July 22, 2014

CALL FOR ENTRIES: OneMinutesJr - CRC@25 video challenge

What do Child Rights mean to you? Tell us in a video!   

As the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child approaches in November 2014, we want to hear from you. From declining infant mortality to rising school enrolment, more children are realizing their basic rights. But this historic milestone must also serve as an urgent reminder that there’s still a long road ahead. Too many children still don’t enjoy their full rights!            

The OneMinutesJr video challenge is open to young people up to the age of 20. We’re asking you to get creative and produce a 60-second film (with title and credits) on a theme related to child rights.    

YouTube will be the only channel for submissions. Upload your video on YouTube and send the link to tomjr@unicef.org, with your full name, your age and the country where you live. You can record your video with or without sound and it can be in any language, as long as the video is subtitled in English.  

Launch of the competition: Mid-July 2014 
Deadline for video submission: 15 September 2014

If your entry is among the top videos selected, you will be asked to submit a blog post on our Voices of Youth platform where you’ll explain your work in detail and share what inspired you to produce the video.     

Learn more about the OneMinutesJr project and check out what others have already done!           

July 15, 2014

NEWS: Welcome KUOW's Summer 2014 RadioActive Youth Producers

Inspiring work! We're all ears!

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KUOW's RadioActive Youth Media is proud to once again offer our summer radio journalism workshop!

Eight students, ages 16-18, are spending six weeks learning what it means to be a journalist and gaining the skills they need to create radio stories.

These youth producers do all of the research, interviews, writing, voicing and editing toproduce feature stories and podcasts for KUOW. Look for their stories starting July 22!

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July 11, 2014

NEWS: NHK to air 10 children’s docos on 10th anniversary of ABU project

Japanese public broadcaster NHK has announced its schedule for airing young people's drama from 10 Asia-Pacific countries to celebrate the 10thanniversary of the ABU Children's Drama Co-production Series.

NHK says it has scheduled the short dramas on NHK Educational TV over five days from 28 July to 1 August 2014 to demonstrate its support for young drama producers across the region.

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CALL FOR ENTRIES: Riga City Festival 2014

Screencity Lab (http://screencitylab.net) in collaboration with Interactionfield is preparing an urban screening event in the context of the Waterpieces Festival (http://www.noass.lv/udensgabali) and the Riga City Festival 2014 (http://www.rigassvetki.lv), part of the European Capital of Culture program.

* The screening will be around 15-17 August 2014
* Submission deadline: 21 July 2014
* http://screencitylab.net/projects/191-call-for-works.html

We are looking for videos to be selected according to following sections:

City as context
A collection of shorts (video art, animation, live action) made for the medium of urban screen to be played in a the city context of the centre of Riga. Set into the everyday life, the videos should work without sound and catch the attention of a heterogeneous audience passing by.

- the video will be screened for 2 days without sound in a loop
- maximum length: 5 minutes

City as a character
A collection of narrative shorts (video art, animation, live action) in which the city acts not just as a background but as a character in the story. We want to show how the urban environment that surrounds us plays an important role in our way of life and shapes our thinking and perception.

- the video will be screened with sound as a single screening event
- maximum length: 10 minutes

General submission requirements
- video format: H.264/MPEG-4
- one hi-res still image
- submitted works must be accompanied by the entry form
- all entries must be received by July 21st, 2014
- for the selection process please send a link to your video or send the file to the attention of Lorenzo Gerbi preferably via WeTransfer - loregerbi@gmail.com

JOBS: European Youth Press looking for a Secretary General

The European Youth Press (EYP) is seeking a highly motivated and experienced person to fill the position of Secretary General.

The selected candidate will be requested to work full-time for EYP at our secretariat in Brussels and is, under the guidance of the executive board, responsible for:

  • The co-management, organisation and implementation of EYP projects, workshops, seminar, campaigns and other EYP-related activities;
  • External representation at different events, organisations and political institutions in the Brussels area;
  • External communication and support for Member Organisations of the EYP;
  • The administration of the organisation, including basic financial management together with the book-keeper and treasurer;
  • Identifying and writing grant and project proposals;
  • Daily office work, including the supervision of EYP interns

In addition, the ideal candidate will have:

  • Experience in project management and administration;
  • Experience in non-governmental organisations, preferably on a European level;
  • Basic knowledge of finances and book-keeping;
  • Experience in writing grant applications, ideally for EU grants;
  • Excellent written and spoken command of English knowledge of other languages, in particular French, is an asset;
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office and be familiar with online communication
  • A strong interest in the media, prior experience in media making is desirable;
  • At least a Bachelor degree

More info here

Applications should be sent to applications@youthpress.org (Subject: Application Secretary General) until 22 July 2014, 23:59 CET.

