August 22, 2006

DISCUSSIONS: Getting youth involved in journalism (GLOBAL)

Join the Discussion: Getting youth involved in journalism

21/08/2006

Dear Colleagues,

Children are affected by most of the top stories covered by journalists today ? from HIV/AIDS to environmental disasters. However, many would argue that even when reporters place a priority on covering children?s issues, the perspective of children is missing unless young people have the opportunity to actively practice journalism.

Moreover, when youth gain experience reporting, news organizations are able to recruit skilled local talent.

What opportunities are available in your country for young people interested in journalism? What are the benefits of encouraging young people to pursue journalism at an early age?
How can media groups encourage young people to get involved in the field?

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Thank you for participating. 

Sincerely,
The IJNet Team

SOURCE: http://www.ijnet.org/Director.aspx?P=Article&ID=305424&LID=1

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August 18, 2006

OPPORTUNITIES / ESSAY CONTEST: This I Believe Essay Project (GLOBAL)

This I Believe Essay Project

The Global Youth Fund is pleased to partner with This I Believe, Inc. to launch a new international essay project for youth.

This September, we invite young people (ages 13-25) from around the world to begin submitting short essays about their personal philosophies and the core values and beliefs that guide them day to day. We?re especially interested in hearing what young people have to say about our world?s most critical challenges. Global Youth Fund?s This I Believe project is based on the 1950s radio program by the same name. Hosted by journalist Edward R. Murrow on CBS Radio, the original This I Believe invited Americans from all walks of life to stand up for their beliefs - in order to resist the ?cloud of fear? that was beginning to envelop them in an ?age of confusion.?

Today?s youth live in equally challenging times. All around them, national, religious, and cultural barriers are breaking down. Identities and beliefs are constantly being tested. Now more than ever, we need to ask ourselves, ?What do I believe??

Global Youth Fund invites submissions from all youth (between ages 13 and 25), regardless of race, ethnicity, creed, or sexual orientation. The essays can be written in English, French, Spanish, or Chinese. All essays meeting our guidelines will be made available on GYF?s website. A committee of judges will also select 25 of the best essays to record for GYF?s podcast and to distribute through other media outlets.

This essay project marks the official start of Global Youth Fund?s revolutionary effort to create the world?s first democratic fund, giving young global citizens a forum to set collective priorities and achieve common goals.

What You Can Do

Submit essays (between 350 and 500 words) to essay@globalyouthfund.org

Spread the word. Tell your friends and classmates.

Visit our website: www.globalyouthfund.org

Global Youth Fund - www.globalyouthfund.org - info@globalyouthfund.org - This I Believe Essay Project

The Global Youth Fund

Invest in the Wisdom of Youth

SOURCE: http://www.npr.org/thisibelieve/guide.html

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ARTICLES: Explaining the News to Our Kids

Explaining the News to Our Kids

August 17, 2006

By Liz Perle

How do we talk with our kids about the images and content of recent world events? The wall-to-wall media coverage of both the attempted plane bombings and the war in Lebanon can trigger anxieties -- especially with repetitive viewings on local news (where most kids still get their information) and on the Internet.

But depending on your kids' ages and temperaments, a good talk may be good medicine. Having kids keep scared feelings to themselves can be more emotionally damaging than open discussion, say the experts at The NYU Child Study Center.

Here are a few guidelines to help you manage the news with your family:

Reasure your children that they are safe. Tell your kids that terrorism is designed to make people afraid out of proportion to the actual danger. But remember that your kids will look to the way you handle your reactions to determine their own approaches. If you stay calm and considered, they will, too.

Keep the news away from kids under 7. Turn off the TV and radio news at the top of the hour and half hour. Read the newspaper out of range of young eyes that can be frightened by the pictures. Preschool children don't need to see or hear about something that will only scare them silly, especially because they can easily confuse facts with fantasies or fears.

At this age, kids are most concerned with your safety and separation from you. They will also respond strongly to pictures of other young children in jeopardy. Try not to minimize or discount their concerns and fears, but reassure them by explaining all the protective measures that exist to keep them safe. If you're flying somewhere with them, explain that extra security is a good thing.

For kids 8-12, carefully consider your child's maturity and temperament. Many kids can handle a discussion of threatening events, but if your children tend toward the anxious, be sure to keep them away from the TV news; repetitive images and stories can make dangers appear greater, more prevalent, and closer to home.

At this age, many kids will see the morality of events in stark black-and-white terms and are in the process of developing their moral beliefs. You may have to explain the basics of prejudice, bias, and civil and religious strife. Be careful about making generalizations, though, since kids will take what you say to the bank. This is a good time to ask them what they know, since they'lll probably have gotten their information from friends, and you may have to correct facts.

FULL ARTICLE http://www.commonsensemedia.org/parent_tips/commonsense_view/index.php?id=149

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August 17, 2006

PHOTO / OPPORTUNITIES / CONTESTS: Cantrabria +10

Cantabria +10
 
Cantabria +10 is an international photo-contest in which young people are invited to portrait themselves in different situations, in a crossroad between documentary and photo-journalism style. The purpose of the contest is to make the lifestyles of the European youngsters more visible for the whole of the society. We encourage young people to self-portrait the way they are, with no other intermediate than their cameras, in any of the suggested categories.
 
