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MAGIC news archive
November 2004

NEWS
For quality digital TV - Brazil
The Ministry of Communications is soon to put out a call for tenders to contract research institutions interested in taking part in formulating and setting up the Brazil's Digital TV System (Sistema Brasileiro de TV Digital, SBTVD). The idea is for Brazil to develop a model of its own, tailored to the needs of the national market. In the opinion of Professor Bruno Feijó, of Rio de Janeiro's Catholic University (PUC-Rio), this is a legitimate - but secondary - concern: "Rather than worrying about the transmission model, what's needed is a content policy".
FULL ARTICLE

NEWS
Russian media companies launch unprecedented public health effort on HIV/AIDS

MOSCOW, November 29, 2004 – The Russian Media Partnership to Combat HIV/AIDS – a coalition of leading media outlets and holdings, led by Gazprom-Media, Prof-Media, ROL, CTC Television and MTV Russia -- today launched Stop AIDS (Stop SPID), an unprecedented nationwide cross-platform and cross-marketing media campaign to combat HIV/AIDS through public service messages (PSAs), television and radio programming and print editorial content, consumer products placement, an extensive interactive internet campaign and free print and online information resources. For the first time in the world, competing media companies are launching a coherent, comprehensive campaign under one brand and with one message. During 2005, the Partnership has committed over $50 million worth of commercial advertising space for campaign advertisements.
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NEWS
For quality digital TV - Brazil
The Ministry of Communications is soon to put out a call for tenders to contract research institutions interested in taking part in formulating and setting up the Brazil's Digital TV System (Sistema Brasileiro de TV Digital, SBTVD). The idea is for Brazil to develop a model of its own, tailored to the needs of the national market. In the opinion of Professor Bruno Feijó, of Rio de Janeiro's Catholic University (PUC-Rio), this is a legitimate - but secondary - concern: "Rather than worrying about the transmission model, what's needed is a content policy".
FULL ARTICLE

EVENTS
49 OneMinutesJr videos on the biggest screen of Moldova


49 one-minute videos produced by young people from the Republic of Moldova were shown for the first time on Friday, 26 November, on the screen of the biggest cinema in Chisinau, the capital. The event was organized by UNICEF Moldova and OWH TV Studio.
A year ago, 17 young people from Moldova, produced 17 one-minute films in only 7 days. This year, during a summer school in Crimea, another 30 teenagers lived the fascinating experience of creating a one-minute movie. The 17 young people, who had had this experience a year before, joined them; they produced social spots on HIV/AIDS.
All the participants had the chance to be authors, directors, actors, operators and producers at the same time. The subjects of the 49 movies aim at social inclusion, a world free of violence, giving up smoking and drugs, HIV/AIDS, children with parents abroad, youth dilemmas, relationships with adults, self-awareness, taking right decisions, etc.
Two of the videos, shown in premiere in Chisinau - "Entonomia" (Bugs love) produced by Vitalie Stasii and "Opportunities" by Catalina Iucal - were nominated for the One Minutes Jr. Award 2004. Recently, Catalina Iucal's film got the third prize at the International Festival "Hrustalniy Aist" in Minsk, Belarus.
Eleven of the social spots on HIV/AIDS are being broadcast as social ads on Public Television Moldova 1 within the campaign “10 days against HIV/AIDS", developed by UNICEF Moldova.
All 49 films will be broadcast by 15 local TV stations daily in December.
" This project allowed us express our opinion freely, using cinematography. The 60 seconds were the only enforced limitation", says Victoria Coroban, the author of the HIV/AIDS social spots "Simpler than you think" and "Talisman", participant of the two video workshops in 2003 and 2004. "If an image has the effect of 1000 words, we understand how much one can say in a 60 seconds film", said Victoria Coroban, confessing that it had been the most fascinating experience in her life.
" At first, when we had to choose 30 participants out of the 200 hundred letters with essays, we were nervous", Virgiliu Margineanu, OWH TV Studio Director confessed. "This year we included a special section for this one minute movies produced by young people within the International Festival "Cronograf" run by us in Chisinau. It was a difficult, but interesting and rewarded experience for all of us. This is why we want to go on".
Watch OneMinutesJr from Moldova

