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News Archive: JULY 2004
Radio - On the right wavelength
Radio projects provide young people with a valuable forum to air their views.
John Plummer finds out what is involved in setting up a successful station
sound of R'n'B fills the studio as Monica Lawal, 18, prepares to present her
next show on Issue FM. "I love debating," she
says. "This is a great chance to talk about things that interest
me and to represent young people."
Issue FM is one of a growing number of UK radio stations run by young people,
for young people. Radio is not only a relatively cheap way of communicating
to an audience, it is also a great youth work tool. Increasingly, schools and
youth services are recognising that the airwaves present teenagers with a fun
way to learn and express themselves.
Thai NGOs Receive Media Communications
The Internews Mekong project trained 10 representatives
from Thai NGOs on methods of communicating their message to the
media in advance of July's 15th International AIDS Conference.
The NGOs represent youth, high-risk and marginalized groups,
including people living with HIV/AIDS, intravenous drug users,
migrant and mobile populations, and other vulnerable groups from
across the Mekong region.
MORE DETAILS AND CONTACTS
CALL FOR APPLICATIONS
OneMinutesJr workshop in Reykjavik, Iceland
the European Cultural Foundation (ECF)
and the OneMinutes Foundation will
organize a OneMinutesJr workshop for young people aged 12-20 from
the Nordic countries.
Ofcom research sets food advertising to children in context
Ofcom has today published the findings of research
into the role of
television advertising in the context of the wider public debate
The research was undertaken in response to a request
in December 2003 from the Secretary of State for Culture,
Media and Sport that Ofcom look at the rules relevant
to food advertising directed at children
RESEARCH PAPER (1.21 MB in pdf-format)
EXHIBITIONS / PROJECTS
"Lives in Transition: Expressions
of Refugee Youth" on display at the United Nations General
Assembly Building July 28 - September 30, 2004
Exhibition of photographs and testimonials by Iraqi, Afghani, Sudanese, Somalian,
Colombian and Burmese refugeeS will start July 28 to September 30th in the United
Nations Building in New York. The intimate exhibition created by National Geographic
provides us with intimate portraits of families and community torn by civil wars,
ethnic conflicts and poverty.
According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, "Out of
an estimated 20 million refugees, displaced persons and other vulnerable groups
around the world today, 50 per cent are children." The AjA Project, a San
Diego-based non-profit organization dedicated to providing innovative media arts
and photography-based educational programs for refugee youth, will be featuring
its students' artwork
Too Much TV in Childhood Affects Adult Health: Otago Study
too much television as a child has long-lasting effects on adult
health, according to a world-first University of Otago
study about to be published in the leading international medical
The Study has followed a group of around 1000 children
born in Dunedin in 1972-73. Every two years between the ages of 5
they were asked how much television they watched. The researchers
found that those who watched the most television had the most health
problems as young adults.
Young People join Carol Bellamy to tell British Prime Minister
LONDON, 20 July 2004 - Seven young people from the developing
world met the British Prime Minister Tony Blair today and told
him about their experience of living with HIV/AIDS.
The visit to
London was organised by the UNICEF UK National Committee after
a personal request from Mr Blair who has pledged 150 million
pounds sterling to help children who have been orphaned and made
vulnerable by HIV and AIDS.
UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy
accompanied the young people to 10 Downing Street, the British Prime
official residence, and praised their role in helping raise awareness
CRC - Thai version added to MAGIC resources
The Khmer version of the Convention on the Rights of the
Child was added to the
MAGIC RESOURCES. You can browse the different
languages (more than 30 as of July
19, 2004) or go straight to the Thai
56th Annual Primetime Emmy Nominees
Click here to see the nominees in the category "Outstanding
CRC - Khmer version added to MAGIC resources
The Khmer version of the Convention on the Rights of the
Child was added to the MAGIC RESOURCES. You can browse the different
languages (more than 30 as of July
19, 2004) or go straight to the Khmer
Star in education partnership to combat Aids in India
The Rupert Murdoch owned Star Group in association with The Gere
India Trust, Avahan-India Aids Initiative, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
and the Kaiser Family Foundation have launched the Heroes Project. This is a
three-year campaign to combat HIV/Aids in India.
Star India/Star Care, which is a division of the Star Group has made a commitment
worth $14 million over three years. The funds will be used towards cross platform
media placement of HIV/AIDS public service messages (TV and radio), TV and
radio entertainment programming and news coverage.
The first television message,
featuring Indian cricket star Rahul Dravid, will debut this month. In addition
Star will institute
its own HIV/Aids employee education curriculum.
