Unique opportunity for aspiring disabled journalists

Leonard Cheshire Disability logoLeonard Cheshire Disability has launched an innovative job shadowing project in partnership with Turner Broadcasting.

Disabled people who are interested in pursuing a career in television news are being offered the much sought after chance to job shadow at CNN. The international news agency is a division of Turner Broadcasting.

Zubee, who has Cerebral Palsy, has just completed one week job shadowing in the newsroom. She was offered the opportunity through her involvement with Can Do Volunteering. The community programme, run by the charity, supports young disabled adults to develop their skills, provide new experiences and promote independence.

Zubee shadowed interns and representatives from five different departments. She saw first-hand how a busy newsroom is run and experienced the complexities of a live broadcast.

During her job shadowing, it was announced that Nelson Mandela had passed away. This was a huge global news story and Zubee was invited to do background research that contributed to CNN’s broadcasted coverage.

Zubee, who has been a participant of Leonard Cheshire’s Can Do programme for the past six months, said: “In my experience, it has been very difficult to find a job. However, if you wish to pursue a career in the media, job shadowing is a great way to get your foot in the door and experience what happens behind the scenes of a newsroom, like CNN. I hope this encourages other media outlets to offer opportunities like this for disabled people.

Nick Hart, Head of CSR for Turner Broadcasting Europe commented, “This company owes its success to the fact that its channels appeal to every section of society and part of the way that we have achieved this is by having staff as diverse as our audiences. That’s what we mean by Turner For All and this philosophy runs throughout the company and on our channels from CNN to Cartoon Network”.

Natalie Varney, Corporate Officer at Leonard Cheshire Disability, adds: “We are delighted to be working with Turner Broadcasting to offer young disabled people the opportunity to get some valuable experience in television news, which can be a difficult field to break into. We hope that more disabled people will take up this opportunity.”

If you would like to know more about Can Do or the job shadow opportunities please contact: Jemma Shaw, Can Do National Manager, on 077383 29275 or email: jemma.shaw@lcdisability.org.

Leonard Cheshire Disability is one of the UK’s largest voluntary sector providers of services to disabled people. We support thousands of people with physical and learning disabilities in the UK and we work with Cheshire partner organisations in 54 countries around the world. We campaign for change and provide innovative services that give disabled people the opportunity to live life their way. Visit www.LCDisability.org

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