NEWS
Watching what we watch - An event on 'media literacy' gave a glimpse into the twilight world of Ofcom, the UK media regulator
'Literacy' is commonly understood as the ability to read and write, which is acquired as a key stage in child development. But what do the terms 'media literacy', 'emotional literacy' and 'political literacy' mean? And why is the UK's media regulator, the Office of Communications (Ofcom), so keen on promoting them?
FULL ARTICLE

NEWS
Bafta overrules children's vote
The verdict of 6,000 children on the year's best film clashed with the official decision at the Bafta Children's Film and Television Awards last night (Adam Sherwin writes).
The children voted for the animated film Shrek 2, which features the voices of Mike Myers and Cameron Diaz, edging out the much-tipped Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. The Bafta judges gave the award to Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
BAFTA HOMEPAGE

AWARDS
UNICEF in Serbia gives out awards for quality reporting on children's rights
Prize-winner in print media, Mrs. Snezana Prljevic - UNICEF Serbia / 2004
Celebrating the 15th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the UNICEF office in Belgrade awarded the Annual Media Prizes for high quality and ethical reporting on children and children’s rights in Serbia. The aim of the prize is to enhance ethical and professional reporting on children and children's rights and inviting for social action in the best interest of every child.
37 journalists applied with their stories and reports for the annual competition with a total number of 45 entries. The jury included UNICEF National Ambassador for Serbia & Montenegro, Emir Kusturica, representative of the Media Centre, Hari Stajner, and UNICEF representative, Jadranka Milanovic. In consultation with an independent media and child rights expert, Prof. Nada Korac, the jury examined the entries and made a decision on the winners.
The criteria for the selection were promotion of children's rights, general journalistic principles, such as investigation, public interests, ethics, professionalism, authenticity and creativity.
Two prizes were awarded - one for print and one for electronic media. The prize for print media went to Ms. Snežana Prljevic of the Belgrade daily Politika for the article “Conscience on the Test”which talks about children with disabilities, families with children with disabilities and problems they face. The prize for the category of electronic media went to Ms. Snežana Špica of the Radio-Television Serbia, Kraljevo Department, for the TV report “When Fortune Plays a Game” which portrays two parentless children in a remote village in central Serbia who live in difficult conditions inappropriate for their age and needs but who do not succumb and who survive.
READ THE FULL JURY DECISION

EVENTS
Launch of OneMinuteJr Films at International Roma Film Festival, Skopje (Macedonia)
Award-winner Tatiana Panait filming a OneMinuteJr
18 Macedonian teenagers took part in a 4-day film workshop in Skopje from Nov 5-8, 2004 to produce films around the topic of 'Safe Environment'. The films, produced by a mixed group of ethnic-Roma, ethnic-Albanian and ethnic Macedonians from Macedonia will for the first time be presented to an audience of film makers, TV producers, young people and other guests at the Second International Roma Film Festival in Skopje, the 25 - 27 of November.
The films will, together with OneMinuteJr. films produced by Roma Youth from the CEE/CIS at the recent Targu Mures workshop, be used to kick start a discussion about Youth participation in Media. The Roundtable discussion is initiated by UNICEF to help put young people and their rights related to participation in media development and broadcast on the agenda.
One of the films that will be shown is this years winner of the OneMinuteJr Category "Inside Out" - 'Sleeping in an Orphanage' by Tatiana Panait (19) from Romania.

AWARDS
ATN Bangla wins International Emmy for children’s broadcasting
Young reporter from the Bangladeshi Young TV programme Amrao Korbo Joy  -  UNICEF 2004
NEW YORK, 22 November 2004 - ATN Bangla from Bangladesh has won the special International Children's Day of Broadcasting Award at the 32nd International Emmy Awards Gala in New York City.
The International Emmy was awarded jointly by UNICEF and the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (IATAS) in a star-studded ceremony this evening at the New York Hilton Hotel.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Harry Belafonte presented the award to ATN Bangla, which was chosen as having produced the best programming on the International ChildrenÂ?s Day of Broadcasting (ICDB) in December last year. Presented 11 months later, the award highlights the winnerÂ?s achievements in promoting children's rights and supporting children's participation in broadcasting.
FULL ARTICLE

