Journalists learn on how to report on children
UNICEF organized trainings for Georgian journalists stirred an intetrest towards child-friendly reporting in Georgian media23 August, 2010. Tbilisi, Georgia. In July 2010 UNICEF and the Minnistry of Corrections and legal Assistance of Georgia within the framework of the EU-supported project "Reform Options for the Penitentiary and Probation Systems for Convicted Child offenders in Georgia" conducted four two-day trainings for acting journalists in Georgia about the reporting on children and international standards.
Trainings aimed at promoting more responsible coverage of children in Georgian media and at informing journalists about children's rights, ethical norms and protection of international standards while reporting. In particular, the following issues were discussed: child rights and international obligations, children in conflict with the law and international standards, reform of the juvenile justice system in Georgia, child rights and media, psychological aspects of unfavourable media reporting on children, journalists' freedom and responsibilities, media law in Georgia, media ethics and child rights, standards on reporting on children in conflict with the law, interviewing children.
In total, 87 journalists participated in these trainings from all over the country. The trainings held in Tbilisi, Bazaleti, Kobuleti and Sighnaghi, helped the journalists to consider different aspects of child-friendly reporting and the feedback received from the participants was very positive.
A UNICEF commissioned research revealed that Georgian media lacks overall professional standards, which should be used by journalists and media managers while reporting on children. One of the major issues observed in the Georgian media today is an absence of an overall code of ethical norms as only a few media outlets practice their own codes but they fail to create a favourable climate.
According to the UNICEF-commissioned study, it is a common practice to publish comments on unverified facts and news and opinions are not always clearly separated. Journalists do not always avoid generalization and stereotyping while talking about children. Diversification of information, comprehensive analyses of the probelsm as well as addressing multiple sources of information is another key area of concern. The most acute problem remains to be sensational reporting and disclosure of names and identity of children in conflict with law or those of victimes of violence.
UNICEF will continue to work with journalists in Georgia to support them in promoting child-friendly reporting.
For further information, please, contact.
Maya Kurtsikidze, UNICEF Georgia Communication Officer
Tel: 995 32 - 23 23 88, email: firstname.lastname@example.org