For the new year, set new expectations
Meet Erin Gannon, media host. Erin has emerged over the past two years as a leading voice for people with disabilities: “Some people have all different kinds of disabilities,” she says in a new video by Heinz Endowments highlighting her work. “There’s people out there who don’t understand it and treat you
So far, Erin has used that opportunity to create a podcast that has won two Golden Quill awards from the Press Club of Western Pennsylvania. She has told the stories of people in her life, even interviewing her parents about what it was like to raise a child with a disability. At the same time, she has started working in communications at Achieva, a disabilities service group.
The reality is that while Erin does do some things differently because she has Down syndrome,
technology has given her a chance to tell stories to wider audiences. Jennifer Swezda Jordan, a project manager working with the CMI, started the All-Abilities Media project
to help Erin and people like her to learn journalism skills.
As we lean into another new year, Erin reminds us of the potential we all have to break down barriers and to set new expectations by innovating. The CMI plans to push boundaries in 2020 by bringing together regional media outlets for a collaborative reporting project, encouraging more original reporting in places where local journalism is lacking, and supporting the work that Erin and Jennifer are doing to give more people the abilities to tell our stories. We hope that you will join us.
– Director Andrew Conte and CMI staff