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December 27, 2006 - Voices of Youth and
the International Children's Day of Broadcasting launches Media
NEW YORK, 27 December 2006 - UNICEF's Voices
of Youth and the International Children's Day of Broadcasting
launched today a new online multimedia newsletter which showcases
media projects by, with and for children called Media
Media Magic Digest is a quarterly e-newsletter for people interested
in how young people create media around the world and aims to promote
dialogue between broadcasters and young media enthusiasts.
The inaugural issue shares stories of original youth-driven programmers
produced in different media, including photography, video, radio
"UNICEF has long recognized that the media can be a potent
force for change. Media Magic Digest is an attempt to harness the
media's influence for the good of children everywhere. The e-newsletter
highlights media efforts that involve, inform, and empower young
people as well as broadcaster," said Stephen Cassidy, Chief
of the Internet, Broadcast and Image Section. "We want adults
and children around the globe to share ideas and be inspired by
the work of others to create their own imaginative approaches to
all media disciplines."
All children have the right to freedom of expression, as affirmed
in the Convention on the Rights of the Child. The projects featured
in the Media Digest are compelling examples of what adults and children
can do together to create meaningful, positive media experiences
December 11, 2006 - UNICEF Russia celebrates
the 60th Anniversary with children at Human Rights Film Festival
UNICEF's birthday was 'Cinema on Guard for Children's Rights Day'
at the Stalker Film Festival, Moscow, this year. On 11 December,
more than two thousand visitors to the Moscow House of Cinema enjoyed
a full programme of films about children, including the celebrated
'All the Invisible Children' produced by eight world-renowned film
directors and first screened at 62nd Venice Biennale Film Festival.
December 11, 2006 - Youth producers from
Zambia and Mexico win UNICEF/OneWorld radio prize
Youth radio producers from Zambia and Mexico have won the
2006 UNICEF/OneWorld Radio Prize, presented by UNICEF and OneWorld
Radio. The award is given to a radio programme produced by youth
that reflects the 2006 theme "UNITE FOR CHILDREN. UNITE AGAINST
AIDS." Awards are presented for the best feature (up to six
minutes) and the best Public Service Announcement (PSA) and celebrate
youth participation in media.
"Living with HIV," by Jose Yesani of Zambia, took the
feature prize. The four-minute piece tells the story of a young
man discovering he's HIV positive. Yesani uses an animated monologue
over a driving soundtrack to relay this man's feelings on learning
his diagnosis is not the end of his life. Honourable mentions for
features went to "In the Mother's Womb," by Nikita Jain
of India and "Thembi's AIDS Diary, " by Thembi Ngubane
of South Africa and Jonathan Richman of the USA. "In the Mother's
Womb" takes the unusual perspective of a baby in the womb of
her HIV positive mother. In "Thembi's AIDS Diary," a young
woman called Thembi relays her experiences of being HIV positive.
article and audio
December 10, 2006 - Panos youth journalists
speak out against stigma and discrimination
He is just 10 years old but his voice was tinged with the
kind of emotion that should be foreign to one so young. Jasonis
HIV positive and one of approximately 20,000 children in Jamaica
who are orphaned and made vulnerable by HIV and AIDS. Twenty thousand
voices silenced; 20,000 children who are hurt by stigma and discrimination
because they, their parents, siblings or caregivers are HIV positive.
However, Panos Caribbean is giving a number of those young people
the chance to speak out about the issues that affect them. The non-governmental
organisation that partners with media houses to raise awareness
on a number of underreported development issues, recently finished
training 25 young journalists who are affected and infected by HIV.
article - Panos
December 10, 2006 - ICDB experience in
"Unite for Children, Unite against AIDS" was
the key message on the 2006 ICDB celebration cut across the broadcasting
stations in Tanzania, giving children maximum opportunity to aired
The preparation for ICDB 2006 started on July 2006 when UNICEF Tanzania
organized a national media workshop for children's program producers
from radio and television stations in Arusha, where the famous International
Tribunal Court for the Rwanda Genocide took place.
