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Children's Film Festival in Cologne, Germany
Little revolutions - Children strike back. That's the motto of Cinepaenz
- the 14th Children's Film Festival in Cologne that takes place here
from Nov. 22-29 this year.
How can children fight for their rights? How can they make their points
clear towards adults? How can they claim their place in this world? These
are the topics of this year's films which are shown in participating
cinemas and children's & youth centers throughout Cologne. As in
the past, some of
the films will be shown for the very first time in Cologne. There are
also workshops and events on media education with a highlight on young
people with disabilities.
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 Award, conferred jointly by the International
Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and UNICEF.
UNICEF appoints Sesame Street muppet Kami as global "Champion for
Workshop/John E Barrett
NEW YORK/ GENEVA, 24 November 2003 -
UNICEF today formally appointed Kami, the HIV-positive
Muppet who appears regularly on the South African
co-production of Sesame Street called Takalani Sesame,
as a global "Champion for Children."
AUT students dominate Media Peace Awards
AUCKLAND (AUT/Pacific Media Watch): A Fiji Islander
is among Auckland University of Technology students who dominated
two categories of New Zealand's annual Media Peace Awards
held earlier this month.
UNICEF Upgrades Radio Journalists
Luanda, 01/11 - At least 16 radio journalists from seven of the country`s
18 provinces have concluded on Friday at Viana district, in Luanda, a
seminar on journalism`s basic techniques. Promoted by the United Nations
Children`s Fund (UNICEF), the seven-day seminar dealt with theoretical
and practical works, based on new concepts of journalism.
The seminar, which was conducted by the coordinator of Brazil`s Baia
Community Radio, Vilma Alcantara, enabled the exchange of experience
among journalists from Luanda, Cabinda, Huambo, Bie, Uije, Huila and
This is the second seminar that UNICEF promotes in Angola with the local
journalists. The first was carried out in 2002 with radio, television
and printing journalists. Speaking to Angop
the head of UNICEF`s Information Office, Mrs Patricia Cervantes, said
that the UN agency intends also to promote the participation of children
in the social communication organs, radio, in particular.
On the other hand, the official announced the holding of a seminar, next
week, at the Children National Institute (INAC), which will be attended
by 28 children under 17 years, adolescents and journalists who coordinate
children programmes. This action aims to transmit the need of children
and family`s rights, within their community. Mrs Patricia Cervantes considered
radio as one of the most favourable means for the divulgation of the
Parents, teachers, and the school administration at large have been able
to stop bullies in the schoolyard. However, there is a new breed of bullies
and these folks can't do all that much to stop them. As a result, there's
a new term out there called "cyber- bullying." It involves
computers and digital devices. News stories keep popping up worldwide
on the subject. Bullies identify a victim and send abusive emails, Instant
messages (IMs), text messages, spread rumors in chat rooms, online bulletins,
make annoying cell phones calls, and now blog.
Iberoamerican Communication Children's Rights Awards
Journalists from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, México,
Nicaragua and the United States are the winners of the 2003 Iberoamerican
Communication Awards for the Rights of Children and Adolescents, an international
jury announced in San Salvador on November 7th.
The awards are given every two years by UNICEF, the Spanish news agency
EFE and the Santillana Foundation for Iberoamerica. The prizes are given
to broadcast and print journalists for outstanding work that raises awareness
about the plight of children facing poverty, discrimination and violence
in Latin America, Spain and Portugal.
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 2003/Chris Schuepp
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 backgrounds makes every film special. But I finally nominated those
who have best managed to tell a big story within the discipline of the
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 competition.
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 and Moldova.
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)
AIBD Television Programme Awards for the Year 2003
" A baby's world - the first step", an educational television rogramme
of the Korea Broadcasting Association (KBA) and the Korea Educational Broadcasting
System (EBS) and "AIDS Song", a TV spot against HIV/AIDS of the Young
Asia Television (YATV), Sri Lanka, were awarded the UNESCO sponsored $2,000 Television
Programme Awards of the Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development (AIBD).
