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MAGIC news archive
"Mundo sem Segredos" MAGIC entry updated
Check out this fascinating youth radio project from Mozambique in
the MAGIC bank.
Editorial: Parents should talk to children about violence in
Collegian Editorial Board - Kansas State Collegian
The old adage of "guns don't kill people - people kill people"
applies to the media, as well.
(...) Parents have little to fear from violence in the media, as
long as they are able and willing to communicate the real-life consequences
of that violence with their children.
OneMinutesJr workshop starts in Latvia
The OneMinutesJr workshop in Latvia brings together 20
young people from the Baltic States - Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia.
In a 5-day workshop, they will create 20 OneMinutesJr videos. All
films will soon be online at the project website www.theoneminutesjr.org.
Teenagers hit out at stereotyping - Ireland
Young people believe they are being treated unfairly due to stereotypical
notions associating them with crime and sexual promiscuity, a new
survey has revealed.
Teenagers said their treatment was often unequal and unfair in comparison
with the way adults are treated in public places. The report 'Inequality
and the Stereotyping of Young People' from the Equality Authority
and the National Youth Council of Ireland found young people felt
they were being treated differently to adults in the education system,
in shops and in public places.
REPORT in pdf
Junior Film Contest - My Europe
"Shooting Europe" is a European film festival to take
place in Karlsruhe Germany (24-28 May 2006). There will be a competition
for professional movie makers.
However, we decided also to ask non-professionals for their contributions
in a special junior cathegory. Please take your camera and show
what you would call "My Europe".
More info available in the following languages: Bulgarian, Dutch,
English, German, French, Latvian, Polish, Slovak, Slovenian, Turkish
and Ukrainian here.
"Youth image in mass media"-competition winners
announced in Moldova
The Youth Media Centre in Chisinau announced the results of
the "YOUTH IMAGE IN MASS-MEDIA" contest for journalists.
15 journalists from newspapers, press agencies, and radio and TV
stations from Chisinau, Tiraspol and Balti participated in the contest.
They presented about 100 media works published in 2005 and related
to youth and youth problems. Young people were often portrayed in
the mass media in recent years, but most of the materials produced
by journalists drew a negative image of the youth.
Most of the time "young people" in the media is synonym
with shocking, alarming news, worrying statistics or offensive behavior.
In most of the materials presented for the contest, it became obvious
that the journalists tried to present young people as a force capable
to step over difficulties linked with their age. Some of the journalists
succeeded to highlight the positive parts of youth, to present them
as a solution, as a valuable resource for their communities, as
persons with visions for the future rather than as a source of problems.
The Youth Media Centre thanks all the journalists who participated
in the contest and encourage all media workers to see young people
as a resource for positive materials in mass media, as an important
resource for society.
Prize I - Ursu Silvia, "Timpul" newspaper - 100 Euro
Prize II - Valentina Romanciuc, "Ora Copiilor" show, Radio
Moldova"- 75 Euro
Prize III - Dorosenco Luiza, Tiraspol, "Pridnestrovie"
newspaper - 50 Euro
The contest was organized in the framework of the project "Promoting
of Young Journalists from Moldova, inclusively form Transnistrian
and UTA Gagauzian region" with the financial support of IFA
and Stability Pact for Southeastern Europe, sponsored by Germany.
Source and contact: Youth
Media Centre Chisinau
Youth-run magazine saved by Big Boost lottery fund grant
- By Tom Lloyd - 22/02/06
A south London youth magazine has survived funding problems
after securing one of the first grants from a lottery programme
that supports projects run by young people. The £3,500 Big
Boost lottery grant will fund the next edition of Sense.
Magazine co-founder Duane Melius hopes that Sense will then become
more self-sufficient, from additional advertising revenue."We've
gone from depending on the local youth service to not having any
money, then being given a Big Boost award," he said. "They
came through for us."
Better coverage of kids urged in Taiwan - Civic groups called
on the local media to exercise more restraint in covering news on
children and to ensure that the kids' identities are better protected
Civic groups yesterday released a study on the coverage of child
and adolescent-related news and said that the media must be better
regulated to ensure the quality of such news reports.
