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Pay attention to children's issues
Children in Broadcasting, known as Curious Minds, called on civil
society, the media, politicians and government to pay serious
attention to issues concerning children.
The media gives priority to political stories to the detriment of
important issues affecting the lives of children, Master Samuel
Kissi, President of Curious Minds expressed this concern at a press
briefing in Accra.
He said it was the hope of members that issues on children would be
pursued with the same vigour that political stories were being
The briefing was part of activities to mark International Children's
Day of Broadcasting to take place in Kumasi (Ghana) on Sunday, December 14.
HIV/AIDS messages not getting through
Communication holds the key to containing HIV transmission
and coping with the effects of the AIDS pandemic.
However, over the last 20 years communicators
have failed spectacularly to confront and contain HIV/AIDS, and
in this period it has killed more than 20 million people. Just
last year more than 3 million died from AIDS.
Here we take a look at a new Panos report
which brings together lessons from the many failures and few successes in HIV communication strategies over the last 20
Seven-hour run of airwaves
Vande Mataram. Akashvani Kolkata. Shuru holo Kolkata Ko o Kho er
prothom odhibeshan ebong FM Gold prochar toronger aajker odhibeshan…
Words that ring in All India Radio's daily transmission at 6 o'clock
sharp in the morning. But on Sunday, the announcement was made by 13-
year-old Sanchari Pal. And not just that. The programmes had children in the
driver's seat. For Sunday was International Children's Day of Broadcasting.
UNICEF and OneWorld launch their second annual search for
the best radio produced by, for and with children
We are looking for radio that gives children a central role – grants them
an opportunity to express their view of the world – and grabs the attention
of listeners. Last year we had a fabulous array of entries and we look forward
to receiving many more this year.
We know there is tremendous talent out there – and we love listening to
your work – so show us what you can do. Winning entries will be rewarded
with new radio equipment and a commemorative plaque.
We can be heroes - Sunday, 14 December 2003
For this year’s ICDB - International
Children’s Day of Broadcasting
invite broadcasters to help children celebrate their local heroes – the
adults and children who make things change for the better.
Throughout the years, the world's largest broadcast campaign for children has
produced many outstandingly creative children’s programmes. One station
is planning special programming NON STOP from 7am until 12 midnight. A radio
talk show will offer a live satellite link-up between children of various ages
both from the capital and accross all regions of the country. Tell
what your station is doing to celebrate this year’s event.
OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media (FOM) writes
to Managing Directors of TV and radio stations in new member
states of the European Union
Freimut Duve, the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, urges decision-makers
at TV stations in the EU accession countries Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary,
Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovak Republic and Slovenia in his letter to "to
focus on children as major consumers of radio and TV programmes and their need
for protection and to make children’s programming with home-produced productions
and decent air-times a priority in your future endeavours to play a leading role
in the media environment of Europe".
READ THE FULL LETTER
Young reporters at WSIS
Young video journalists from India, Sri Lanka and Uruguay
will be covering a variety of topics taking place at the World
Summit on the Information Society (WSIS)
TV. These diaries will feature video reports from
debates, workshops and other events at WSIS, the ICT
for Development Platform
and other related meetings.
They aim to cover topics like access to technology, governance
of the internet, open source software, local content,
gender issues, youth and the media, mainstream and
community media and many more. The events take place
from 9th-13th December in Geneva.
the stories on OneWorld TV
REPORTS / RESOURCES
Survival Guide for Animators
In October, the Amsterdam-based Cinekid festival and PRIX
hosted a one-day meeting of 35 production
and funding specialists. The aim was to present
of the European animation business, especially
among countries joining the EU in the coming
The session, and a
look at the work of the MEDIAdesks across Europe,
was written up into a practical report
Survival Guide for Animators
KB, pdf-file) compiled by the moderator of
the event, Jonathan Marks.
Researchers Admit To Fabricating Interviews for Study
on HIV/AIDS Prevention Model for Teenagers
Three University of Maryland-Baltimore researchers have admitted
that they fabricated interviews with teenagers
for a study on HIV/AIDS
prevention, which received more than $1 million in NIH funding
in 1999, the Washington Times reports. Researchers Lajuane Woodard, Sheila
Khalilah Creek, who were employed by the university's department
of pediatrics, said that they made up
some of the interviews for a study to evaluate
an existing AIDS prevention model, called "Focus
on Kids." The model is a "widely
used" comprehensive sex education
curriculum, according to the Times.
