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MAGIC NEWS ARCHIVE APRIL 2004
South Africa to host 5th Summit
Firdoze Bulbulia (left) and Regina de Assis
(right) with Kami (Photo:
Summit attendees joyously celebrated
the choice of South Africa as sit to the 5th World Summit on Media
for Children and Adolescents,
in 2007. The announcement, made by WSF President Patricia Edgar,
Firdoze Bulbulia invited Africans in the audience onto the stage.
Bulbilia represents the South African organization, Icasa, and
was an active proponent for the choice of his country as the next
“As you can see, a small group of people
can generate a powerful effect. We are pinpoints in a great movement.
There are thousands
of people involved in this movement around the world. This Summit
propelled the movement forward,” exclaimed Patricia Edgar,
recalling that South Africa has been an important part of the
in the Summit movement for nine years.
“Viva Africa! Viva Africa”, Firdoze Bulbulia, cheered from the stage,
calling on the audience to join her. “Africa, this is our victory! Africa
you are arriving in the world” she cheered, promising an African flavor
to the next summit. “Let’s all draw on the effort and success of
this Summit in Brazil. We’ll see you in Africa in 2007!” she added.
From the ANDI website - in Portuguese:
A África do Sul será a sede da 5ª Cúpula Mundial de
Mídia para Crianças e Adolescentes. O anúncio foi feito
no encerramento da 4ª Cúpula, finalizando o maior evento internacional
do gênero, que reuniu mais de dois mil especialistas em mídia e
infância, entre profissionais, pesquisadores, educadores e adolescentes
na Escola Naval do Rio de Janeiro, entre 19 e 23 de abril.
MORE IN PORTUGUESE
Read the Rio Charter, the final document of the 4th World Summit
on Media for Children and Adolescents, on the Summit website.
English - Spanish - Portuguese
Rio Summit has started
More than 150 young people from all over the world are attending
the 4th Summit in Media for Children & Adolescents in Rio de
Janeiro / Brazil from April 19-23. Altogether, there are 2,000
sharing their views and opinions in panel discussions, workshops
and other events.
SOME IMPRESSIONS FROM THE SUMMIT
Young delegates from South Africa, West Africa, India, and the
Ukraine are in Brazil this week to talk about their Radio Manifesto.
Broadcasters and broadcasting regulators around the
face a new challenge as the children's & youth Radio
Manifesto is made public at the Rio
Summit, the 4th World
Summit on Media for Children April 19-23 in Rio de Janeiro.
The Radio Manifesto sets out what young people want and what they
really need from radio. Children's & youth radio
groups in many different parts of the world have taken
part in discussion workshops since 2001 to prepare their
own contributions to the document. Their wishes for appropriate programming
on the radio are presented in the form of a Declaration, with four
following sections on Participation, Children's Rights, Traditional Culture & Entertainment,
Youth radio broadcasters at Bush Radio in Cape Town,
South Africa pioneered the Radio Manifesto. The World
Radio Forum has helped young broadcasters in other countries
in Africa and the rest of the world to develop their own contributions
to the text. Young people aged 8 - 18 have contributed from townships,
remote villages, and the streets of capital cities, together with
the new young citizens of emerging democracies. Their Manifesto proclaims
strongly to radio authorities the rights, needs, and hopes of young
Copies of the Radio Manifesto are being distributed
in Portuguese, Spanish, and English to participants
at the Rio Summit. The text is also available in English
as a free download on the World
Radio Forum website and in the MAGIC
resources section. Translations
into French and Russian will be available at a later date.
process of contributing to the Radio Manifesto remains open for
other children's & youth
radio groups. The World Radio Forum web site offers
notes for structuring discussion workshops, which enable young
people to develop
their thoughts on the issues. If you would like your youth group
to contribute to the Manifesto, contact WRF Director Sarah McNeill.
SNAP: New Youth Media Show
Link TV, a
national satellite network, along with NextNext Entertainment,
a New York-based production company, are seeking innovative, youth
produced media to be shown on SNAP - a new series of two-hour interactive
television specials aimed at teenagers and young adults. Submissions
can be short films, music videos, docudramas and any other youth
produced media (artists under 30) from around the world that will
incite live conversation among viewers, hosts, callers, emailers
and a "virtual audience" of webcammers.