The Alliance of Children and Youth Welfare Groups, along with the
media-monitoring group Media Watch, gathered and evaluated news
reports on children and adolescents from local cable TV stations'
evening news from August to November last year.
CRCA Names Winners of 2005 Child Rights Media Awards
16 February 2006 - The Children's Human Rights
Centre of Albania declared today the winners of the 2005 Child Rights
Media Awards. This initiative of CRCA, supported by Palme Center
and SIDA, has as its main aim to increase a better reporting of
children issues and children rights in the mainstream printed and
broadcast mass media in Albania.
'I have the pleasure today to announce the winners of the 2005 Child
Rights Media Awards - said Mr. Altin Hazizaj, Director of CRCA -
I come myself from journalism and I know how important is to support
the journalists in their daily work and their aims to bring to the
attention of the society at large and the Government issues and
concerns that not always make it to the public agenda. Only during
the recent last two years we have seen a greater interest of media
on children and their rights. For this reason we at CRCA will support
every journalist and every media to raise their concerns on children's
rights situation in Albania'.
The Child Rights Media Awards, are given for the very first time
to the journalists, based on three major categories: Child Rights
Printed Media Award; Child Rights Radio Award; and Child Rights
The three Media Awards went to:
Mr Holta Zhiti, journalist at the national
TV 'Top Channel', as the best Journalist for Children's Rights
in a Television channel, for her continuous and truthful coverage
of children issues during 2005.
Mr Arben Muka, journalist of the Deutsche
Velle Radio (Albanian Section), as the best Journalist for Children
Rights in a Radio Station, for his coverage of children issues,
especially for bringing to the public agenda his concerns for
the miss-use of children and children images during Election
Campaign 2005 in Albania.
Miss Denisa Xhoga, journalist at the
Daily Newspaper 'Metropol', as the best Journalist for Children's
Rights in the mainstream printed media, for the continuous coverage
of children's lives, children's concerns and child rights violations
The aim of the Child Rights Media Award is to
promote child rights issues in the printed and broadcasted media
in Albania; to increase the level of media reports on children and
to increase the ethics of media towards children and their rights.
The Child Rights Media Awards will be given to the journalists in
a public ceremony that CRCA is planning to hold during March 2006.
Children’s Television Foundation of Bangladesh
CTFB, the Children's Television Foundation of Bangladesh,
will work as a non-profit organization whose main objective will
be to connect the children worldwide to understand the diversified
culture, society and economy.
CTFB will also play a vital role to connect the children of the
world to understand each other that can break the unseen barriers
to resolve tension and conflicts in the society.
The proposed CTFB will seize this opportunity to create a solid
foundation for children's programming by Bangladeshi television
On top of three existing satellite channels, three more channels
will hit the market, creating ample opportunities for children to
make their voice heard.
Southern Lebanon Magazine Publishes Supplements Written by Students
Through a small grant, Chou'oun Janoubiyah (Southern Affairs) magazine,
based in Sidon, Lebanon, trained young journalism students from
the southern region of Lebanon to improve their reporting techniques.
After the trainings, the magazine provided follow-up support to
help participants write articles using the new skills they had acquired.
These articles were published in two Youth Supplements that were
inserted in the December 2005 and January 2006 issues of Chou'oun
Janoubiyah. The supplements, "The South: In the Pens of its
Youth (PDF)," and "Southern Panorama: Issues and Trends
(PDF)," are in full color and written in Arabic. Topics covered
in the supplements include voting issues, sexual harassment, child
labor and marriage. Besides their inclusion in the magazine, the
supplements were also distributed to university students.
Children's films devalue women by making most characters male,
says Geena Davis
In her most recent acting role, Geena Davis does her bit for gender
equality by portraying the first female US president. But in the
world that is Hollywood it is a small drop in a mighty ocean.