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RESEARCH: TV 'can numb pain for children'

TV 'can numb pain for children'
Watching television may act as a natural painkiller for children, Italian research indicates.

A University of Siena team studied the level of pain reported by 69 children aged between seven and 12 as they gave blood samples.

Some were distracted by their mothers during the procedure, some had no distraction and some watched cartoons.

Those who watched TV reported least pain, the study - published in Archives of Disease in Childhood - said.

 
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Big interview: A voice for young people - Lura Hughes, head of youth, Unicef UK

Big interview: A voice for young people - Lura Hughes, head of youth, Unicef UK
By Charlotte Goddard - 16/08/06
Think of Unicef and the images that come to mind are children in impoverished countries and areas that have suffered national disasters.

But the organisation, which became a permanent agency of the United Nations in 1953, has a wide remit to "support young people, wherever they are, in making informed decisions about their own lives, and to build a world in which all children live in dignity and security". By appointing its first head of youth at the beginning of the year, Unicef UK hopes to educate young people in this country about the work it does for their peers elsewhere in the world, and to ensure that young people are able to contribute to the organisation.

"Underlying all our work is the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child," explains Lura Hughes, who previously worked for Girlguiding UK and The Prince's Trust. "Unicef UK recognised that it is important not only to fundraise for projects in developing countries that help young people gain skills and take an active role in society, but also to replicate that in the UK."

Unicef's head of education appointed a youth officer three years ago, recognising that the organisation needed to widen its traditional educational focus on schools. "We saw there was a lot to be done in terms of engaging young people in a non-formal setting," says Hughes. The organisation commissioned a consultancy that recommended the formation of a stand-alone youth team, now five-strong, which appointed young people as advisers. The 11- to 17-year-olds, who meet at least four times a year, advise the youth team on the creation of resources. Some advisers write columns for their local newspapers. One spent a week this summer working in the Unicef office on an offering for 18- to 25-year-olds. "Some advisers have turned 18 so we are developing an 18-25 offer and recruiting new youth advisers," says Hughes.

(...)

- Lura Hughes was appointed as Unicef UK's head of youth in January this year

- She previously worked as programme development manager at Girlguiding UK where her remit covered five- to 25-year-olds

- She has also worked as programme support officer at The Prince's Trust, where she oversaw the organisation's Team and Business programmes and developed a quality assurance toolkit.

 
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August 16, 2006

NEWS: Newly-organized child-friendly press corps commits to uphold child rights (PHILIPPINES)

Newly-organized child-friendly press corps commits to uphold child rights

By Cathy Apelacio

General Santos City (15 August) -- Children can now find solace in the arms of the Fourth Estate as the newly-formed Child-Friendly Press Corps has committed to protect the rights of the child in whatever way they can.

The press corps vowed to uphold and help promote the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), adopted in November 20, 1989 by UN General Assembly, which spells out the rights of children to survival, protection, development, and participation in governance.

Sarangani provincial government in cooperation with Philippine Information Agency and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)-Sixth Country Programme for Children (CPC 6) organized Thursday a group of media into a Child-Friendly Press Corps to help shore up the advocacy on CRC as well as popularize child-related undertakings in the province.

FULL ARTICLE AT http://www.pia.gov.ph/news.asp?fi=p060815.htm&no=17

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RESEARCH: The youth: their thoughts and aspirations (INDIA)

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Media image

The standard media image of the youth is that of trendy, gadget-wielding, metropolitan boys and girls. A nationwide survey such as this reminds us of how far reality is from this image. Only one out of six Indian youth has a personal mobile phone or a two-wheeler ? possibly, the two most coveted consumer goods. Only three per cent have an internet connection at home. This figure goes up to seven per cent if all those who have access to the internet are included.

Access to such goods and technologies is strongly determined by location and the economic condition of the family. Urban upper class youth are nearly 10 times more likely to possess these in comparison with those who fall within the lower half of the rural population.

Information divide

There is an information divide between rural and urban youth. A little over half the respondents say they read newspapers. The number of those who watch news on television is a little higher. However, youth are more exposed to the media than elders. They also access entertainment on television and in cinema halls in greater numbers. But even here there is a clear rural-urban divide, further accentuated by class divisions. It is worth noting that less than one-fifth of the respondents have read any book other than those prescribed in their syllabi.

The Indian youth are still far from entering the `information age.' This is reflected in their level of awareness. Nearly one-third of those polled could not say what August 15 was all about. Forty per cent failed to identify the year in which India became independent. And three-fourths had not heard of the Emergency. While the responses are closely linked to educational qualifications, the awareness level of graduates leaves much to be desired. More respondents knew about Valentine's Day than about the Emergency.

Class conditions aspirations. Respondents were asked to cite the monthly income that would be sufficient to meet the needs of themselves and the family. Fifty seven per cent mentioned a figure up to Rs. 5,000 a month. Among the rural lower classes, three-fourths were satisfied with this. Only one out of seven mentioned a figure in excess of Rs. 10,000 a month (five per cent among rural lower class and 50 per cent among the urban well-to-do).