CARTOONS
Top 10 Cartoons for Children's Rights announced by UNICEF

NEW YORK, 19 November 2004 – UNICEF has just released the ‘Top 10 Cartoons for Children’s Rights’, as selected by polling broadcasters and communicators, to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Cartoons for Children's Rights is a UNICEF broadcast initiative that aims to inform people around the world about children’s rights. (See also ‘What are children’s rights?’, below.) So far, the effort has forged partnerships with many well-known animation studios that have developed more than 80 half-minute public service announcements (PSAs).
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RADIO
UNICEF-supported radio network reaches children in Vanuatu

TANNA Vanuatu/NEW YORK, 18 November 2004 - Children in the South Pacific country of Vanuatu are hearing radio broadcasts for the first time.
UNICEF's Deputy Executive Director Kul Gautam was in Vanuatu early this fall for the launch of a UNICEF-supported programme that has brought a community FM radio network to life.
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BROADCASTING
Controversy Over New Broadcasting Regulations
CARACAS, Nov 16 (IPS) - A draft law on "social responsibility in broadcasting" is seen by the Venezuelan government and its supporters as a tool for protecting children from inappropriate programming and bolstering independent media.
FULL ARTICLE

NEWS / EVENTS
Launch of OneMinuteJr Films at International Roma Film Festival, Skopje (Nov. 25 - 27, 2004)
18 young Macedonians took part in a 4 day film workshop in Skopje from Nov 5-8, 2004 to produce films around the topic of 'Safe Environment'. The films, produced by a mixed group of ethnic-Roma, ethnic-Albanian and ethnic Macedonibans from Macedonia will for the first time be presented to an audience of film makers, TV producers, young people and other guests at the Second International Roma Film Festival in Skopje, the 25 - 27 of November.
The films will, together with OneMinuteJr. films produced by Roma Youth from the CEE/CIS at the recent Targu Mures workshop, be used to kick start a discussion about Youth Participation in Media. The Roundtable discussion is initiated by UNICEF to help put young people and their rights related to participation in media development and broadcast on the agenda.
One of the films that will be shown is this year's winner of the OneMinuteJr Category "Inside Out" - 'Sleeping in an Orphanage' by Tatiana Panait (19) from Romania.

NEWS / AWARDS
Romanian & Armenian teenagers win OneMinutesJr Award 2004
Tatiana and David with filmmaker Ferenc Moldovanyi and their OneMinutesJr awards - UNICEF/MAGIC 2004
Tatiana Panait (19) from Romania and David Martirosyan (13) from Armenia celebrate their success at this year's OneMinutesJr Award with the Hungarian filmmaker and jury member Ferenc Moldovanyi.
NARINEH'S PROFILE
TATIANA'S PROFILE
PICTURES FROM THE ONEMINUTES AWARDS FESTIVAL 2004
READ THE JURY SPEECH
WATCH NARINEH'S FILM (QuickTime format)
WATCH TATIANA'S FILM (QuickTime format)
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NEWS
Media professionals in Madagascar construct a code for ethical reporting on children’s issues
ANTANANARIVO, November 20, 2004 - On the occasion of the 15th anniversary of the signing of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, professionals from TV, radio and the print media in Madagascar, gathered together, after two days of intense discussions, to sign a code of professional conduct related to reporting on child rights issues.
FULL PRESS RELEASE

NEWS / AWARDS
2004 International Academy/UNICEF Award will recognize best TV programming by children

NEW YORK, 17 November 2004 – Every year at the annual International Emmy Awards Gala, the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and UNICEF present a special award to the broadcaster whose programming best captures the spirit of the International Children’s Day of Broadcasting (ICDB).
The winner of the 2004 International Academy/UNICEF Award will be announced at the International Emmy Awards Gala in New York City on 22 November 2004. The four finalists for the 2004 International Academy/UNICEF Award are: ATN Bangla of Bangladesh; BTV-8 of China; Nation Television of Kenya; and Lao National Television of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic. All of the finalists are broadcasters who have given a central role to children in their programming – with outstanding results.
MORE INFO & VIEW CLIPS OF THE NOMINEES