2 Million American Children Have Their Own Websites
According to data recently released from "Children, Families and the Internet," a
survey by Grunwald Associates, more than 2 million American children ages 6 -17
have their own personal websites. This figure represents fully 10 percent of
the 23 million kids who have Internet access from home today - a threefold increase
Step by Step: Launching a Balkan Children's TV Magazine
seaside town of Ulcinj in Serbia & Montenegro
hosted the fourth workshop devoted to
launching a Balkan children's TV magazine among Serbia& Montenegro,
Albania, Macedonia and Kosovo. The workshop was organized
and co-hosted by PRIX JEUNESSE INTERNATIONAL,
UNESCO, OSCE Pristina, Goethe Institut Belgrade and DTV Production Belgrade.
from the Prix Jeunesse website
We all know what "fear and security" mean
when spoken by politicians and mainstream
media, but what do they mean in the lives of young people?
With a digital video equipment and limitless
creativity, youth producers from a number of countries worldwide
places below are creating the following personal stories.
Child poverty adverts banned
After record number of complaints to the advertising watchdog,
Barnardo's is forced to axe its pre-Christmas
campaign. Barnardo's, the children's charity, was forced
to axe a pre-Christmas advertising campaign
after the Advertising Standards Authority ruled
the content to be too shocking. The ads,
including one showing a computer-generated image of a
new-born baby with a cockroach crawling
out of its mouth, were likely to cause serious or widespread offence, the authority said.
from The Guardian
"Best videos about and for children" awards ceremony
to be held in Kyrgyzstan on December 9, 2003
The competition is dedicated to the International Children's
Day of Broadcasting (ICDB) that is celebrated
on the second Sunday of every
December. It is organized by UNICEF in the Kyrgyz Republic,
Internews-Kyrgyzstan, Soros Kyrgyzstan and the Kyrgyz National
lasted from June to December and more than 60 entries were
For more info, contact Internews
The Teen Reporter Handbook
The Teen Reporter Handbook represents the collective knowledge of a long history
of radio reporters, producers and storytellers.
The Teenage Diaries series was founded on the principle that everybody has
a story to tell. The Teen Reporter Handbook was written by Joe Richman, Producer
of Teenage Diaries on National Public Radio and will soon be translated into
The pdf-version (623 KB) is here
the html-version is at www.radiodiaries.org/makeyourown.html
ARTICLES / EXHIBITIONS
U.N. Exhibit Features Artwork Of Bosnian Children Of War
may look like your average teenagers, but the Bosnian
teens, whose artistic memoirs are now on display
at the United Nations, are children of
war. The exhibit, called "Aftershocks: Art and Memoirs
on Growing Up in the Aftermath," is
the result of a program by New York City nonprofit,
the Children's Movement for Creative Education, which
has spent the last
eight years bringing creativity and
self expression to New York City schools. Two years
ago, it began working with teens in Bosnia.
"Giving them an opportunity through writing and visual
artwork, primarily, to talk about their
experiences as children, about what happened to them during
the war there," said Kate Chumly, the co-director
of the Children's
Movement, "and talk about what present life is like
and what they anticipate and hope
for in the future."
Turner Int'l Plans To Beam Pogo
In Regional Languages
Riding the success on the Cartoon Network's regionalised
contents in the last few months, Turner International India
(P) Ltd has proposed to make available its new exclusive kids
channel - Pogo - in the regional languages within a month
launch in January 2004.
VII Barcelona International Television Festival (FITB)
The winning film of the UNICEF PRIZE was THE SKY IN HER EYES by Ouida Smit and
Madoda Ncayiyana from South Africa and was produced in 2001. The jury's comments
on the film: "The video shows the solidarity and tolerance between boys
and girls, which goes further than that shown by adults, facing the social rejection
which is implied by an illness like AIDS and the loneliness a child suffers who
is a victim of this situation".
The prize was awarded by Mr Victor Soler-Sala the Director of UNICEF-Catalonia
and was collected in the name of Vuleka Productions by Mr Flavio Signore from
the International Festival of Human Rights, Barcelona.
The majority of the UNICEF PRIZE jury consider giving a SPECIAL MENTION to a
film that: "although it does not reunite all the requirements necessary
to obtain the UNICEF PRIZE, its realization by the children themselves has been
evaluated and it's function of denunciation despite the fact that a solution
is not proposed".