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Graphics to the study: http://www.thehindu.com/youth.pdf
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August 14, 2006

ARTICLES / BOOKS: Why TV is Good for Kids

Why TV is Good for Kids

August 12, 2006

Why TV is Good for Kids
By Catharine Lumby and Duncan Fine
Macmillan, 314pp, $32.95

MARK Twain is quoted as saying, "I've had a lot of catastrophes in my life and some of them actually happened." Indeed, amid public fears, partisan debates and misinformation, it is increasingly hard to sort out what are real and imagined threats to our social, psychological, physical and spiritual wellbeing.

We are regularly confronted by issues about which we are encouraged to be worried. Some would call them panics and many of them involve children. Included on the list are childhood obesity, crime and violence, drug and sexual abuse, and falling educational standards.

Television is often singled out as an influential medium through which these problems propagate themselves, so it is somewhat surprising to find a book entitled Why TV is Good for Kids. Written by Catharine Lumby and Duncan Fine, it is classified as nonfiction. Of course, those who work in the biomedical and social sciences know that much of what at one time passes for nonfiction is later seen as fiction. Perhaps literature needs a new classification called opinion.

Why TV is Good for Kids refers to many panics that grip the community but have a particular predilection for well-meaning but increasingly anxious parents. The book seeks to inform and reassure, and to some extent it does. Much of the cited research is interesting and challenges accepted beliefs that parents should be so worried about their children.

FULL ARTICLE AT http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,20867,20058971-5003900,00.html

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EVENTS: Youth discuss impact of globalisation (QATAR)

Youth discuss impact of globalisation
Web posted at: 8/13/2006 2:59:57
Source ::: THE PENINSULA

Doha ? Qatar marked the International Youth Day yesterday with an open discussion involving a group of Qatari youth ? male and female ? on the impact of new technology and globalisation on the younger generation in the country.

The forum, organised by the youth department at the Supreme Council for Family Affairs (SCFA) ended with a call to strengthen family values and enhance the creative role of youth in Qatari society.

FULL ARTICLE AT http://www.thepeninsulaqatar.com/Display_news.asp?section=Local_News&subsection=Qatar+News&month=August2006&file=Local_News2006081325957.xml

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August 11, 2006

EVENTS: UNESCO supports MTV's first multi-platform film competition on HIV and AIDS prevention

UNESCO supports MTV?s first multi-platform film competition on HIV and AIDS prevention
Competition Empowers 48 Youths to Tell Their Own Stories about HIV and AIDS at the XVI International AIDS Conference in Toronto, 14-16 August 2006.
     

UNESCO
11-08-2006 7:00

Within the framework of UNESCO?s Global Network of Young TV Producer?s on HIV and AIDS and as part of MTV International?s ongoing HIV and AIDS prevention campaign, Staying Alive, the fortyeightfest competition is a first-time event that gives 48 youths, mainly from developing countries, 48-hours to write, shoot, edit and deliver three-minute short films on HIV and AIDS grassroots efforts during the Toronto XVI International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2006) 14-16 August 2006.

"Fortyeightfest gives young filmmakers the unique opportunity of telling their own stories about HIV and AIDS in their own voice,? said Georgia Arnold, Vice President, Public Affairs, MTV Networks International. ?At MTV, we believe one of the strongest ways to deliver HIV and AIDS prevention messages is to empower our viewers to talk about HIV and AIDS, enable them to use their creativity, and give them a platform to share their voice with their peers.?

The fortyeightfest competition will be broken into eight teams of six filmmakers from all over the world, who are also youth delegates to AIDS 2006. Each team will be assigned to create a 3-minute film that focuses on one of eight HIV and AIDS-themed subjects, including condom use, delaying or abstaining from sex, machismo, testing, violence against women, discrimination, stigma, and vulnerable populations.

The teams will each be accompanied by a professional filmmaker, who will serve as a mentor and will help the contestants to sharpen their skills across all areas of filmmaking. The short films will then be compiled into a 30-minute documentary that will showcase the films as well as behind-the-scenes footage as the young filmmakers progress through their many stages of film production.

On August 17, all of the shorts will be screened by the contestants, their mentors and AIDS 2006 delegates. The films will be critiqued by a distinguished panel of judges including Peter Piot, Executive Director, UNAIDS, Christina Norman, President, MTV Networks International; Susanne Boyce, CTV President of Programming and Chair of the CTV Media Group as well as hiphop artist K'Naan, urban R&B vocalist Mya, and youth activist Rachel Ong.

The winner will receive a fortyeightfest award and a digital camera.at MTV?s Masonic Temple in Toronto on August 17 at 9 p.m.

The fortyeightfest short films and documentary will be made available for broadcast across MTV?s network of TV channels, broadband services and websites as well as for rights-free and cost-free worldwide broadcast to third party broadcasters in September 2006.

Fortyeightfest is supported by a consortium of partners and donors including the Canadian International Development Agency, UNAIDS, UNFPA, UNESCO and The Kaiser Family Foundation. The event is hosted by MTV in Canada.


www.staying-alive.org
MTV Canada

SOURCE: http://portal.unesco.org/ci/en/ev.php-URL_ID=22675&URL_DO=DO_PRINTPAGE&URL_SECTION=201.html
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NEWS: Accent on media role in information age (INDIA)

Accent on media role in information age

Staff Reporter

CHENNAI: Yuva Shakthi, a non-political, voluntary organisation, the Media Science department of the Anna University and the youth wing of the Red Cross of the University organised a seminar on `Youth and Media' here on Monday.