SNAP will give young
media artists the opportunity to be showcased and celebrated. It
will also serve as a forum for you to share
your thoughts and experiences with a culturally diverse audience.
To get your youth produced media on the air, email Katrina
Baker or Tiffani
EVENTS / PROJECTS
Youth Media Network - brainstorming meeting in Rio
The Youth Empowerment Alliance, Inc. is committed to working with
youth media organizations to develop and distribute youth-generated
stories to mainstream media worldwide.
Currently, youth worldwide are utilizing the media to advance their
own communities. The 1999 Oslo Challenge called for all organizations
to promote the use of major media for youth to express
their views. Worldwide, more than 500 organizations have accepted
The next logical step is to systematize this process and enable youth from
all over the world to learn of others who share their views.
As part of an effort to educate the general public about issues of
importance to children, the Youth Media Network is being established
to harness existing youth media (ages 25 and under) a
permanent voice in mainstream media. Modeled after a syndicated news
service, YMN will offer youth-generated stories for mainstream
Introducing the Youth Media Exchange
In line with Listen Up!'s commitment to making it easy
for youth media organizations
to submit, host, share, and distribute youth media
online, we would like to announce
a major new initiative, in collaboration with our partner
organizations below, to build a free, open media publishing platform for youth media organizations worldwide: the
Youth Media Exchange.
We are confident that this project will be a major
contribution to maturing the infrastructure of the growing youth media field.
EVENTS / WEBSITES
Vilnius Film Festival - Lithuania, April 17/18,
The Vilnius Film Festival has a new website - check it out at www.movewithmovie.net
4th World Summit on Media for Children and Adolescents
Hundreds of young people, media professionals, education and child advocacy experts
will gather in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil during the week of 19-23 April for the
4th World Summit on Media for Children and Adolescents.
The theme of this year’s summit is ‘Media from All,
Media for All.’ Participants at the summit will focus on
how to best provide quality media for all children and adolescents
across the globe. UNICEF will host an inter-generational dialogue
on 21 April, allowing youth and broadcast executives to speak
out on fresh approaches to issues that concern young people the
Executive Director Carol Bellamy will also give the keynote address
at the official opening on 20 April to over 1,200 attendees
and over a hundred adolescents.
In the coming days, UNICEF panelists
will lead discussions on youth and media in the digital age.
will also launch the new Voices
of Youth (VOY) website, upgraded
and redesigned with new interactive features on 19 April
at the International Forum for Adolescents, which is taking place
in conjunction with the summit. By providing a well-functioning
and inviting space for both young people and adults, VOY offers
a safe space for children and adolescents, in both developing and
developed countries, to collaborate, partner and discuss issues
impacting them and their communities.
The International Forum for
Adolescents will host 150 teens from around the world where they
will exchange ideas and experiences,
and how media plays a part in each of their diverse communities.
UNICEF helped to select 30 forum participants from UNICEF-assisted
projects in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America.
OFFICIAL RIO SUMMIT WEBSITE
Youth Voices from the VoY/MAGIC web-dialogue
NZ television violence similar to US and UK
television screens a similar amount of violence to that shown in
the United States and United Kingdom, according to research by the Auckland
University of Technology.
But promotions for upcoming programmes are
a concern because they often select the most violent
incidents and concentrate them into a short time slot,
the study conducted by the Centre for Communication Research at AUT has
Centre Director Professor Allan Bell said that the high level
of violence within promotions was just one of the
findings of the research commissioned by the Government
appointed Working Group on TV Violence which presented its
recommendations to the Minister of Broadcasting on April 1, 2004.
Jewish and Arab journalism students in Israel to produce
newspaper in peace initiative
Twenty-four Arab and Jewish journalism
students described by their professor as 'potential
messengers of peace' are to produce a bi-lingual newspaper in northern
Israel in a media peace initiative.