The award, recognizing the achievements of television producers in the
Asia-Pacific region is given in the two categories: the best television
spot in a campaign against HIV/AIDS and the best educational television
The prize for each of the awards was a cash prize of US$2,000, presented
by UNESCO along with a trophy and certificate from the AIBD.
5 years of the OneMinutes in Amsterdam, NL
Exhibition open from November 15-29, 2003
(Tuesdays - Saturdays from 1:00 - 6:00 p.m.)
Free entrance - For more info, please click here
ACPC documentary wins UNICEF prize
School of the Highlands, a video documentary produced by the Asian Council
for People s Culture (ACPC) was awarded the UNICEF Prize at the 30th
Japan Prize International Educational Program Contest.
Brazilian seminar examines children - media relationship
Journalists, media producers, and "opinion-makers" are
invited to attend a seminar that will examine the different
ideas concerning the relationship between children and the
media. "TVQ (Quality Television), Infancy, Adolescence
and the Media" will take place December 9 to 11 in Sao
Paolo. The Brazilian Center on Media for Children and Adolescents
(MIDIATIVA) is organizing the event with the Investigative
Laboratory on Infancy and Communication (LAPIC) of the University
of Sao Paolo, and the Social Service of Brazilian Business
The program will include roundtable discussions with Brazilian and international
specialists who will analyze how children and adolescents can act as subjects,
producers, actors, and consumers of mass media.
The conference will open with a presentation by Cecilia von Felitzen, coordinator
of UNESCO's Clearinghouse on Children and Violence on the Screen, which
studies the relationship between media and young people. There will also
be screenings of films, videos, TV programs, and public awareness campaigns
that relate to the themes of the seminar.
For more info, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Nominees for 2003 OneMinutesJr Award announced
The following 12 videos & their makers have been nominated
for the 2003 OneMinutesJr Awards.
In the category "Inside - Out":
Love your neighbours like yourself - Maris Lagzdins (Latvia)
Fog - Corina Butnaru (Moldova)
Origin - Oleg Frolov (Uzbekistan)
Government must protect children from the exploitation - Lela Ninoshvili & Tamar
A minute - Zdenka Zvarova (Slovak Republic)
Don't leave child out - George Baramidze (Georgia)
In the category "Best of the World":
Punk's not dead - Dieder Enters (Netherlands)
Hans - Hendrik Krinal (Estonia)
Faith - Arivind Abraham (Malaysia, currently UK)
The ball - Victoria Coroban (Moldova)
A little car accident - Vitalie Stasii (Moldavia)
Collage - Ellada Kiryakulova (Azerbaidjan)
The Award ceremony will be held in Amsterdam on November 16th, 2003. The
winners and a number of nominees will attend the OneMinutes Festival in
the Netherlands, together with the jury member Emir Kusturica (filmmaker
and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for Serbia & Montenegro).
More information on the OneMinutesJr and many of the videos are available
WORKSHOPS / OPPORTUNITIES:
Arab Women's Media Center plans workshop for Arab youth
The Arab Women's Media Center (AWMC) and Pax Christi Netherlands
are organizing a workshop for Arab youth on issues related
to modern media in the Middle East and abroad.
The groups have scheduled the "Media for non-Media" training
course for January 10 to 15, 2004, in Amman, Jordan. University students
from Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, and the Palestinian territories are invited
The AWMC said that more than half the population in the Middle East is
under 30 years-old, and many are eager to learn more about modern media
systems in the region and abroad. The event will feature lectures on topics,
such as the media's role in spreading human rights, the portrayal of Arab
media in Western culture, the media's role in combating drugs, and positive
and negative aspects of media law legislation in the region.