Speaking at the inaugural ceremony, vice chancellor of the Anna University D.Viswanathan said the media played a very important role in the information age. "The media caters to the needs of different sections of society," he said.

FULL ARTICLE AT http://www.hindu.com/2006/08/10/stories/2006081019070500.htm

 

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RESEARCH: Young drive 'radical media shift'

Young drive 'radical media shift'
The "networked generation" is driving a radical shift in media consumption, says UK telecoms regulator Ofcom.

Sixteen to 24 year olds are spurning television, radio and newspapers in favour of online services, says the regulator's study.

 
 
 
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August 10, 2006

EVENTS: RECYouth Multi-Media Festival 2006!!!

RECYouth Multi-Media Festival 2006!!!

In order to showcase and celebrate RECYouth-produced work, we are proud to present the third annual RECYouth Multi Media Festival!!!

Thursday, August 24th, 2006,
Chelsea Clearview Cinema West
333 W. 23rd St, Manhattan
7pm, doors at 6pm

FREE! w/reservation (Contact us to reserve your seat!)

The festival will feature digital video and audio projects produced by NYC youth (19 and under) participating in RECYouth programs city-wide, selected by a jury of RECYouth participants and celebrity judges.

SUMMER MEDIA WORKSHOPS:
RECYouth Festival Media Workshops will take place throughout July and August and are free to youth ages 14-19. Pre-registration required. Check back regularly for updates. These workshops are free to youth 14-20.
Complete our contact form to register. Be sure to Include the workshop you're interested in, your name, phone number and age.

Friday, July 21st, 3-5pm:
Animation Collective -
Tour the Animation Collective, a leading producer of animated content for television and film.
Meet @ Chelsea Recreation Center, 430 w. 25th St, Manhattan

Friday, August 4th, 3-6pm:
VJ 101
- Learn from a professional VJ how to scratch video clips.
Redhook Recreation Center, 155 Bay St, Redhook, Brooklyn

August 14th, 3:30-5:30pm
Improv and Acting
- New York actor and Blue Man Group member Michael Rahall teaches the finer points of acting and getting laughs.
Chelsea Recreation Center, 430 w. 25th St, Manhattan

Saturday, August 12th, 3pm - 9pm
MNN Youth Channel Block Party
- Join other youth organizations, media and music industry special guests for a summer block party. Featuring live performances, food, workshops and an outdoor screening.
Jackie Robinson Recreation Center, 145th St @ Bradhurst Avenue, Harlem

Wednesday, August 16th, 4pm - 6pm
REMIX Culture -
DJ, journalist and author Matt Mason teaches the history of the remix, and how to apply the concept anywhere.
St. John's Recreation Center, 1251 Prospect Place, Crown Heights, Brooklyn

Thursday, August 17th, 2pm - 3:30pm
Monty Ross Speaks -
Producer, actor and director Monty Ross, of 40 Acres & A Mule Productions talks about his work with Spike Lee and others.
Redhook Recreation Center, 155 Bay St, Redhook, Brooklyn

Thursday, August 17th, 7pm - 9pm
Screening: Raising Victor Vargas -
Director Peter Sollett and co-writer Eva Vives present their award-winning film about a young man coming of age on the Lower East Side. The film was shot in and around the Hamilton Fish Recreation Center, so we're showing it there! Q & A to follow. Teens 13-17 must have written permission or be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Hamilton Fish Recreation Center, 128 Pitt St, Lower East Side, Manhattan

Friday, August 18th, Time TBD
New Media Magazine -
Crème Magazine co-founders Dominga Martin and Gladymir Levèille founder talk about new media, marketing, design, and what it takes to get yourself out there. Learn how to create and take advantage of the opportunities offered to young people by new media.
Hamilton Fish Recreation Center, 128 Pitt St, Lower East Side, Manhattan

SOURCE: http://nycgovparks.org/sub_things_to_do/crc/recyouth/festival.html

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August 9, 2006

ONLINE DISCUSSION: "The elimination of all forms of discrimination and violence against the girl child"

http://www.un.org/womenwatch/daw/forum/forum-daw-disc_viol_girlchild.htm

An online discussion on the theme of ?The elimination of all forms of discrimination and violence against the girl child? is being organised by the Division for the Advancement of Women, Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations. The discussion will run for four weeks from 14 August to 8 September 2006.

The purpose of the online discussion is to contribute to a further understanding of the causes and consequences of all forms of discrimination and violence against the girl child and to identify good practices and further strategies required to accelerate the elimination of these violations of the human rights of girls.

Contributions to the online discussion will provide the background information to a meeting of experts convened by the Division for the Advancement of Women in collaboration with UNICEF at the UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre in Florence, Italy from 25 to 28 September 2006, to discuss this theme.

The online discussion and the expert group meeting are part of the preparatory process for the 51st session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in March 2007, which will consider ?The elimination of all forms of discrimination and violence against the girl child? as its priority theme.

Background

The issue of discrimination and violence against the girl child has drawn increasing attention from the international community during the past decade. The 1990 World Summit on Children, the Beijing Platform for Action and the outcome of the twenty-third special session of the General Assembly have all addressed the issue.