July 8, 2014


YOUKI, Austria's biggest up-and-coming media festival, is looking for your films again.

Follow these links to view the 
competitive conditions of YOUKI 16 and to find our film submission form.

For any further questions concerning International Film Competition, please contact 

World Young Reader Prize Competition

Paris, France and Darmstadt, Germany, 7 July 2014
For immediate release

Still Time to Enter World Young Reader Prize Competition
The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) is seeking projects and initiatives that attract people under 25 to news for its World Young Reader Prizes, which will honour those who reach younger news consumers and understand their changing habits and needs.
With the deadline a week away on 15 July, there is still time to enter; full details can be found at http://www.wan-ifra.org/worldyoungreaderprize

The World Young Reader Prizes are part of WAN-IFRA’s efforts to recognise, encourage and disseminate innovative ideas and thinking to help build stronger and more vital news media. World Young Reader Prize winning strategies are celebrated and shared as they benefit not only the media companies and their young audiences but also society as a whole.

Four new categories have been added this year to reflect the changing media habits of young people, the evolving media environment and the new players who can help in the effort:

--  “Digital First”; for the news publisher that most creatively engages the young through mobile telephones, tablets and other digital devices. The category is supported by CCI Europe;

-- “Going Green,” supported by Germany’s GreenTEC Campus, which will honour projects that give the young guidance and hope for improving the environment;

--  “Playing with News”, for inventive activities that teach 10- to 14-year-olds about the news by getting them involved in the news process.  Denmark’s Capital of Children is supporting this category;

-- “A Great Help”, for a win-win partnership with a financial supporter that helps sustain excellence in news publisher engagement and service of youth.

The new categories join the core Young Reader Prize categories of brand, editorial, enduring excellence, learning with the news, public service, the Natasa Prize award for printing plants and World Young Reader Newspaper of the Year. All categories call for activities that target people under age 25.

Full details are available at http://www.wan-ifra.org/worldyoungreaderprize

WAN-IFRA, based in Paris, France, and Darmstadt, Germany, with subsidiaries in Singapore and India, is the global organisation of the world’s newspapers and news publishers. It represents more than 18,000 publications, 15,000 online sites and over 3,000 companies in more than 120 countries. Its core mission is to defend and promote press freedom, quality journalism and editorial integrity and the development of prosperous businesses.

Inquiries to: Dr. Aralynn McMane, executive director for youth engagement and news literacy, WAN-IFRA, 96 bis, rue Beaubourg, 75003 Paris France. Tel: +33 1 47 42 85 00. Fax: +33 1 42 78 92 33. E-mail: worldyoungreaderprize@wan-ifra

July 3, 2014

NEWS: Children watch too many imported television programmes, warns regulator (UK)

Ed Richards, the chief executive of Ofcom which regulates television in the UK, told MPs that the amoount of home-grown children's programmes on British television was 'not as good as it would ideally be'.

Children watch too many imported children’s television programmes, according to the media regulator.

Ed Richards, the chief executive of media regulator Ofcom, told MPs that the amount of home-grown children’s programmes on British television was “not as good as it would ideally be”.

He told MPs on the Culture, Media and Sport committee: “It would a lot worse if you did not have the BBC and there was a complete vacuum and essentially we just had poor quality or exclusively imports of children’s programme from other countries.”

Mr Richards said it remained “absolutely essential” that the BBC was “seriously committed to original British children’s production.

He said: “The BBC is at its best when it is also being challenged by innovation, development, high quality programmes from other companies as well.

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July 2, 2014

ARTICLES: A budding young journalist puts herself in the picture

It was only 10 am when I arrived at Garmawa camp, 35km south-west of the city of Dohuk, but the sun was shining bright and the temperature was already very hot.  As we wiped the sweat off our brows, my colleague explained the camp’s apt name: “In Kurdish, ‘garm’ means hot and ‘awa’ means water.”

Garmawa is a new camp being set up to accommodate up to 10,000 of the approximately 200,000 Internally Displaced Persons, who fled into Dohuk Governorate because of the violence spreading across central and northern Iraq.

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REPORTS: Sensationalist media coverage skewing children’s ability to assess online risk

Sensationalist media coverage of online risks such as cyberbullying or the dangers of meeting an online 'friend' offline, may be acting as a barrier to effectively educating children on e-safety, a new report has claimed.
The report, released Monday 2 June from the EU Kids Online project based  at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), explores how children between the ages of 9-16 across Europe experience the internet.
The findings reveal that children are strongly influenced by the media's often  sensationalist reporting of certain online risks, despite the fact that these are in reality less likely to be experienced by the majority of online users.
This can lead to them focusing more attention on these potential risks than those  they are more likely to experience, such as exposure to violent or sexual content, which is in reality a more common online problem reported by children, or witnessing or receiving nasty messages.