The problems young people in these countries meet are
similar and by bringing students from these different
countries together, they can learn from each other's
situation and from the different levels of press freedom
in each other's countries," the AWMC said.
details in Arabic
PRESS RELEASE / RESEARCH:
Media and mothers are the most useful source of learning about love, sex
66% of young people say that the media are a useful or very useful ‘way
to find out about, love, sex and relationships’ in a study published
today by the Advertising Standards Authority, British Board of Film Classification,
BBC, Broadcasting Standards Commission and Independent Television Commission.
This put the media on par with mothers - 66% of young people say they learn
about relationships from their mothers.
The report is based on the research project Young People, Media and Personal
Relationships, by Professor David Buckingham and Dr Sara Bragg of the Institute
of Education, London University. It is the first study to focus on how
young people (aged 10-14) interpret and respond to the sexual content they
encounter on mainstream television, while considering other media exposure.
It confirms that children prefer to learn about sex and relationships from
media such as teenage magazines and soap operas. This was primarily because
these media are a less embarrassing way to learn about relationships, more
informative, more attuned to their needs and concerns. Sex education in
school is criticised by children for being too didactic and too narrowly
focused compared with the media in its approach.
of the Press Release
(as pdf-file - 577 KB)
International Children's Day of Broadcasting theme 2003
The theme for this year's ICDB (December 14th, 2003) is heroes and role
models. Under the banner 'We can be heroes,' UNICEF is urging broadcasters
to throw the spotlight onthose inspirational people - young and old - who
help to make a world fitfor children.
More info on the ICDB
WHO Media Award 2004 - "Future for our Children"
WHO/Europe is inviting entries for the WHO Media Award 2004, the "Future
for our Children" and they would like to spread the word to reach
as many film-makers as possible.
The Fourth Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health will bring
together the 52 countries of the WHO European Region in Budapest in June
2004. The focus will be on how to reduce children's exposure to environmental
hazards. To mark the occasion,the WHO Media Award 2004 will be presented.
This is an award for films, programmes and public service announcements
which touch on the subject of children and environmental hazards. They
might be on for example, topics such as children and asthma, traffic, allergies,
floods, chemicals, radiation,injuries, poverty, the afermath of war, unsafe
water or bad housing. There are three categories (short films and public
service announcements, documentaries, programmes made for or by young people
(fiction or documentary)). The closing date is March 2004.
For more info, click here
email Viv Taylor Gee
at the WHO
New Study Finds Children Age Zero to Six Spend As Much Time With TV, Computers
and Video Games As Playing Outside
Washington, D.C. – Even the very youngest children in America are
growing up immersed in media, spendinghours a day watching TV and videos,
using computers and playing video games, according to a new study released
on October 28th, 2003 by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Children
six and under spend an average of two hours a day using screen media (1:58),
about the same amount of time they spend playing outside (2:01), and well
over the amount they spend reading or being read to (39 minutes).
OF THE PRESS RELEASE (PDF)
(PDF - 1MB)
Commonwealth Broadcasting Association Awards 2003
The CBA Unicef Award for Outstanding Local Children's Broadcasting has
beenawarded to BBC World Service Trust/Doordarshan and Naco, the Indian
AIDS organisation, for a vigorous and pioneering TV campaign on AIDS
aimed at young people, which challenged minds and changed behaviour.
The eight-member team led by series producer Sonia Chowdhry was honoured.
More info on the CBA
Kids account for one out of five Internet surfers in the US - More than
27 million American kids connect online
Nielsen//NetRatings, the global standard for Internet audiencemeasurement
and analysis, reports that more than 27 million Internet users between
the ages of 2 and 17logged online from home in September 2003. Twelve million
children aged 2-11 in the U.S. accessed theInternet from home while 14.9
million teens aged 12-17 connected online. In September, kids betweenthe
ages of 2-17 represented 21 percent of active at home Internet users or
one out of five Web surfers.