There is recognition that discrimination and violence against girls begins at the earliest stages of life and continues unabated throughout their lives. Girls often have less access to nutrition, physical and mental health care and education and enjoy fewer rights, opportunities and benefits of childhood and adolescence than boys. They are often subjected to various forms of exploitation, including sexual exploitation, violence and harmful practices such as female infanticide and prenatal sex selection, incest, female genital mutilation/cutting,  early marriage and forced marriage.  

The ten-year review of the implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action, undertaken in 2005, acknowledged significant progress in the advancement of the girl child, especially in the recognition of her rights.  However, it noted that discrimination against girls in everyday life remains pervasive and there is an urgent need for concerted action.

Themes of the online discussion

The online discussion is scheduled to begin on 14 August and to continue for four weeks. Each of the first three weeks of the discussion will be devoted to one theme, while the last week will provide the opportunity to raise additional issues and wrap up.

  • Week One: August 14 ? Protection of the girl child; girls in vulnerable situations
  • Week Two: 21 August ? Empowerment of the girl child
  • Week Three: 28 August ? Monitoring progress - data and statistics on the girl child
  • Week Four: 4 September ? Other issues and wrap up

To register, go to: http://www.un.org/womenwatch/daw/forum/forum-daw-disc_viol_girlchild.htm. Interested individuals are encouraged to register before 7 August 2006. They will receive an email with a username and password before the start of the online discussion. Any questions should be sent to Mr. Rajkumar Cheney Krishnan (cheneykrishnan@un.org) at the Division for the Advancement for Women. 

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August 8, 2006

EVENTS: 7th World Young Reader Conference (2007)

7th World Young Reader Conference

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

Making New Connections
7th World Young Reader Conference
25 to 28 March 2007
Capitol Hilton Hotel in Washington, DC, USA


With an ever-expanding list of media and education, information and entertainment channels all competing for the attention and time of young people, newspapers must continuously rethink and revisit their traditional approaches and strategies for engaging young readers. The 7th World Young Reader Conference will explore the full range of new strategies and tactics newspapers need to adopt in order to successfully connect with a generation increasingly accustomed to satisfying their news and information needs on their own terms and through increasingly non-traditional means and methods.

Sessions will explore:

- A new, international WAN research effort focusing on what we know and need to know about how newspapers can effectively connect to the young.
- The very newest ways to approach newspapers in education projects based on the best of the best worldwide.
- Innovative best-practice content strategies that drive and encourage newspaper readership among youth and help develop an appreciation of news and its importance in their lives.
- Who?s got the best connections to young people and why: what newspapers can learn from those who have a strong record of success building relationships with young people.
- What newspapers must embrace or understand in order to ensure they are prepared to properly exploit the latest technological means and methods
of interacting with and delivering information to young people.
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PROJECTS: WAN promotes NIE at Kid's Festival (BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA)

WAN promotes NIE at Kid?s Festival in Bosnia and Herzegovina

WAN promoted its Newspapers in Education Development program sponsored by Norske Skog at this year?s 3rd annual Kid?s Festival in Bosnia and Herzegovina, an event meant to celebrate Bosnian unity among youth. The weeklong carnival in Sarajevo attracted some 30,000 Bosniak, Serb and Croat students and their teachers from all over the country who arrived daily by bus and special trains arranged for them. During its four-day visit, WAN also met with officials from the OSCE Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina, local NGO?s, and the organizer of the festival for preliminary discussion on how an NIE program can benefit the country?s young people.

The festival, which marked the end of the school-year and the beginning of summer holidays, included activities and workshops on everything from make-up to magic and dance classes from 57-year-old Swedish ?hip-hop granny? Jeannette Rene de Vreede, who said it?s never too late to learn some new moves. In addition, a daily mass gathering featuring performances by well-known Bosnian music celebrities, lots of cheering and crowd participation and an evening movie created the mood of a national pep rally, countering any potential feeling of division. Encounters with ambassadors and personnel from embassies with a presence in the country such as France, Italy, China, Turkey, Egypt, Pakistan and the United States added international appeal.

?I want them to realize that it?s a big, big world outside and Bosnia is a little country,? said organizer and promoter Susanne Prahl-Landzo, of the youth attending the event, many of whom were born either during or immediately after the war that tore the country apart along ethnic and cultural lines from 1992 to 1995. ?These differences get lost in the big world.? Exposure to all the foreign accents help them appreciate all that they have in common, such as their language, she said.

While Prahl-Landzo said she hoped the ideas behind the festival would ?spread like a virus,? WAN is considering how it might reach out to the country?s young readers. The environment is ripe for WAN's successful NIE projects, which use newspapers as a classroom resource to teach any subject, from math to critical thinking, while raising awareness about the importance of a free press in democracy.

?This is why we expose them to different cultures,? Prahl-Landzo said. ?I want them to realize that multi-ethnic doesn?t mean Serbs, Croats and Bosniaks. We need to break the idea of having these ethnic differences.?


Mildrade Cherfils
Young Reader Programmes
14 June 2006
 
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August 7, 2006

FUNDING: The Shaw Rocket Fund provides financing for the production of high quality Canadian children's, youth and family programming.