RESEARCH
Community radio needs research in Tanzania
Members of the Young People's Media Network in Tanzania (YOMneT) supported community media actors in three districts in Tanzania-Masasi, Makete and Hai-to conducted a paticipatory community radio needs research. The purpose of the research was to facilitate dialogue and meaningful participation of members of the community to input on the Council's plan to establish a community radio in each of the three districts, with UNICEF support.
The research was done in the first week of November. Overwhelmingly, children and young people in all districtys wanted the radio "yesterday" just as adults whose opinion was that "with our radio, we could have reduced poverty." In Makete district, a woman selling potatoes in a village, some 75km from an already remote district headquarters said: "The day i could use radio to sell my potatoes and get money to support the three orphans I am staying with, I will know we are entering the 21st Century..."
FULL RESEARCH SOON AVAILABLE ON MAGIC (in French)

NEWS / PRESS RELEASE
BELGRADE, 16 November 2004 - The OSCE Mission and UNICEF Office to Serbia and Montenegro issued the following statement on Tuesday:
" The respect of human dignity, especially that of children, in print and electronic media is among the most important goals of both national societies and the international community at large. Legislative measures adopted at the Republican level and international recommendations are aimed at establishing and securing the right relationship between the principles of protection of children and free speech. The right to free speech should not infringe on the rights of children, especially when they have been victims of a crime. The laws thus respond not only to the challenges that media inevitably face, but also build upon recognized basic professional and ethical standards.
The OSCE Mission to Serbia and Montenegro and UNICEF Office for Serbia and Montenegro call on print and electronic media to address issues involving children with adequate scrutiny and care, considering their vulnerability and the harm that misjudgement by the media may cause. On the eve of celebrating 15 years of the adoption of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, the responsibility to protect children and adolescents from harmful effects of the media should be considered a widely shared value and priority.
The OSCE Mission and UNICEF Office to Serbia and Montenegro are confident that a comprehensive debate on an appropriate framework for confronting similar cases in future will be initiated. The OSCE Mission and UNICEF Office hence express their willingness to provide legal and all other available expertise to public and regulatory authorities, as well as to print and electronic media outlets themselves."
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AWARDS
14 films nominated for OneMinutesJr Award 2004

14 films have been nominated for the OneMinutesJr Award 2004. The pre-selection was done by the BBC (UK) and SVT (Sweden), the jury for the final selection consists of three people: Two young filmmakers - Ellada Kiryakulova from Azerbaijan & Bektour Sydykov from Kyrgyzstan - and the Hungarian filmmaker Moldovanyi Ferenc.
The winners will be announced at the OneMinutesJr Award in Amsterdam, NL, on Sunday, November 21st, 2004 - here are the nominees with links to their films on www.theoneminutesjr.org:

CATEGORY "BEST OF THE WORLD"

- Carousel by Arpine Grigoriyan (Armenia)

- Chalk painting by Nariheh Daneghyan (Armenia)

- Mafiosi by Jom Samah & Julian Wolf (Holland)

- Blip! by Vilhelmina Szpiro (Sweden)

- Revolution by Mikael Bundsen (Sweden)

- Scars by Mariana Mirza (Rep of Moldova)

- Lost communication by Eric Gustafsson (Sweden)


CATEGORY "INSIDE - OUT" (on social inclusion)

- And you are the one... by Sofia Pensar (Finland)

- Sleeping at the orphanage by Tatiana Panait (Romania)

- Bugs love by Vitalie Stasii (Moldova)

- Remember forever by Victoria Nikolenko (Kazakhstan)

- Opportunities by Catalin Lucal (Moldova)

- untitled by Vangel Kirilov Hristov (Bulgaria)

- Bad disease by Ayzada Jarybekova (Kyrgyzstan)

