in this section may take you to new, non-UNICEF websites.
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the views of the United Nations or its agencies.
MAGIC NEWS ARCHIVE MAY 2004
RADIO / RESOURCES
Evaluation and monitoring Toolbox created
for a UNICEF-supported youth radio project in Kyrgyzstan
community radio stations can monitor and evaluate
their health and social development programming despite being small,
funds. That's the message of an evaluation and monitoring Toolbox
created especially for a UNICEF-supported youth radio project in
Revealed: How food firms target children
Methods used by the food industry to target children, bypassing
parents and deploying "viral marketing" and "underground
communication" have been uncovered by the Guardian on the
day MPs publish a damning account of the government's "woefully
inadequate" response to obesity.
Documents obtained by the Guardian show that the industry is exploiting
sophisticated techniques to market to children without their parents'
OPPORTUNITIES / ARTS
International Poster Competition: Utopia Station II
Utopia: an ideal that has driven mankind since the beginning of
time. What will the future bring? What will the world of the
future look like? How will we live? These and other questions
are the focus of an international series of exhibitions that
opened in June 2003 at the much-anticipated Biennale Festival
in Venice, Italy. Conceptualized and curated by Molly Nesbit,
Hans Ulrich Obrist and Rikrit Tiravanija, the UTOPIA STATION
project brings together the work of contemporary artists from
Child Art Foundation complements
this concept with a project for children worldwide. Under the
motto "Utopia - children envisage and paint their future" the
question of "What is the future?" will be answered
in inï¿½triguing, funny, whimsical, thought-provoking
and interesting ways. The future is, after all, what our children
make of it. Whether through photos, drawings, texts or collages,
each child will record in his own style, his personal vision
of the future. The result: an absorbing selection of regional
and culturally specific utopias.
A selection of the work created by
the children will be exhibited alongside the utopias of contemporary
and renowned artists at
the Haus der Kunst (in Munich, Germany) from October 1, 2004
till January 9, 2005. Yoko Ono is expected, among others, at
the private viewing. ICAF will invite the nominated children
to take part at the opening of the exhibition in Munich, Germany.
Kids and War Images
At a time when newspapers and television are
running pictures of prisoner abuse and sexual humiliation, what
be allowed to see? At what age are they mature enough to handle
harsh images of war? Is it OK to shield kids from the truth? Join
NPR's Neal Conan and guests to discuss children and difficult images.
Children Harmed by Too Much TV, Exploitative Advertising,
By the time the average
child in Australia and New Zealand leaves school, he or she will
spent more time watching television, playing computer games or
surfing the Internet than sitting in the classroom.
BBC launches WAP and online services for children
The BBC has launched its first online search and mobile phone services
aimed specifically at children. Called CBBC Search, the facility will offer children
the chance to search content not only on its CBBC website but also 'family
friendly' BBC and external sites.
Masterpiece on BBC World - 'I love TV'
In Masterpiece, Ed Butler gets comfortable on the sofa
yet again to find out more about some of our favourite television
In the third of our series of 'I Love TV', we wander into the
realm of Children's television. What shows are our children watching
and why are children's shows becoming increasingly popular with
adults? Are American kids watching the same shows as children
Bali or Karachi or even in Adelaide, Australia?
TO THE PROGRAMME (only from May 18-25,
Bill would ban adverts to children
A children's food bill to ban junk food ads was presented to
parliament on May 18 by Debra Shipley, Labour MP for Stourbridge.
The private member's bill is supported by 114 national health and
groups, and by 12 MPs from each of the main parties. It
requires the Food Standards Agency to draw up criteria for unhealthy
and healthy food, and then prohibit the marketing of foods judged
unhealthy to children. The food industry has lobbied hard against
labelling foods as good or bad.
ARTICLE from The Guardian
Egyptian Journalists Trained to Report on Child Labor Issues
nternews Arabic Network held a training session
in Aswan, Cairo in March to increase Egyptian journalists' understanding
of the harms of child labor and how journalists can help alleviate
this problem in Egypt.
Prix Jeunesse schedule online
The schedule for the Prix Jeunesse in Munich (June 13-19, 2004)
is now online.