SHAW ROCKET FUND - FUNDING APPLICATION DEADLINE

SEPTEMBER 15, 2006

ALERT

For Immediate Release

July 25, 2006

WHAT: The Shaw Rocket Fund application deadline.

Funding guidelines are available at www.rocketfund.ca

WHO: The Shaw Rocket Fund provides financing for the production of high quality Canadian children?s,

youth and family programming. Canadian independent producers of film and television projects in

this genre are welcome to apply. See funding guidelines on the Rocket Fund website for

eligibility.

WHEN: Applications will be accepted from 4 weeks prior to the application deadline. Decisions on all

eligible applications will be made approximately 8 weeks after the deadline date.

HOW: Read and follow the funding guidelines at www.rocketfund.ca. In order to be considered an

eligible application the most current Application found on the website must be completed. All

documents listed on the Applicant Checklist must be included.

WHERE: Submit a completed application form and required documentation to:

Shaw Rocket Fund

Att: Leighsa Burmaster

Suite 900, 630 3rd Ave SW

Calgary, AB T2P 4L4

PH: (403) 750-4517

FX: (403) 750-4635

Email: info@rocketfund.ca

Since 1998, the Shaw Rocket Fund has invested more than $53.8 million in quality Canadian children?s television

and contributed to the production of 1,789 hours of original Canadian programming. Contributors to the Fund are

Shaw Communications, Shaw Pay Per View Ltd., a division of Shaw Cablesystems GP, Star Choice Television

Network Inc., EastLink Cablesystems, and Delta Cable Communications Ltd.

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ARTICLES: Community radio on wheels

Community radio on wheels

UP in the hills of Kothmale, about 25 kilometres southwest of Kandy in the central province of Sri Lanka, a strange vehicle can be seen sputtering along the dirt tracks of the villages. At first glance, it is an autorickshaw or tuktuk, a familiar sight on the roads of South Asia and as common on the streets of Sri Lanka as sarongs.

But this is no ordinary vehicle. This is eTukTuk, the world's first radio-station and multimedia centre on three wheels.
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MTV LATIN AMERICA PREMIERES "NOTICIAS MTV DOCU: VIH-SIDA, UNA CONFESIÓN A DIARIO," PRODUCED IN COLLABORATION WITH UNICEF

MTV LATIN AMERICA PREMIERES ?NOTICIAS MTV DOCU: VIH-SIDA, UNA CONFESIÓN A DIARIO,? PRODUCED IN COLLABORATION WITH UNICEF 

 

The Special Will Be Short-Screened and Made Available Free of Charge to Participating Affiliates at the ?GLOBAL MEDIA AIDS INITIATIVE? (GMAI) Conference to be Held in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil on August 8th, 2006

 

?Noticias MTV Docu: VIH-SIDA, Una Confesión a Diario? will air on MTV Latin America on August 9th at 10pm

 

AUGUST 2, 2006 MIAMI, FL?MTV Latin America in collaboration with UNICEF announced today the premier of their one-hour special, ?Noticias MTV Docu: VIH-SIDA, Una Confesión a Diario?, a documentary that explores the HIV/AIDS crisis through the candid eyes of the Latin American youth. The special will air on MTV Latin America on Wednesday, August 9 at 10pm, after being short-screened at this year?s ?Global Media AIDS Initiative? conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on August 8, where it will be made available free of charge to all participating broadcasters from around the world.

 

MTV Latin America?s ?Noticias MTV Docu? series stems from the network?s pro-social campaign, ?MTV Grita?, and it focuses on the social issues facing youth in Latin America. In 2005, the AIDS epidemic reached 1.6 million Latin American people, 59,000 of which died before year end. ?Noticias MTV Docu: VIH-SIDA, Una Confesión a Diario? offers viewers an exclusive window into the HIV/AIDS pandemic through candid interviews that feature affected couples, virgins, sex addicts, and individuals from the transgender, lesbian and gay community.  This documentary presents a great opportunity for Latin American youth to witness first hand the issues surrounding this disease and the stigma surrounding it, by casting a light on the reality of the AIDS epidemic and the courage of those afflicted with the disease. ?Noticias MTV Docu: VIH-SIDA, Una Confesión a Diario? will show real people living with HIV/AIDS talking about issues surrounding their livelihoods, the need for further assistance in halting the increasing number of people infected with the virus, the need for treatment and education on the stigma and discrimination surrounding the disease.

"For us it has been an eye opening experience to get an up-close look at the lives of the growing number of youth that are affected by HIV/AIDS, and we're confident that anyone who watches this special will feel the impact and get an insight into this often neglected reality," commented Michael Dagnery, Vice President of Production, MTV Networks Latin America.  ?We?re also extremely grateful and proud that these brave young people have chosen MTV as the platform to tell their stories.?

 

"We are still living in denial! Over 740,000 young people between the ages of 15 and 24 are already living with HIV/AIDS in Latin America and the Caribbean," said Nils Kastberg, UNICEF Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean. "Ending HIV/AIDS is about human rights- the right to be informed, to practice safe sex, to protect yourself, to get tested and to have access to treatment if they're positive. It's especially about ending violence against girls and women." Kastberg added, "We need to open our minds and hearts and focus on empowering youth; that's the message of this documentary and the message of the ?Unite for Children, Unite against AIDS? global campaign."