NEWS
Fight Over Showing Violence on TV
Staff Writer The State Duma is considering a bill that would heavily restrict scenes of violence on television, but which people in the television industry warned could kill the medium.
The bill, which taps into the deep-rooted perception in some circles that Western influences are eroding values, would not only prohibit television from showing Hollywood action flicks from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. but also everything from boxing matches to terrorist attacks.
" The streams of blood that splash today on the screens are destructive for the subtle psyches of children," the bill's sponsor, Deputy Andrei Skoch of the United Russia party, said in a statement. "Society must have reasonable restrictions that protect our children from non-children fare."
The bill says television would not be able to show "dead bodies, scenes of murder, beatings, the infliction of serious, medium and light injuries, and rape and other violent activity of a sexual nature."
FULL ARTICLE FROM THE MOSCOW TIMES
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AWARDS
Armenian teenager wins global photo contest
Moushegh Baghdazarian from Manana Youth Center in Armenia
Moushegh Baghdazarian, a young YPMN member from Armenia, won the "Best of - Democracy and Governance" category in the 2004 Photoshare Photo Contest.
The jury said about his photo: "A dramatic photo of a woman holding a flag - demonstrating her power with her voice instead of a gun - this best illustrates democracy and the power of the individual." - 2004 Judges
SEE THE WINNING PICTURE
Moushegh was also recently awarded with a Certificate of Excellence by the Chicago International Children's Film Festival for "Intervention" as Best Child-Produced Film or Video.

RESEARCH
Children: The new media consumer in Madagascar
Antananarivo, November 15th, 2004: A study, launched today, by the Minister of Communication and the National Statistics Institute, in the presence of government officials, UN agencies and the nation’s media, revealed that 76% of all households in the country listen to the radio; 32 percent watch TV and 27 percent read newspapers. The study also pointed to the fact that village meetings remain the first source of information for most people and that children, surprise, surprise, listen to the radio as well!
The study, technically and financially supported by UNICEF, was conducted in 13 sites in the country, amongst some 10,000 households.
FULL ARTICLE

AWARDS
Caribbean Media Awards For Jamaica
Officials of the Caribbean arm of the United Nations Population Fund will acknowledge media workers for reporting on adolescent sexual reproductive health and rights issues, in Jamaica next Friday.
The 2004 media awards is slated for the Jamaica Pegasus in Kingston on Friday, November 19 and cash prizes will be given to several Caribbean journalists in print, radio and television categories as well as the new "youth" and "diaspora" reporter categories.
FULL ARTICLE

WEBSITES
UNICEF Netherlands launch "The Cool Chain Game"

(INFO IN DUTCH only - for more on the Cool Chain Game in English, please contact Bert Tielemans at UNICEF NL)
Minister Hans Hoogervorst (Volksgezondheid) en vijf kinderen vermorzelen bij de start van de Kinderrechtenweek op 15 november een brok ijs waaruit een injectiespuit te voorschijn komt. De injectiespuit staat symbool voor de 25% van alle kinderen die wereldwijd niet worden ingeënt tegen de belangrijkste kinderziektes. Met het kapotslaan van het brok ijs start minister Hoogervorst de Kinderrechtenweek en wordt Unicef’s nieuwe internetgame ‘Cool Chain Game’ in werking gesteld. Deze op de werkelijkheid gebaseerde game geeft Nederlandse kinderen de opdracht om gekoelde vaccins vanuit het Unicef-magazijn in Kopenhagen naar kinderen in de binnenlanden van Mali te vervoeren. Enkele duizenden kinderen hebben zich inmiddels als deelnemer opgegeven.
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NEWS
Sesame Street turns 35

Sesame Street, the PBS children's series that debuted Nov. 10, 1969, celebrates its 35th birthday with a cast of familiar characters and some new friends.
The series - with original cast members Bert, Ernie and Oscar the Grouch, and the relatively new regular, Elmo - reached the milestone Wednesday, MSNBC reported.
When the show first aired, Sesame Street was one of very few quality children's programs on TV. But Sesame Street now competes with scores of children's shows from 500 cable networks, as well as programming for DVDs and VCRs, MSNBC said.
Through the years, the series has stayed current with timely themes, including C3PO and R2D2 from Star Wars visiting in 1978, and the 2001 episode in which Big Bird's home was destroyed, paralleling the 9/11 attacks.
SESAME HOMEPAGE

TRAINING / WORKSHOPS
OneMinutesJr workshop ends in Macedonia

18 Macedonian teenagers took part in a 4-day film workshop in Skopje from Nov 5-8, 2004. They produced films around the topic of "safe environment". The videos produced by the mixed group of ethnic-Roma, ethnic-Albanian and ethnic-Macedonian youngsters will soon be online on the OneMinutesJr website.