The undergraduate students from
the Media & Communications Department of the Emek
Yezreel College, near Nazareth, are involved in a three-month project,
'Finding common ground in Israel - Jewish and Arab journalism students
working together', organised by the college and the London-based Media
Diversity Institute (MDI).
Overlooked children around the world speak out
of photographs -
7-26 April 2004
UNESCO, Hall Ségur / 7, place de Fontenoy / 75007
"A street cannot have a child, so how
can we be considered as street children?" This
message from a Malian child who is about ten years old and who
has gotten to know life in the street over a period of several years sums
up the dreadful phenomenon now known to all our societies: the exclusion
of thousands of children who constantly see their rights flouted.
The lives of children and their development should be an absolute
priority of States. These have committed themselves,
through the Convention on the Rights of the Child,
to the respect and promotion of the rights of each child
with regard to health, protection, justice, education.
up this exhibition, UNESCO hopes to challenge the public and make
it aware of the children who have been abandoned on the fringes of
our societies and of the non-respect of their rights,
in particular, the right to education. Deprived of this
right, how can they break the infernal cycle of poverty,
illness, survival in the street and exploitation? Three artists, Julien Chapsal, François Perri and Eric Visser,
invite us to
discover the "words" and "images" of children
from several continents; these children take us into
their world and thereby help us to better understand
their suffering and their hopes. Let us better understand to better act, because "a street cannot have a child".
For more info, contact
Florence Migeon, Programme Specialist, UNESCO Division of Basic Education
Tel. 33 (0) 1 45 68 11 73
Fax: 33 (0) 1 45 68 56 26
RESOURCES / BOOKS
"Promote or Protect? Perspectives on Media Literacy
and Media Regulations"
The aim of the sixth Yearbook
from the International
Clearinghouse on Children, Youth and Media is to contribute
to reflections on the whole range of 'measures' to promote children's,
young people's and adults' media competence and to protect them from
potential harmful media contents. What do scholars say about the responsibility
of parents in this regard, about the state of media education
in and outside school, about media professionals' awareness of children
and media, and about the effectiveness of media regulations?
MORE INFO from the Clearinghouse website
Kodak Filmschool Competition Opens to Asia-Pacific
and Latin American
The Kodak Student Filmmaker Program is open to submissions for its fifth annual
cinematography competition. Designed for students and recent graduates in the
Latin America and Greater Asia and Japan regions, the competition has seen past
winners from schools in Argentina, Australia, HongKong and Korea.
TV Show Censured for Encouraging Children to Feed Babies
ITV's Saturday morning kids' show Ministry of Mayhem has been criticised
by watchdogs over a stunt which encouraged children
to feed lemon juice to babies. The programme featured a
clip of a nine-month old baby being given a teaspoon of
the juice. The presenter told young viewers: "Do it on your
brothers and sisters as it's very, very funny." Programme
maker Carlton said the stunt was safe because lemon juice was a natural
food and not harmful to babies. The baby boy involved was the son
of a doctor, Carlton added.
But media regulator Ofcom upheld complaints
about the show and ruled it had breached programme guidelines. "We
accepted that feeding lemon juice in itself would not be harmful
to a baby. However, we were particularly concerned that
a presenter of a children's programme should
encourage children to feed a baby at all," Ofcom
35 candles for Sesame Street
The cast of "Sesame Street" -
(Photo by ©2004
Tonight's prime-time "Sesame
Street" special is being
brought to you by the number 35. The show's Dracula-like
Muppet, the Count, will be happy to count that high
for the occasion. His beloved PBS series is launching its 35th
anniversary season this week.
Report on Internet Study in Kenya: TeenWeb Nairobi
This report concerns TeenWeb, an innovative, school-based Internet study that
involved over 1,000 youth in five public secondary schools in Nairobi.
Navigating the Children's Media Landscape
In a media environment rife with "wardrobe
malfunctions" and bloodthirsty spectacle, parents are increasingly
between two extremes: imposing an all-out television boycott on their
or else throwing their arms up in despair and taking a hands-off
A study released on April 2nd, 2004 warns against both extremes.