 

At the end of the special, MTV viewers will be directed to MTV?s broadband site, MTVRevolution.com, to view special coverage of the ?Unite for Children, Unite against AIDS? campaign launch in El Salvador hosted by Noticias MTV correspondent, Ilana Sod. To obtain more information on the issue of HIV/AIDS, and to view a list of support and help groups near you, please log on to www.mtvla.com/grita.

The Global Media AIDS Initiative was launched in January 2004 by UN Secretary General Kofi Annan. The initiative was developed by the Kaiser Family Foundation and UNAIDS. It aims to mobilize the media industry globally in the fight against the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Its strategy is to gain the commitment of media leaders in integrating HIV/AIDS messaging across programming (including: soap opera, talk shows, news, phone-ins and public service announcements), to give air time and page space to the issue, to put in place policies and training for staff on HIV/AIDS and to establish a formal corporate position on these commitments. Since the GMAI?s launch there have been 11 summits of media leaders and producers and over 100 companies from 62 countries have become involved.

 

The campaign Se(x) Tu Mismo forms part of MTV Latin America?s pro-social initiative, ?MTV Grita?, a social responsibility effort designed to motivate youth to express and inform themselves on the issues that affect them, as well as to inspire them to make positive changes in their lives and their communities. The campaign Se(x) Tu Mismo includes long-form programming, forums, PSAs, surveys, and on the ground support that diffuses pamphlets and informational material regarding sexual health. The campaign?s dedicated web site, www.SexTuMismo.mtvla.com, includes informative links and chats that target the issue of HIV/AIDS to support the Staying Alive campaign. Since its launch in 2004, MTV Grita Se(x) Tu Mismo has received recognition from Promax/BDA Latin America for ?Best PSAs? and is supported by several organizations including OPS (The Panamerican Health Organization), the UN and UNICEF, as well as nongovernmental organizations such as Mexfam in Mexico, and Mexico?s Simóne de Beauvoir organization.

 

Unite for Children, Unite against AIDS is a global campaign to alert the world to the fact that children are missing from the global AIDS agenda. It provides a platform for urgent and sustained programs, advocacy and fundraising to limit the impact of HIV/AIDS on children and help halt the spread of the disease. Policymakers and the global public must become aware that AIDS not only affect adults, but is having a devastating affect on children throughout the world.

 

MTV Networks Latin America, Inc., a unit of Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), owns and operates MTV Latin America, Nickelodeon Latin America, VH1 Latin America, Viacom Networks Brazil and the MTV Networks Digital Suite, a package of five digital services ? MTV James, MTV Hits, VH1 Soul, VH1 Mega Hits and Nickelodeon?s GAS (Games and Sports for Kids). 

 

For more information:

MTV
Dulce Gordillo / 50801761 / dulce.gordillo@mtvstaff.com

Rivelino Díaz / 50801766 / rivelino.diaz@mtvstaff.com

 

UNICEF

Robert Cohen/507-301-7493/rcohen@unicef.org

 

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Chris Schuepp
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August 6, 2006

AWARDS: Zimbabwean Film Wins Unicef Children's & Human Rights Award (AFRICA)

Zimbabwean Film Wins UNICEF Children's & Human Rights Award

The Herald (Harare)
NEWS
August 4, 2006
Posted to the web August 4, 2006
Harare

PERETERA Maneta, a local film directed by Tawanda Gunda-Mupengo, won the UNICEF Children's & Human Rights Award at the recently ended Zanzibar International Film Festival.

Elsworth Benhura, the Women Filmmakers of Zimbabwe (WFOZ) programme assistant, said the film was a result of the women's narrative workshops which began in 2003 designed to give women the voice and the skills to tell their stories in a story form.

"Having made a strong showing last year when Kare Kare Zvako - Mother's Day, co-produced by WFOZ, won the Golden Dhow for the best short film at the same festival, WFOZ has proved that its methods can be used to produce international standard products on a sustainable level, even where training products are concerned," Benhura said.

Kare Kare Zvako - Mother's Day is still going strong on the international circuit and has been selected among all the major award-winning short films from across the world in the Best of Short Films Festival in La Cotat in France.

FULL ARTICLE AT http://allafrica.com/stories/200608040233.html

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August 1, 2006

CALL FOR PARTICIPATION: Newspaper in Norway need opinions from youths (GLOBAL)

From a colleague in Norway:

The second biggest newspaper in Norway, Aftenposten, have a daily page where young people between 13 and 18 years can write about their opinions, thoughts, meanings etc.

On August 12th we want to celebrate the international youth day by letting youth from all over the world tell us about their lives. But we need to get in contact with young people writing us their opinions. They can write whatever they like, but here are some ideas:  

- Describe a normal day in your life.
- Write about your dream.
- What did you think about waking up this morning?
- How do you see the world when you are twenty years older than today, how is your life?

We will translate the letters into Norwegian - The texts must not be longer than 800 signs. We also need pictures, they must be 700 pk

SEND IT TO liv.skotheim@aftenposten.no AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, AND BEFORE AUGUST 9.

Thank you very much!