PCTV team to look at Juvenile Justice issues
Phillips Community Television (PCTV) announces that the youth media
team called Force Five Productions will be making two videos as
part of the summer 2004 youth worker program looking at "juvenile
justice" issues in the community of Minneapolis.
The Force Five
Productions team is Ishaq Abbas (14), Fardosa Hassan (14), Hamdi
Hassen (15), Zelealem Mekuria (14), Josslynn Parker
(15). These five youth producers are working at PCTV as part of
the summer youth employment program through the city of Minneapolis.
For more info, contact PCTV via e-mail.
OneMinutesJr workshop report
Read a young producers report on the
recent OneMinutesJr workshop in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Click the
to get to TEENAGER,
youth magazine, for the Russian language article.
TV soaps told curb violence to protect kids
Television bosses have
been told to ensure young viewers have greater protection
from scenes of sex and violence. The order from the watchdog Ofcom
reflects concerns that broadcasters are exploiting
guidelines by showing programmes with adult themes before the
the news and we can also make our own newspapers!” - Young
people at UNICEF workshop affirm their aspirations and learn to
Madagascar, July 14th: In a first for media and children in Madagascar,
a group of 40 adolescents
aged 12-16 gathered together in the nation’s capital to learn
about how to create their own newspaper.
These young journalists, many of whom had expressed an interest
to UNICEF in becoming young reporters, came from four regions of
the country -- Mahajanga,
Fianarantsoa, Toamasina and Antanananarivo. They spent two days together – in
groups of 10 -- learning from newspaper “people” about how to put
a newspaper together.
Making movies: Junior reporters of Viet Nam are trained in basic
By Michael Oko, intern UNICEF Viet Nam,
June - August 2004
Shortly after touching down at Noi Bai, the international
airport in northern Vietnam, on a steamy hot Sunday evening, I located
the UNICEF car, and we quickly made our way onto the highway toward
Hanoi. The rush of traffic, honking horns, and crush of motorbikes
all declared my arrival in this highly energized city. The decibel
level alone made it clear that I was not in America, my home country,
A little more than twelve hours later, I found myself at
the khach san La Thanh—a large, dusty yellow, slightly dilapidated,
former hotel that now serves as a conference center—for the
opening ceremony of UNICEF's first ever Junior Reporters' Club
course in Basic Video Production. There were three groups of teenagers
selected for this two-week introductory programme on making videos.
They would be taught everything from how to create a story, to
shooting with digital video cameras, to editing the footage into
a final product. At the end, the students would have three completed
films, each approximately five minutes in length. Through the latest
video technology, the young people would have an outlet to share
their stories. The project would also provide the kids with video
skills that they could pass along to their peers.
I was on hand to
assist Paul Cantwell, a television editor from the Australian Broadcasting
Corporation (ABC) who was heading up
the training programme. At home, I am a graduate student at Johns
Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies in
Washington DC. With a background in documentary and commercial
film production, I would do my best to overcome the language barriers
to offer my professional experience to the training.
Kami shines at international AIDS conference
BANGKOK, 13 July 2004 - UNICEF's "Champion for Children" Kami
shared the spotlight with UNICEF Executive Director
Carol Bellamy on Tuesday at the International AIDS Conference
in Bangkok, Thailand.
The HIV-positive Muppet from Takalane Sesame
was helping Ms. Bellamy launch a major new report on global
orphan estimates at a news conference. Speaking on behalf of millions
of children orphaned by AIDS, the furry yellow Muppet
from South Africa cheered and charmed an otherwise sombre and weary
group of journalists. "Ms. Bellamy, I'm so happy to be here
in Bangkok," Kami
told the UNICEF
Executive Director in a brief dialogue to open the news conference.
Youth Press in the Republic of
Moldova / 2003-2004 Guide online
The publication, written by the Young
Journalist Center (CTJ) in Chisinau
with support from UNICEF in Moldova can be accessed through
website or through the MAGIC
RESOURCES. It comes as an 811 KB
Algerian youth tabloid launched
A cheeky tabloid
for romance-thirsty young Algerians hit news stands this weekend,
another sign life is returning to normal for a Muslim country
isolated by more than a decade of a bloody holy war. The twice-monthly
publication breaks with tradition by explicitly writing about
sex, pre-marital relationships and other social issues which are publicly taboo in Algeria.
(July 8, 2004) OneMinutesJr workshop on HIV/AIDS teams up with
International AIDS Awareness Expedition 2004
The participants of the Bishkek OneMinutesJr workshop showed the
first results of their workshop today in a joint press conference
with a German team of mountaineers on their way to Peak Pobeda
(7438 m) in Kyrgyzstan.
