent representation, and if good examples are out there, we’ll say, “That’s great! We want more of this!” and explain why we like it. All in the name of positive change.