- The film is: PEQUEÑAS VOCES, by Eduardo Carrillo, Colombia-UK, 2003.
The CREATIVE PRIZE, which is directed to all students studying filmmaking and
audiovisuals through media schools and colleges, was awarded to the film by Tilmann
Vogt entitled SNOUT, Germany, 2003.
"The jury unanimously put forward amongst other motives: it's originality,
imagination, aesthetics, 3D animation and the presentation and resolve of a conflict
The VIII edition of the Barcelona International Television Festival (FITB) will
be held from the 15th to the 20th November 2004.
Radio boost for Palm Is youth
The youth of Palm Island in north Queensland will soon have
a radio station of their own to communicate
with their friends and fellow island residents.
The station is part of a new $4 million youth and community
centre being built on the island, which
will also include recreational facilities and places
for children to learn new skills.
The state Member for Townsville, Mike Reynolds, is confident
teenagers and other community members will
get behind the radio station. "Look,
I've seen the radio station operated in Aboriginal communities
like Cherbourg [in south-east Queensland]
which I did a couple of weeks ago, and I
think it's important for young people to have that sense
of identity," he said. "I think
that can be seen as training a lot of people in that area
Curb on junk food adverts to combat child obesity
The government is to intervene in Britain's obesity crisis
by asking the new television regulator
Ofcom to draw up a tough code on junk food and drinks
advertisements directed at children.
In an interview with the Guardian, the culture secretary, Tessa
Jowell, said she was worried
about the "growing crisis of obesity in
children" and would call on Ofcom to revise the "inadequate code" on
from the MediaGuardian
Colombia's Television 13 wins award from TV Academy
NEW YORK, November 24, 2003 - Television 13 of Colombia
has been named the
winner of the International Children's Day of Broadcasting
jointly by the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
UNICEF appoints Sesame Street muppet Kami as global "Champion
Workshop/John E Barrett
NEW YORK/ GENEVA, 24 November 2003 - UNICEF today formally
the HIV-positive Muppet who appears regularly on the South African
co-production of Sesame Street called Takalani Sesame, as
a global "Champion
Winners of OneMinutesJr 2003 announced in Amsterdam
Amsterdam, November 16th, 2003 - George Baramidze (14) from Georgia and Hendrik
Krinal (18) from Estonia are the winners of the 2003 OneMinutesJr Awards. Serbian
filmmaker Emir Kusturica, announcing the results at the awards ceremony in the
Paradiso in Amsterdam on Sunday night, praised the creativity and uniqueness
of all the entries and said that the standard of the OneMinutesJr in general
was extremely high.
© UNICEF/Young People's Media Network/OneMinutesJr
He added: “It was a very tough decision for me, because in a way they
are all winners. The fact that they come from so many different cultures and
makes every film special. But I finally nominated those who have best managed
to tell a big story within the discipline of the OneMinute format.”
The OneMinutesJr is a project supported by UNICEF, the European Cultural Foundation
and the Sandberg Institute to promote youth participation, youth expression
and cultural exchange among young people from Europe & Central Asia. In 2003,
more than 100 boys and girls participated in workshops in Budapest (Hungary),
Tbilisi (Georgia), Derry (Northern Ireland), Casablanca (Morocco) and Berlin
(Germany) and contributed the majority of this year’s entries to the
The jury comprised Serbian filmmaker and UNICEF National Ambassador for Serbia
and Montenegro, Emir Kusturica, and two of the young nominees from the 2002
competition. They nominated 12 films for the 2003 Awards – from the UK,
the Netherlands, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Estonia, Latvia, Slovakia
Hendrik Krinal from Estonia won the open category – “Best of the
world” – with his film “Hans” that presents a woodlouse
as an average human leading an average white-collar life.
George Baramidze from Georgia won the “Inside – Out” category
about social inclusion. His film “Don’t leave child out” shows
one of the problems young people face - neglect. The film is a tragicomic presentation
of a mother too busy with her social life to even notice her son cannot get
into their apartment.
Six of the 12 nominees were present at the event in Amsterdam, among them Hendrik
Krinal, the winner of the “Best of the world” category, who received
the award from Emir Kusturica.
Hendrik Krinal (18) & George Baramidze (14)
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