While the OneMinutesJr workshop brings
together 21 young people from the Caucasus and Central Asia to
produce OneMinutesJr on HIV/AIDS and narcotics, the mountaneers
will raise a symbolic Red Ribbon on the highest mountain in Kyrgyzstan
raise awareness for AIDS.
They have covered more than 10,000
km already by car from Germany to Kyrgyzstan and will now try to
cover the last 7 km by foot, up to the summit of Peak Pobeda.
MORE ABOUT THE AIDS AWARENESS EXPEDITION 2004
ADDITIONAL ARTICLE on HIV/AIDS in Central Asia
Bill Studies Effects of Media on Kids
The US federal government is getting involved in studying
what effects various forms of media have on children's
health, cognitive development and skills. About $90 million
is being spent for researchers to figure out whether kids'
favorite TV shows, movies and video games are actually bad for their health.
OneMinutesJr workshop on HIV/AIDS in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
21 teenagers from 8 countries in the South Caucasus and Central Asia are meeting
in the Kyrgyz capital Bishkek to produce a series of short films on HIV/AIDS
The young filmmakers started the workshop which is organized by UNICEF, the European
Cultural Foundation and the OneMinutes Foundation on
script-writing, film-screenings and a presentation on the HIV/AIDS situation
in Central Asia.
On the second day,
they already started filming and editing and will finish around 20 OneMinutes
by the end of the week. The films will then be available online at www.theoneminutesjr.org.
WATCH ONE OF THE ONEMINUTESJR ON HIV/AIDS
Effects of media on mind discussed in Pakistan
Exposure of children to scenes of violence,
natural disasters, catastrophic events and crime reports on television
leads to stress, anxiety and fear among children leaving far reaching
impacts on their personality.
These views were expressed at a seminar
on "Mind and media",
organized by the Endeavour-A Youth Forum at the Aga Khan University
Auditorium. The speakers said that research had shown that children
and adolescent were prone to imitate what they saw on media. Effects
could be evident immediately or surface a year later, they added.
Teachers' Development Centre Director Prof Abbas Hussain said that
children through media got aware about certain facts of life
mysteries, contradictions, tragedies and violence, which were not
considered suitable for them to know.
REQUEST FOR COOPERATION
Media Literacy Study 2004
Jan Vincens Steen from WAN in Oslo and Jennifer
O`Reilly from Belfast are currently doing a European Media Literacy
study for WAN,
the World Association of Newspapers. This request for collaboration
on the Media Literacy 2004 study goes out to all teachers and newspaper
representatives in Europe.
"We would like YOU as a representative of your school or newspaper to contact
us. We want contact with both newspaper representatives and teachers in ordinary
schools. Please get in touch with email@example.com, and we will then send
some "open" questions to be answered. Thank you for your help!"
An example of the work WAN has been doing in this
field is the (global) study "Children
Jan Vincens Steen
Leder for Avis i Skolen - Mediebedriftene
Tollbugaten 27 / 0157 Oslo / Norway
Tel: +47 22861227 or +4792053152
CALL FOR APPLICATIONS
OneMinutesJr workshop in Romania - September 2004
Within the framework
of the OneMinutesJr
network, UNICEF, the European Cultural Foundation
and the Sandberg Institute will organize a workshop for Roma youngsters
between 14-16 years of age. The workshop will take place in Targu
Mures, Romania, from September 2-7. Roma boys and girls from Slovakia,
Serbia & Montenegro, Romania, Hungary, Bosnia & Herzegovina,
Moldova, Ukraine and Bulgaria are invited to APPLY for the workshop.
Latest Voices of Youth newsletter online - Young people
and HIV and AIDS -
"An ounce of prevention equals a pound of cure"
On 11 July 2004, at the XV International AIDS Conference, young
people will join policy and decision makers as they struggle with
ensure access to HIV and AIDS information, skills, services and
care for all. This 10th issue of “What Young People are Saying” underscores
young people’s dedication to the fight against HIV and AIDS
and their unique capacity to pinpoint the critical issues, concrete
solutions and recommendations for what we all can do – together.
NEWSLETTER in pdf
Aspects of Human Development Journalism now part of University
curriculum in Moldova
university course of lectures on covering
aspects of human development was recently published in Chisinau.
The book, which appeared in
500 copies in Romanian and in Russian, is a joint initiative of
the journalism department of Moldova State University and the Independent
Journalism Center carried out under the auspices of UNICEF.
highlights include the fundamentals of reporting about social development,
poverty, children's rights, human trafficking, HIV/AIDS
and other issues. Since the fall semester of 2003, "Journalism
for human development" is part of the university journalism
"Children under 16 Allowed!" competition held
by Internews Russia
This summer, Internews and the Tochka Upory Foundation
are holding a competition for children's animated films about human
rights called "Children
under 16 Allowed!"