Young reporters have a blast with the BBC
Young reporters looking
to break into the BBC have just a few days to apply to
the corporation's young reporter scheme, offering more than 30 teenagers the
chance to work on regional BBC websites. The Blast initiative allows
young people aged between 16 and 19 the chance to shadow
BBC journalists and producers for an eight-week unpaid work experience
placement this summer. Their work will be published on the BBC's regional 'where I live' news sites.
Nigerian News Editors Provide a Voice for Children
An Internews Nigeria "Local Voices" workshop
held in April 2004 inspired six Nigerian news editors, from radio
stations in Abuja, Lagos and Kano, to organize the Voice of Orphans
and Vulnerable Children (VOVC) to address the needs of children,
especially those who have lost parents to HIV/AIDS or are infected
themselves. According to Warees Solanke of Ray Power in Lagos,
1.3 million Nigerian children are so affected.
Young Reporters write for you!
...from the Second Intergovernmental
Conference On Children in Europe & Central Asia
team of young reporters will attend the Second Intergovernmental
Conference On Children in Europe & Central Asia in Sarajevo
(Bosnia-Herzegovina) from May 13-15, 2004.
The young reporters who
come from Germany, Russia and Bosnia-Herzegovina will also participate
in the Children and Young People's Preparatory
Meeting (May 11 & 12, 2004). There they will discuss their
experiences and views on key issues relating to children's
rights and will prepare for the main conference with other
from the region.
The young reporters are Masha Sorotkina (15) from
Penza in Russia, Michael Gromek (16) from Lüneburg in
Germany and Nino Dedalamazishvili (16) from Georgia (from right
to left in the picture above).
Masha, Michael and Nino will write articles, take interviews and
work on feature stories around children's rights and the topics
of the Conference in Sarajevo and are happy to share these with
mass media throughout the region.
The young reporters would very
much appreciate your support of children's rights coverage in
the mainstream media by making
use of the articles they write in Sarajevo. These could be
sent to you via email and digital photos can also be included if
Of course, the articles are free of charge. Credits to the young
writers are obligatory; languages are English, German, Russian
To get in touch with the Young Reporters in Sarajevo,
please contact Chris Schuepp,
Co-ordinator of the Young People's Media Network
in Europe & Central Asia.
MORE ON THE CONFERENCE
PROJECTS / NEWS
Os Tos Mhong! ("Cool!") - Youth radio in Cambodia
There's a fresh exciting youth phone-in show coming to FM
102 in Cambodia this month.
It's called "Os Tos Mhong," or "Cool!" and
it's your chance to get on air and discuss the issues close to
Every Sunday morning from 8 till 9, your hosts Vannak and
Soka will wake you up with a mix of regular features such as What's'
On, a heart doctor to help with relationships, showcasing a new
pop song and competitions. The show will encourage on-air debate,
exploring issues such as youth culture, relationships, music, gender
equality and sexual
health. Os Tos Mhong will be a safe but lively space for young
people to share ideas.
Later in the year, National Radio Kampuchea
(Am) will launch its first live phone-in show. The weekly programme
will target rural
families, dealing with issues of family and Maternal and Child
INFO IN THE MAGIC BANK
OPPORTUNITIES / CONTESTS
World Bank / youthink! announce youth photo competition
"We envision a world free from poverty and disease. We can't
make this vision a reality without you. We need you (14 - 20 years
age) to help shape our future. We want to see what you see, today,
and for tomorrow. You are the present. Start by voicing your vision.
RESEARCH / REPORTS
Children, Youth and Media Around the World -
An Overview of Trends & Issues (2004)
by InterMedia for UNICEF
This 16-page research paper, presented at the April 2004 4th World
Summit on Media for Children and Adolescents in Rio de Janeiro,
provides an overview of trends and issues concerning young people
and the media. It is based on a review of existing print and
electronic sources, interviews with child media experts from
different regions worldwide, and analysis InterMedia's surveys.