Parents needn't give up the educational benefits of
electronic media, but they shouldn't leave those benefits
to chance. "Navigating the Children's Media Landscape" offers
on dodging the pitfalls of children's media use.
Prepared by the Washington-based
American Institutes of Research, the report is a joint
initiative by the National Parent Teacher Association and Cable in
the Classroom, a nonprofit organization run by the cable industry.
FULL REPORT available on the MAGIC
Children's TV in India
At least three new channels for kids are eyeing the Indian market
place and are likely to go on air in the next few
months. If you are worried that television is turning your little
ones into couch potatoes, then brace yourself for
some more news. At least three new channels for kids
are eyeing the Indian marketplace and are likely to go on air in the forthcoming months.
Give Us Our Daily Bernd
Bernd das Brot and his creator, Tommy
Krappweis, at the Grimme Awards 2004
Forget Claudia Schiffer, Boris Becker
and Marlene Dietrich, Germany has a new star. His name is Bernd
and he is a loaf of bread. He may be small, rectangular and baked
golden brown, but that
hasn't hurt the career of Bernd the Bread, or Bernd das Brot, as
he's know to thousands of German fans. Appearing
on the children's television station KiKa for the
past three years, the puppet has won the hearts of kids and adults
alike with his curmudgeonly yet lovable disposition.
In the age of
reality TV where anyone can go to a casting and
become a star, Bernd - besides being a talking loaf of bread -
is unique. He was neither cast, nor does he even
want to be on television. In fact, there's nothing
that would suit him better than to never again appear on the small screen.
Click the image to get to Bernd's website (in
Nelonen joins UNICEF's media education project MAGIC
channel Nelonen participates UNICEF's international MAGIC (Media Activities
and Good Ideas by, with and for Children) education project. The project
aims to help children to understand what is true and what is fiction in
The first part of the cooperation is a competition for
advertising planners where Nelonen and UNICEF challenge
them to write a script for a spot. The title is "Help
children to understand what is true and what is fiction in television".
The competition starts on 1 April 2004. The best scripts will
be produced into spots that will be seen in Nelonen in autumn.
proud and happy that UNICEF accepted Nelonen as its partner", says Pirjo
Airaksinen, Nelonen's Senior Vice President, Programming. "Media
has to recognise its influence in children. As the
third largest media in Finland, Nelonen wants to participate
in the media education of youth and children. Under
MAGIC-concept we will carry out numerous projects for and with
youth and children that will develop their media literacy skills",
"We are happy to start this project with Nelonen.
It is an excellent example of how the MAGIC concept
can be applied at the national level. We really appreciate
this opportunity to highlight young people's right to participation
via a media outlet with such a solid young profile", says
People's Media Network Coordinator Chris Schuepp of MAGIC.
Nelonen's MAGIC website link
Print Media coverage on children's issues in Nepal
Hatemalo Sanchar, being an ally of media and children, has been takinginitiatives
for Media Monitoring Programme from April 2002 in its endeavor to watch the media
coverage. "Print Media Coverage on Children's Issues" areport prepared
in 2002 was completely an innovative initiation on part of Hatemalo. Acknowledging
the feedback and suggestions drawn from the journalists and children, the second
report "Print Media Coverage on Children's Issues 2003" is prepared
with an improvement in its methodology.
This report has been prepared in an effort
to shed light on the media coverage related to children on the backdrop
of United Nation Convention on the Rights of the Children (UNCRC),
especially under the four categories of the Child Rights - to Survival,
Development, Protection and Participation.
2002 REPORT ON THE RESOURCES PAGE
Young people speak out
for quality media on Voices of Youth
Over the past 36 months, young people from all regions of the world
have used Voices of Youth’s adolescents and media board to
explore the impact of media on youth and society, and how its impact
can be harnessed for positive change. Through their discussions,
participants offered clear recommendations for media professionals,
decision makers and their peers, such as: calling for a halt to the
negative representations of adoles-cents; using the media to spread
awareness and understanding of sensitive issues; implicating parents
and governments in media regulation; and most critical, partnering
with young people to ensure a quality media that fairly represents
and appeals to youth.