The competition will fund the production of short animated
films based on short novellas in Andrei Usachev's book "The Universal
Declaration of Human Rights Retold for Children and Adults," each
of which illustrates provisions of the Universal Declaration
of Human Rights.
animation studios that are selected will participate in a pre-production
workshop in Moscow and the finished films will
be included in a multimedia encyclopedia of human rights that will
be distributed to educational institutions throughout Russia. The
competition is being carried out as part of the United Nations Decade
for Human Rights Education, a ten-year program (1995-2004)
encouraging member states to eradicate illiteracy and to direct
education towards the full development of the human personality
and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental
For more info, please contact Irina
Emshanova, Director, "Kultura" Project
for Internews Russia.
Watching TV 'blocks sleep hormone in children'
Exposure to television can influence melatonin levels in children
and possibly contribute to the premature onset of
puberty, according to a study by scientists from the University of Florence.
Training School Subject Of Film -
Former Resident, 16, Documents Conditions At Juvenile Facility
a film crew in tow, a former resident of Connecticut's troubled Juvenile
Training School has returned to document the
problems that have plagued the Middletown facility.
The school, which
has been the focus of investigations into allegations of youth beatings
and of corruption in the Rowland administration,
is now the subject of a brief film that provides commentary on
Former resident Travis Ruffin, 16, returned in
May with a camera crew of other teenagers to film a 25-minute documentary,
York Times reported Saturday.
The project, organized and paid for
by Youth Rights Media, a nonprofit group established by three Yale
graduates in 2000, produced
the film, "CJT$: At What Cost?"
ARTICLE (free subscription necessary)
Young reporters go to jail in Moldova
Five high-school journalists from the Youth Media Center in Chisinau
went for a visit to their fellow detainees from the
Reformatory Colony in Lipcani. It was the first time when teenagers
that had nothing to do
the justice system committed no crime entered a Jail for minors.
The Reformatory Colony from Lipcani town is the only prison in
of Moldova for boys between 14 and 18 years old that are convicted
obstruction. At present, there are 185 young men between 14 and
21 years of
age imprisoned here. They got here after committing theft, robbery,
and even murder. Depending on the gravity of their crime, each
one of the boys has to remain in prison for a period that can vary
to 10 years.
Life at the Colony is not easy, the boys say, but it is much better
the Pre-trial Detention Facility. "Here we have
got fresh air, we can
the sun and play football from time to time." A
lot of the boys come from vulnerable, extremely poor families. They
have been expelled from their schools, society, and even
from their own families. Maxim is 17 years old and he comes from
Chisinau. He wasn't
10 when he became an orphan. His father left their family when Maxim
just a little boy. Then his mother died of tuberculosis. He lived
and, from time to time, visited one of his aunts. Because Maxim
didn't have money for food, he used to steal different
things and then sell them. Only
when he got bored of the street life he went to school. First time
released on bail: "No one told me that for any
small offence I could
back in court and that, the second time, my penalty would be even
severe", says Maxim. On the contrary, a lot of
people told him he
couldn't be imprisoned because he's a child. Maxim has
been in the Reeducation Center of Lipcani for 2 years
now. In another 2 years he will be free,
no one is waiting for him out. He says he will leave for Russia
his father, watch him in the eyes and ask for some help. Maxim
having children and being able of providing them a decent life...
In the Republic of Moldova there is no Specialized Juvenile Justice
that would correspond to the special needs of the children suspected
accused of obstructing the law. Their cases are examined and compared
grown-up cases, and the procedure can last for months, or even
years. As a
result, even if they are guilty of something, their child rights
being complied with. The reform of the juvenile justice system
UNICEF Moldova and the Government of the Republic
Moldova, in cooperation with non-governmental organizations, have
this year the project "Reforming the Juvenile Justice
System in the
Republic of Moldova".
After this visit to the colony in Lipcani, the young journalists
Youth Media Center, together with UNICEF Moldova, decided to initiate
activities for raising awareness of the public on juvenile justice
Also, they will inform their fellow detainees about their rights
obligations, about their health risks, life and freedom, and other
they should know about. In this way the boys would be more ready
returning into the society that is waiting for them, for the time
be free and they will have to take the right decisions on their
VIEW THE PICTURE STORY BY THE YOUNG JOURNALISTS
Media Messages on Health & HIV/Aids Target African
created by and for young people have become a centerpiece of efforts
to educate teens about health risks. Organizers of those
campaigns say they are potent tools for protecting teens from HIV
and other risks of sexual activity.
"Aids is replacing football as the most talked
about subject," a
contestant in a competition called "Scenarios from Africa" told
researchers. "Before, we were not interested. Now we are."
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