OF THE PRESS RELEASE (PDF)
Sesame Street Stories for children in the Middle East
Episodes of the popular Sesame Street TV series for children are being
produced in Israel, Jordan, and the Palestinian Territories with the
support of the European Commission within its EU Partnership for Peace
Programme. Building on the well-established Sesame Street model, these
Sesame Stories aim to promote long-term respect and understanding in
the Middle East among Palestinian, Israeli, and Jordanian children, in
the belief that ignorance of others fuels the ongoing conflict in the
Children fuel internet explosion
Children are leading the way when it comes to venturing into cyberspace,
surfing the net for music and games. The number of children online in Europe
has jumped by a third in a year, analysts Nielsen/NetRatings have found.
MP champions fast food ad ban
A Labour MP is to introduce a bill that would ban fast food companies
from advertising to pre-school children amid mounting pressure for
the government to act to stem the rising tide of obesity among children
in the UK.
Debra Shipley, the MP for Stourbridge, wants parliament to vote for
a ban on the "advertising of high fat, high sugar and high salt
content food and drink during pre-school children's television".
Unicef art contest winners awarded in Oman
Images of peace, friendship and a beautiful environment were among the
winning entries of the children's art competition entitled 'The World
We Want', organised by Unicef under the auspices of the Ministry of Education
and the Ministry of Social Development in collaboration with the Omani
Society for Fine Arts and private sector sponsors.
Out of the circle - Campaign on Exclusion of Children Begins
The Macedonian network of NGOs working on child rights
promotion and Step by Step launched the campaign focused
on exclusion of children under the motto "Out of the
circle". UNICEF supports the campaign together with
the Foundation Open Society Institute - Macedonia and the
King Baudouin foundation. Over 200 children from rural and
marginalized areas were involved in development of messages,
drawings and stories about their life and how it feels to
be excluded. Their messages will be used for the one-year
campaign and will be displayed on billboards, city lights,
posters and TV spot. The National Coordinator of the
Macedonian network Antoni Novotnii presented an open letter to the Minister
of Labour and Social Policy Jovan Manasievski calling for finalization
of the National Plan of Action for Children. The Head of UNICEF Office
Debora Comini called for new partnerships and cooperation with the media,
civil society, governmental and non-governmental institutions - to promote
society where diversity is respected, where the rights of every child
are upheld, where no child is excluded. Across the countries of Central
and Eastern Europe, the Commonwealth of Independent States and the Baltics
the NGO Networks for Children with UNICEF support run similar region-wide
public awareness campaign with a generic name Leave No Child Out.
For more info, please see the UNICEF
OneMinute on Social Inclusion from Macedonia (1.92 MB, RealPlayer format)
the Berlin workshop videos
The OneMinutesJr website has been updated and now shows the 21 films
produced by young filmmakers at the Berlin workshop (October 10-14).
Go to www.theoneminutesjr.org
Disney Mag Caught 'Tween' A Kids Market And A Hard Place
Disney Adventures publisher Kathy Gordon doesn't mince words when
talking about challenges facing the handful of "tween" magazines
battling for market supremacy. "It's an incredibly tough place
to be," she says plainly. "There's only about five ad categories
we can get. Beyond that, it really drops off."
Indeed, certain categories - pharma, luxury goods - obviously have
no place in a publication targeting children between the ages of
six and 12. Other advertisers, like video game companies, tend to
spend most of their dollars in Maxim and FHM before parceling out
the scraps to younger-leaning titles. This leaves the tween mags
- and there aren't many of them, perhaps owing to this precarious
market position - to fight over a narrow range of confections, toys
and packaged goods companies.
Soap ratings war 'exposes children to TV violence'
Children are being exposed to scenes of increasingly explicit sex andviolence
in television soap operas amid an intense ratings war, according toa
study published on October 6th.
Of almost 1,000 parents interviewed about their attitudes to the 9pmwatershed,
47 per cent said they were concerned that soap operas containedmaterial
that was not suitable for children. They expressed particularconcern
about the "moral" effect on their children of a ratings war
between Coronation Street on ITV and EastEnders on BBC.
