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Pushing back against ageism, one story at a time



11 a.m. CT/noon ET Thursday, Oct. 13

Ageism is pervasive in our society. And journalists can be as guilty as anyone else of perpetuating ageist tropes. But despite the barrage of negative messages that come at us at home, at work, and even at the supermarket, aging isn’t something sad or depressing that old people do. It’s how we move through life from birth to death; everyone is doing it; and more of us are doing more of it than ever before.

Join author and activist Ashton Applewhite as we discuss ageism and how journalists can avoid ageist stereotypes in their reporting and depict aging in accurate and nuanced ways.

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Ashton Applewhite

Liz Seegert

An internationally recognized expert on ageism, Ashton Applewhite is the author of "This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism" and a co-founder of the Old School Anti-Ageism Clearinghouse. She speaks widely at venues that have included the United Nations and the TED mainstage, has written for Harper’s, the Guardian, and the New York Times, and is at the forefront of the emerging movement to raise awareness of ageism and to dismantle it.