At the meeting, the producers set a common structure for this year's
ICDB celebration. Also, promotional materials and a logo were designed
to be used by all media outlets. A selected panel of producers met
to review different promos made by Radio and TV stations and the
best materials were selected.
Now, December 10th was the day to put words into action: The workshop
generated impressive results when many radio stations allowed children
to "take over" and broadcast their own programs live on
A local radio Station (TIMES FM) offered six hours of airtime in
which children hosted various programs including a news bulletin
in three international languages (French, Arabic and English). The
children also led a deep discussion on the theme and many children
voiced their concerns regarding parental protection and care, including
transportation problems, the distance from schools and media programs
with romantic broadcasting. The show took the whole day from 10am
to 4pm in the afternoon.
Radio Tanzania Dar es Salaam, a state owned radio station, offered
a live show in which the children had another opportunity to voice
their opinions and interact with a UNICEF officer in discussing
UNICEF programs in Tanzania.
TV had little part to play as most TV stations offered one to two
recorded programs made by children. State owned TV had involved
children prior to ICDB in various media training session and gave
them an opportunity to produce their own programs which were then
aired on ICDB.
Generally, this year celebration was very impressive as many media
outlets allowed children to take part by using their equipments
and by providing them with in-house training. This is very different
compared with previous celebrations as the programs used to be hosted
or made by adults and children were only invited as "guests".
Written by Dotto Athumani, YOMnet Chairman, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
December 2, 2006 - Young broadcasters take to the airwaves
Dulce Massunda, aged 18, Ruben Vicente and Faidate Abdula,
both aged 17, are three young broadcasters who present their own
programme on Radio Mozambique.
Child-to-child programmes like theirs began as a one-time broadcast
to mark the International Children’s Day of Broadcasting started
by UNICEF a decade ago and have developed into long-running shows.
Full article and video
December 1, 2006 – ‘Our Voice’:
UNICEF and Lebanon TV launch youth-produced series
The Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation (LBC) and UNICEF
are showcasing the viewpoints of the country’s million-strong
youth audience with a new television series called ‘Sawtna’,
which means ‘Our Voice’.
‘Sawtna’ is a one-of-a-kind initiative in the Middle
East. Launched on 8 November, the programme features 8- to 10-minute
documentaries that address issues affecting young people in the
context of the country's complex social, political and economic
What makes this show special is that it is created by a team of
producers between the ages of 15 and 21.
article and video
November 27, 2006 - Caracol Radio brings
young voices to Colombia’s airwaves
Colombia’s children and young people have actively
participated in the International Children’s Day of Broadcasting
(ICDB) since 1997 and have twice received the special honour presented
at the International Emmy Awards for television programming produced
to celebrate ICDB.
For the last three years, preparations for ICDB have become a major
production at Caracol Radio – one of the most important radio
networks in Latin America – with the support of UNICEF.
Children from public and private schools are selected by Caracol
and trained with the necessary media skills to perform various radio-related
functions. During workshops in preparation for the Day of Broadcasting,
children discover the richness and potential of radio as a vehicle
to transmit their concerns and ideas about child rights.
article and video
The "Unite for Children, Unite against AIDS" campaign
enters into an exciting partnership with MTV to support "Vlogit",
an international video competition encouraging young people to speak
out on how HIV/AIDS affects their communities and their lives.
To enter the competition, young people should submit a 250 word
narrative of their proposed vlog online at www.staying-alive.org
detailing their thoughts and experiences of HIV and AIDS. They should
use as much description and "colour" as possible.
The applications will be judged based on creativity, originality
and educational value. The 25 best applicants will win a video camera
to record their concept (a diary entry to camera) which will then
be packaged and uploaded to the Staying Alive site and broadcast
around the world on MTV channels for World AIDS Day 2007 and on
web-sharing sites such as YouTube and MySpace. The winners can keep
the recording equipment and possibly work with UNICEF and MTV on
The deadline for submissions has been extended to February 14, 2007.
Check out the "Unite
for children, unite against AIDS" video
You can still participate, of course, and send
us YOUR version so we can add it to the video.
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