Around one third were also worried about content in crime series such
as The Bill on ITV and police and hospital dramas, according to the joint
study by the BBC, the Broadcasting Standards Commission and the Independent
Television Commission. A total of 4,000 adults and 1,500 children were
questioned about pre-watershed viewing, either in focus groups or surveys.
The research forms part of a series of studies by broadcast watchdogs
into children's reaction to television. Last month a study into television
violence accused Hollyoaks and Buffy The Vampire Slayer, which are aimed
at teenagers, of "overstepping the mark".
The report found that 95 per cent of adults and 72 per cent of children
support the watershed, which is policed by the ITC and the Broadcasting
Standards Commission, both of which will be replaced by Ofcom in December.
Under watershed rules programmes deemed unsuitable for children
watching alone cannot be shown before 9pm. After that scenes equivalent
to a 15-certificate film are permissible, and 18-certificate content
can only be shown after 10pm.
Publication of the report, The watershed: Providing a safe viewing zone,
coincides with a series of soap storylines testing viewers' tastes. Parents
were concerned at a plot in Coronation Street in which a serial killer
drives into a canal in his car containing his estranged wife and her
children. A significant minority of parents, particularly those with
younger children, believed the underwater shots showing the family struggling
to escape should not have been shown until later in the evening.
from The Independent
Campaign for Listening to Young People in the UK
The Big Listen is a week dedicated to listening. It will feature
activities designed to encourage more adults and organisations to
listen to young people. It will also help to raise a lot more money
for ChildLine, the UK's free, 24-hour helpline for children and young
The Big Listen is part of the BT 'Am I Listening?' campaign which
was launched in October 2002. It kicked off with the unveiling of
a new partnership between BT and ChildLine, and the launch of BT's
biggest ever social campaign.
Although the initial focus is on helping ChildLine, this is only
the beginning of a long term campaign which aims to ensure that every
young voice is heard. The motivation comes from some original research
that was conducted by BT in consultation with ChildLine in 2002.
It revealed that the majority of children and young people in the
UK believe that 'their voices are not being heard and acted upon'.
During the Big Listen, BT will be working in partnership with ChildLine
to publish guides to listening, both for adults and children and
young people. In addition, the British Youth Council will pubish
a new lobbying guide for young people. These new publications will
feed in to an online debate.
For more information, contact:
The Big Listen
Claire McDonald, Project Manager
Tel: 00 44 20 7428 4946;
MPs Want New Child Rights in UK Law
An influential group of MPs and peers will call on the government to
incorporate the UN convention on the rights of the child into British
law, the Guardian has learnt.
Such a move would allow children to challenge in the courts any legislation
or policy as being against their best interests.
from The Guardian
Internews and UNICEF Pave the Way For Future Youth Media Centers
51 young people from various schools, orphanages and boarding schools,
half of which belong to Youth Volunteer Groups that have been formed
in the UNICEF supported Youth Resource Centers in collaboration with
the Ministry of Education, took part in a series of journalism seminars
in Baku and Ganja jointly organized by Internews-Azerbaijan Public Association
from the Internews Azerbaijan website
www.theoneminutesjr.org voted "World
Site of the Month"
The OneMinutesJr website was voted "World Site of the Month - October
2003" by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The link on their website
in Dutch only, but you can find more info on www.theoneminutesjr.org
or in the MAGIC
Two of the OneMinutesJr from the Tbilisi workshop will be shown on BBC
2 on October 18th and 20th as part of the BBC Blast TV program. For more
info, please go to the BLAST
Children in Newspapers - A Global Content Study
The "Children in Newspapers" global project asked students aged
10-12 to read their local newspaper for one week, cutting out, discussing
and categorising articles that portrayed children.
This work builds on earlier studies from the United Kingdom (1998) and
the United States (1996), where newspapers were not partners in the effort,
as well upon a Nordic NIE Survey of 2002 and four previous studies of young
people in the press carried out in Norway/Sweden between 1994-2000.
on the WAN
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