Read the summaries and participate in the ongoing web
up to the 4th
World Summit on Media for Children and Adolescents in
Rio from April 19-23, 2004.
Voices of Youth website
OPPORTUNITIES / AWARDS
Commonwealth Photographic Awards 2004
Established in 1999, the Commonwealth Photographic Awards are
the CPU in collaboration with the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association.
This is an open competition for all Commonwealth residents whatever
their profession. Each year there is a different theme
and the entrants are asked to write a short caption
explaining why they think their photos is are
A film about the winning images and the Awards will be
commissioned and made available for broadcast in most
Commonwealth countries. An exhibition of the winning
pictures will take place in London and it is planned that others will
be held around the Commonwealth.
A special category has been created for the 2004 Awards for children
aged between 12 and 18 on 1 September 2004. The
prize will be announced at a later date. The same
entry details above apply to this category except the
entrant's date of birth must be stated.
Young People's Questions about Sexuality, Drugs & HIV/AIDS
prevention in Kyrgyzstan and their Answers
UNICEF in Kyrgyzstan and the German Development Agency (GTZ) are
pleased to introduce you to a series of eight Question and Answer booklets
in Russian about issues related to growing
up in Kyrgyzstan. The development of the
booklets is part of a process first initiated by GTZ in 2000 in Tanzania.
The success in Tanzania led to the replication of the process in
many other countries of where Kyrgyzstan is one of
them. Since independence Kyrgyzstan has seen an increase
in acute poverty
and an erosion of the social service sectors.This
is affecting the health of young people,
as they have become more and more exposed to drugs, tobacco,
alcohol, and the increasing danger of sexually transmitted infections,
At the same time recent studies in Kyrgyzstan show that most young
people lack basic information on the process of growing up. In
2002 a UNICEF-funded survey
about Knowledge, Attitude and Practice (KAP) with regard to
HIV/AIDS/STIs, reproductive health and drugs was conducted among
in five regions of Kyrgyzstan. The survey revealed that
there is an urgent need not only for information, but also
for life skills which
enable adolescents to put their knowledge to use.
MORE INFO AND FULL REPORT
Stardom for Clootie and Dumpling
Two Scottish cartoon cows are poised to become Bollywood stars astheir exploits
are unveiled to a potential audience of 60 million.The real Highland bulls, Clootie
and Dumpling, live in a field inKemnay, Aberdeenshire, but their cartoon characters
lead an adventurous lifethat has even seen them fly over the moon in a rocket.
Their exploits have been turned into a TV series for children which istipped
to be an international hit and is a major success for Mallard Media, an Aberdeen
screen-writing and animation company. Clootie and Dumpling are currently being
launched in Cannes, at MIPTV, Europe's leading international television programme
Sesame Street Divided
Can you tell me how to get, how to get to Sesame Street? That's what
the classic US Sesame Street theme song used to ask, and
of course everyone wanted to get there... to a place where
children of all colors - and even animals and monsters
- were good, where they spent their time singing and skipping
beneath the blue, blue skies.
But nowadays, hardly anyone in this
neck of the woods asks for directions to such
a place. The 35-year-old program has been dubbed into dozens of languages
in more than 100 countries. In the early 1980s, a
Hebrew edition with local characters, mixed with dubbed
US-made segments, aired successfully in Israel. And
in the optimistic post-Oslo years, a version created for Israeli and
Palestinian audiences was also a hit. But that new Middle East
Sesame Street buckled under the weight of the intifada.
The metaphor of a street that is safe for both Israelis
and Palestinians ultimately became downright far-fetched,
and the program was canceled.
Polish version of the CRC online
The Polish version of the Convention on the Rights of the Child is the latest
resource added to the MAGIC website's CRC page. To find all more than 30 languages
available now, please go to the MAGIC briefing.
World Newspaper Reading Passport Launched With Ghana Pilot
The World Association of Newspapers launched its World Newspaper
Reading Passport with a pilot project in Ghana, where teachers,
students and journalists are testing the initiative to
encourage young readers to Use the newspaper as a learning
tool in their daily lives.
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