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Media Forum

Interview: John Hoffman

You know, what I'm hoping to hear, not specifically from the panel, is some of the reporting methods that have been around for years that have been still using some antiquated old language that dates back to, you know, prior to World War II.

And words do matter when you're starting to report, and you're using words again, like I said earlier, that they're antiquated and out of date, and it really does kill the message that you're trying to send. You might have a beautiful piece, but when you start to use some language that absolutely makes zero sense to the population that's out there that are reading it, you know, your message is lost.

Still, there's an equitable issue that's still been around since 1975, and then before that as well, too often you see that we're not including people with disabilities.

For example, in employment, right? You have those folks who might have mental health concerns are actually... that aren't part of a waivered system are... 85% of them are unemployed. Hopefully by exposing some of the issues that we see throughout our system, that we can start exposing some equitable concerns that we've had for years, and that we continually have to this day.

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