Liv Skotheim
Aftenposten
Tel: +47 98203108
 
 
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July 29, 2006

PROJECTS: Children speak out through documentary films, theatre (INDIA)

Children speak out through documentary films, theatre

Kannal Achuthan

Initiative started by voluntary organisation NalandaWay and UNICEF

CHENNAI: Kumar's father beats his mother every day. When he protests, he is whipped. Because he is only a child, his voice remains unheard.

An initiative started by voluntary organisation NalandaWay and UNICEF could change this situation. The project helps children make their voice heard far and wide through documentary films and theatre. A play was recently staged by children belonging to economically-backward families in Villivakkam in Chennai. It addressed alcoholism, sexual harassment and domestic violence.

 

FULL ARTICLE AT http://www.hindu.com/2006/07/28/stories/2006072819570200.htm

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July 24, 2006

PRESS RELEASES: SHOWCOMOTION Children's Media Conference Release 24 July

SOURCE: Email from Showcomotion
 

 

PRESS RELEASE: Release date 24 July 2006 

 

OFCOM FOOD BAN PROPOSALS DOMINATE SHOWCOMOTION

KIDS? CONFERENCE

 

SHOWCOMOTION CHILDREN?S MEDIA CONFERENCE

7 & 8 JULY 2006 SHOWROOM CINEMA, SHEFFIELD UK

www.showcomotionconference.com

 

This year?s Showcomotion Children's Media Conference came to a close with delegates up in arms about the impact of the Ofcom food ban proposals on the future of the UK kids? media industry.   

Anna Home OBE, CEO of the Children?s Film & Television Foundation, and Conference Chair said:

"Over 300 delegates and speakers made their way to Sheffield for the 3rd Showcomotion Children?s Media Conference. That?s an impressive mandate and, at the final conference session, delegates asked me to write to the Rt Hon Tessa Jowell MP, Secretary of State for Culture, Media & Sport, and also Ofcom, to outline our concerns. It was also agreed that interested delegates and members of the Showcomotion Children's Media Conference Advisory Committee would meet to progress a campaign to save UK produced quality children's television.? 

The Showcomotion Children?s Media Conference is the premier conference in the UK dedicated to children?s television, film, radio and interactive media. Inevitably, the conference weekend was dominated by the debate over Ofcom's proposed restrictions on advertising food to kids. The sale or closure of Granada Kids by ITV had been announced just before the conference and this was seen by many delegates as the first 'fall-out' from the impending ban. The Ofcom proposals sparked impassioned discussion in many sessions with delegates arguing that the regulator should stop passing the childhood obesity ?buck? to the media industry.

The conference opionion was that, while commercial broadcasters, the indie sector and distributors all stand to be affected by a ban, the biggest losers will be children themselves as high quality UK-centred programmes will be cut back. A new sense of realism also gripped the conference as delegates explored the potential for new commissioners of kids' content to emerge and sought new approaches to funding.

 

The conference took place during the 8th Showcomotion Young People?s Film Festival.  The conference is grateful to this year's Foundation Sponsors: Cartoon Network; BBC Children's; CITV; Disney; GMTV & Nickelodeon.

 

-ENDS-

 

For further information contact Kathy Loizou, Showcomotion Kathy@showcomotion.org.uk

Images available, photocalls can be organised on request: 0114 276 3534   

 

 

Editor?s Notes:

  1. Letter to Tessa Jowell MP below
  2. Full list of speakers and sessions is available here: http://www.showcomotionconference.com/agenda/

 

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12 July 2006

 

Rt Hon Tessa Jowell MP

Secretary of State for Culture, Media & Sport

Department for Culture Media & Sport

2-4 Cockspur Street
London SW1Y 5DH

 

 

Dear Ms Jowell

I write in my capacity as chair of the Showcomotion Children?s Media Conference held in Sheffield last weekend.

An audience of over 300 people from all areas of children?s media expressed great concern at the current situation involving proposed changes to television advertising to children and the subsequent effect on programme funding.  They saw the demise of the production arm of CITV, Granada Kids, as symptomatic of the precarious future of ITV?s commitment to children?s content on ITV1 ? a network with a proud record of quality programming from Worzel Gummidge to My Parents Are Aliens.

There appears to be a real and growing threat to the provision of original kids? content made in the UK for commercial channels.  The BBC is a great provider but it should not be the only provider.  The dedicated children?s channels such as Disney and Nickelodeon are presently unable to fill the gap left by a significant reduction in terrestrial funding.

If funding children?s content is no longer viable through advertising, another solution has to be found.  If not, a highly creative industry, admired world-wide may wither and die and the experience our children have enjoyed for fifty years based in their own culture and traditions may be severely eroded.

The delegates at Showcomotion wished to raise this issue and initiate a public debate about the future and worth of media dedicated to children and young people. 

They felt that, in the drive to prevent the continued advertising of high fat, salt, and sugar foods, parents and the country at large are unaware of the long-term implications for the cultural heritage of Britain?s children.  Whilst our industry does not wish to condone the promotion of a bad diet for the country?s children, it equally cannot stand by and allow children?s rich imaginative and cultural diet to be eroded.  Quality indigenous children?s media needs your support at this critical time.

Yours sincerely

 

Anna Home OBE

Chair Showcomotion Children?s Media Conference

 

cc Ofcom: Stephen Carter; Content Board; & Consumer Panel

 


 

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Youth Media Consulting GbR
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