Journalists rethinking how to describe people in crime stories

From DodgertonSkillhause on Morguefile

Poynter is writing this week about how some newsrooms are changing the words they use to describe people in the criminal justice system. in order to replace dehumanizing language.

Person-first language is a linguistic prescription that puts a person’s humanity above other identity labels, with the intent of avoiding marginalization or dehumanization. It first gained traction in the disability rights and medical spheres, where disabilities and diagnoses were often conflated with identities. Advocates began to shy away from labels such as “diabetic” in favor of “person with diabetes.”

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