Accessibility in Media: Tip Sheet & Resources

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What is accessibility?

According to the BBC, accessibility is used to describe "whether a product (for example, a website, mobile site, digital TV interface or application) can be used by people of all abilities and disabilities."

For journalism in particular, accessibility issues could include any of the following:

Why is accessibility important?

If you don't care about it, a large group of people will never be able to access or experience the content you create. For example:

But remember that accessibility isn't just about permanent or semi-permanent visual, auditory, motor and cognitive disabilities. You're also making your products accessible for the person who wants to catch up on a video on a noisy train or a person who wants to get the news of the day while running errands — e.g. temporary or situational accessibility.

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And at the end of the day, even if you don't care about any of the above, depending on where you work and what you're doing, you could be legally required to care.

What areas of journalism should be thinking about accessibility?

The short answer is everyone! But more specifically, here are a few groups in particular and some prompts to get you thinking.


Accessibility guidelines/resources from news organizations
Good reads
Web accessibility tutorials
Alt text guidelines
Colors and design
Screen readers and voiceover
Closed captioning and audio description resources
Social media
Testing tools
Resources/guidelines from other industries
Interesting examples