MDG Youth Action Guide
in English, Spanish, French & German
Global Youth News Service launched in tribute to Daniel
February 1, 2006 - "Being a PEARL World Youth News reporter
is fabulous. I can express what I think and friends worldwide are
really listening," says Nguyen Long, a Grade 12 student from
Hue City, Vietnam.
iEARN (International Education and Resource Network) and the Daniel
Pearl Foundation today launched PEARL (Prepare and Educate Aspiring
Reporters for Leadership) World Youth News, an international news
service with articles written, edited and published by secondary
school students from around the world. The first PEARL articles
have come from certified student PEARL Reporters in Uzbekistan,
Vietnam, UK and US, and can be viewed on the PEARL
OPPORTUNITIES / TRAINING
Diversity reporting workshop focuses on human rights
An upcoming workshop for Georgian journalists will focus on diversity
issues, and in particular on coverage of disadvantaged children.
The training is scheduled for February 24 to 26 in Likani.
The Media Diversity Institute and the Georgian office of Save the
Children are organizing the workshop with support from the European
Community. The U.S. Agency for International Development is sponsoring
the program through its Rebuilding Lives Project.
The event will include training on professional reporting and roundtable
discussions on how news coverage can help protect children at risk.
o rganizers hope the workshop will help journalists better understand
issues related to disadvantaged children. Besides basic journalism
training, the workshop will give participants a chance to discuss
how reporters could be advocates for at-risk children.
There is not an open application process; organizers are contacting
local editors to recommend their reporters for the workshop. For
more information, contact Gvantsa Asatiani, spokeswoman for Save
the Children, Georgia, at firstname.lastname@example.org
or telephone +995 32 99 64 00 or +995 32 99 54 54.
Al Jazeera Children's Channel inaugurates its regional
office in Jordan
As part of its ongoing commitment to Arab children, Al Jazeera Children's
Channel, has recently inaugurated its regional office in Amman -
Jordan, in a move designed to further extend its network and offer
value-added services to its viewers.
Berenice from Ghana tells her story
Berenice Akuamoah used a mini-disc recorder and microphone to document
her life in a six-part series for UNICEF Radio and Voices of Youth.
Berenice is a very unusual 18-year-old young woman who hopes to
become a lawyer, a sociologist, a political scientist and a journalist.
“As you can see,” she says, “I am a young woman
with many aspirations for my life.”
6 February 2006:
Berenice starts University and turns 19 years old.
Part 4 of 6.
30 January 2006:
Berenice shows us around her local market.
Part 3 of 6.
23 January 2006:
Berenice shows us around her youth radio show, Curious Minds.
Part 2 of 6.
16 January 2006:
18-year-old Berenice Akuamoah from Ghana tells her own story
in her digital diary.
Part 1 of 6.
MORE ABOUT BERENICE
History Flash: The Birth of Youth-Made Radio - Ellin O'Leary
and Jayme Burke explain how teens got on the air in the days before
"youth media" existed.
Ukrainian teenager: "My biggest dream is to run a youth
radio or TV station."
Denis Stepura (19) lives and studies in the Ukrainian capital Kiev.
He was born in Togliatty (near Samara) in the Russian Federation
on June 21, 1986. Denis' grandparents lived in Togliatty and his
family had moved there temporarily because of the Chernobyl disaster
two months before Denis' birth. After seven months in Togliatty,
Denis and his parents moved back to Kiev.
This week on CNN's "Inside Africa": SIERRA
LEONE - A child soldier fights back
Thousands of children were forced into fighting during Sierra
Leone's decade-long civil war. We meet one of them, 12-year old
Mohammed Sidibay. He is a former child soldier who survived the
war to go onto become an activist. Sidibay has created his own website
to stop the recruitment of children as soldiers for war. In a documentary
film, Sidibay shares his experience as a child soldier and his efforts
to stop the use of child soldiers.
Austin Haeberle, Creative Director for the "Listen Up"
non-profit organization for young filmmakers joins us to talk about
Mohammed Sidibay's documentary. He served as a creative mentor on
MORE ABOUT "BEYOND
Showtimes on CNN:
- Europe, Middle East, Africa, Latin America - SAT 1630 GMT, SUN
- Asia, S. Asia - SAT 1630 GMT
- United States - SAT 1130 ET, SUN 0230 ET
Ukrainian teenager wins Staying Alive Foundation Award
© Denis Stepura - 2004
Producing a radio show in Kiev, Ukraine: Denis Stepura
Denis Stepura (19), from Kiev, is among the winner of this year's
Staying Alive competition. The awards are given to young people
as well as youth organizations engaged in grass roots HIV/AIDS awareness,
education and prevention campaigns. Denis is the only winner from
Europe. All other winners come from Africa, Asia and Latin America.