FULL REPORT with pictures (pdf - 2.29 MB)
FULL REPORT text-only (pdf - 276 KB)
TRAINING / EVENTS
OneMinutesJr workshop on HIV/AIDS & drugs in Kyrgyzstan
European Cultural Foundation (ECF)
and the OneMinutes
Foundation are now accepting applications from young people
aged 12-20 for the OneMinutesJr workshop in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
which will take place from July 5-9, 2004.
Applicants must be residents of one of the following countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan,
Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan,
If you are from one of these countries and between 12 and 20 years of age, please
fill in the APPLICATION
FORM and send it back via email to Chris
for applications is May 31st, 2004.
The Bishkek OneMinutesJr workshop is going to be the first topical workshop
of this kind. We have chosen "HIV/AIDS & drugs" as the main theme
and hope that the young participants will use their creativity to express themselves
- for the Central Asian and Caucasian region - highly interesting topics.
For more info, please email Chris Schuepp.
UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy - Speech from the Rio
Excerpt: "We as adults owe it to children to use the power of the
mass media to help build a better world. It is our duty to promote
and protect children’s right to speak their minds and to
freely seek, receive, and impart information and ideas.
the mass media is obliged not merely to entertain young minds,
but to help stimulate, inform and educate. We owe
them this not only as a matter of morality, but of law. For in
ratifying the Convention on the Rights of the Child, 191
countries affirmed their obligation to recognize the central
importance of the mass media in promoting child rights."
FULL SPEECH in
pdf (208 KB)
TRAINING / EVENTS
Workshop in Lesotho to focus on media and children
The tiny mountain
kingdom of Lesotho will host a two-week training workshop on reporting
on children's issues. The full-time course, facilitated by the Mozambique-based
NSJ Media Training Trust, will run from August 2 to 13 in Lesotho's
capital, Maseru. Application deadline: June 21.
The course is designed
specifically for senior English-speaking print journalists working
anywhere in the 14-nation Southern African
Development Community (SADC). The course seeks to equip participants
with the ability to understand, analyze and report on children's
rights and wider issues. It also
will attempt to teach journalists how to communicate with children
and write for younger readers.
Special sessions will explore ways
to offer fresh takes on major stories. The issues range from child
labor to child prostitution,
HIV/AIDS orphans, child refugees, nutrition, safe motherhood, education
for girls, water and sanitation, child soldiers, and the current
plight of children in SADC.
For more information, contact Donna
NSJ training coordinator or go to the NSJ
New youth radio show on FM 102 in Cambodia
OS TOS MHONG! ("COOL!" in English) is the name of the
exciting, new weekly call-in show for young people on Phnom Penh
radio station "FM 102".
OS TOS MHONG! is broadcast live
every Sunday from 0800 to 0900 on FM 102, starting Sunday 2 May 2004.
It's a space where young people can voice their opinions
and ask questions about the things that are important in their
lives. OS TOS MHONG! provides advice and information to young people
on personal, health and education issues that interest them. The
show is presented by 24-year old Try Vannak and 22-year
old Phorn Phasoka who share their own experiences as young people
with their listeners.
OS TOS MHONG! has been created by the Women's Media Centre of
Cambodia and is produced by their team of experienced radio staff.
OS TOS MHONG!'s production team explains: "The idea behind
the show is to get young people talking about the things that matter
most to them, including love, relationships and, of course,
sex." OS TOS MHONG! features an innovative mix of callers, information,
advice, music and competitions. Each week, the show will focus
on a particular topic. OS TOS MHONG! encourages young people all
over Cambodia to make contact, not only by phone during Sunday mornings,
but also by e-mail
For more info:
OS TOS MHONG! FM 102
PO BOX 497 /
Phnom Penh / Cambodia
Mr. Kong Villa
Kami from Takalani Sesame Visits World Bank
"It was not easy for me to make friends in school at first," Kami told
World Bank experts on her recent visit to the institution, where she conveyed
her experience of starting school as a five-year old HIV-positive South African
Muppet who lives on Takalani Sesame. Kami and Gary Knell, President and CEO of
Sesame Workshop, visited the World Bank earlier this month to share with Bank
staff how to harness the power of "edutainment" for reaching young
children and enhancing early childhood development.
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.
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