VIOLENCE ON TV
Children's films aren't so safe anymore
From life-or-death battles in "The Chronicles of Narnia"
to laser-wielding aliens in "Chicken Little," today's
G- and PG-rated movies are much different than they used to be.
According to a recent Harvard study, violence is on the rise in
OPPORTUNITIES / AWARDS
The WACC Photographic Competition 2006
This competition, in its third year, it is being run on Flickr for
the first time! It closes on May 1st and has cash prizes! Entries
are invited interpreting the theme of: THE MEDIA AND PEOPLE.
The competition is open to all men, women and children, of all ages
and from all countries. Entries from amateurs and professionals
are welcome. There is no limit to the number of photographs that
a person may enter, but no entrant may win more than one prize in
The closing date is 1 May 2006. The competition winners will be
announced on World Communication Day, 8 May. A selection of entries
will be exhibited in London and will be used in the WACC publications
such as the website and the journal "Media Development".
A panel of judges will select the winners. All decisions by the
judges are final and no correspondence will be entered into. All
winners will be contacted immediately after the results of the competition
have been announced.
Contact the competition coordinator Erick Coll by e-mail
with any questions, or write a new "topic" at the PROJECT
Educating parents of techno-savvy kids - by Dr Pieter Streicher
Western society has become more and more permissive with the emphasis
on the "freedom of expression" of individuals. However,
these consenting rights need to be balanced by the protection of
children's rights. Gone are the days when parental control meant
keeping your kids off the neighbour's farm. Today parents need to
be vigilant and protect children from harmful media content.
Parental vigilance of media is becoming increasingly difficult.
Adult magazines abound in stores and adult videos, adult movies
on TV and adult websites are accessible. Now, even cell phones can
download adult content.
„Kinder wollen die Welt begreifen“ - (in German)
Seit Dezember 2005 ist der Sender Baby TV für 1,1 Millionen
Haushalte im Kabelnetz Baden-Württembergs frei empfangbar.
In seinem Ursprungsland Israel gehört Baby TV zu den erfolgreichsten
Pay-TV-Sendern. Das werbefreie 24-Stunden-Programm ist speziell
für Kleinkinder zwischen dem 0. und 3. Lebensjahr konzipiert.
Tagsüber will Baby TV Kinder und Eltern zu Aktivitäten
motivieren, nachts glaubt man mit ruhiger Musik und Farbflächen
den Schlaf der Kinder fördern zu können. SCHAU HIN! sprach
mit der renommierten Kinderfernsehexpertin Dr. Maya Götz, Leiterin
des Internationalen Zentralinstituts für das Jugend- und Bildungsfernsehen
(IZI) in München, über Sinn und Wirkung von Fernsehsendungen
und die richtigen Fernsehregeln für kleine Kinder.
Frau Dr. Götz, seit Dezember letzten Jahres gibt es in
Deutschland den ersten 24-Stunden-Sender für Babys und Kleinkinder.
Was sagt die Expertin für Kinderfernsehen dazu?
Dr. Götz: Von der Grundidee ist es ein Angebot für
Eltern, die ein altersgemäßes Fernsehangebot für
ihre Kinder suchen. In diesem Fall für sehr junge Kinder. In
seinem Ursprungsland Israel hat dieser Sender eine bestimmte Funktion:
In Israel gehören leider sehr erschreckende Bilder über
die Folgen von Terroranschlägen und Kampfhandlungen zum Fernsehalltag.
Hier ist es sinnvoll, sich einen Pay-TV-Kanal zu leisten, auf dem
keine blutenden Menschen zu sehen sind. Für Israel kann ich
noch verstehen, wenn Eltern für ihre Kinder – nicht aber
Babys – ein Programm wünschen, in dem keine Schreckensnachrichten
Child Rights Album in Serbian, Albanian, Hungarian and Romani
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