MEET THE PARTICIPANTS IN A POWERPOINT SLIDE-SHOW

FILMS
Filmmakers document the plight of the world's children
MADRID, 11 November 2004 - Filmmakers Patricia Ferreira, Pere Joan Ventura, Chus Gutierrez, Javier Corcuera, and Javier Fesser have joined forces with UNICEF Spanish National Committee in speaking out for the children of the world.
The five filmmakers made a series of short films entitled "En el mundo a cada rato". Each is contributing to UNICEF their time and effort - along with any future benefits generated from the films.
The films are based on real life stories of children living in India, Peru, Argentina, Senegal and Equatorial Guinea. Among the topics looked at are HIV/AIDS, child labour, malaria, and the rights for all children, boys and girls, to be able to attend school.
FULL ARTICLE from the UNICEF homepage

INTERNET
VOY - Lesson for Life online!

Voices of Youth is hosting its own Lesson for Life online! From 15 - 26 November young people from around the world will come together to identify how all children can be agents of change and help stop the spread of HIV and AIDS.
SPEAK OUT ON VOY

NEWS
Time Warner, Mediaset Launch Children's Channel in Italy
U.S. media giant Time Warner and Italy's Mediaset joined forces on Wednesday to launch a new children's TV channel aiming to attract an audience turned off by the half-naked dancing girls that feature on much Italian TV.
" We are offering a place where all the family can watch safe in the knowledge they are being protected," Jaime Ondarza, director of "Boing" channel, said at the launch.
FULL ARTICLE

ARTICLES
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ARTICLES
Institute Warns: 'Buzzploitation of Minors' a Dangerous Trend
Responding to the growing threat of Internet marketing firms employing minors in sophisticated "word of mouth" campaigns, the National Institute on Media and the Family has launched an investigation into whether some marketers are exploiting children and even exposing them to online predators.
Dr. David Walsh, President of the National Institute on Media and the Family, said Institute researchers have found some marketing firms that are exposing young people to adult-oriented concepts and products, exploiting minors as an inexpensive and unsuspecting distribution force, and creating forums that are easy targets for child predators.
FULL ARTICLE

INTERVIEWS
Rubber Sharks and Real Kids - Ted Baehr tells parents to use common sense and cognitive development theory
In the late 1970s, when Movieguide editor-in-chief Ted Baehr was director of the TV Center at City University of New York, he was immersed in studies of how the mass media influence children at different stages of cognitive development. Now a widely quoted media critic, Baehr continues to be concerned for the impact of movies on children.
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NEWS
Children's TV: call for local budget

More resources should be made available by the BBC to Northern Ireland production companies to make children's programmes, a University of Ulster academic has urged.
Professor Máire Messenger Davies, who conducted a review of the Corporation's digital's channels for children, CBEEBIES and CBBC, for the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, said one of the requirements of the channels was that "a proportion of programme production must be allocated to companies based outside London".
FULL ARTICLE

NEWS
Nominations announced for the 2004 British Academy Children's Film and Television Awards in association with the LEGO Company
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NEWS / RESEARCH
Children's issues are seldom on the front page of Italian newspapers
Florence, Oct. 28 - Issues involving children are seldom found on the front page of Italian newspapers. This is what comes out of a report that was presented today on "Children and the Press" carried out by Florence's Osservatorio su Stampa e Minori dell' Istituto degli Innocenti (the Observatory on the Press and Minors of the Innocents' Institute).
In 2003, the report explains, out of the 26 main newspapers (dailies and periodicals) there were 5,949 articles, of these only 291, less than 5 pct, were on the front page. But do they talk about when they talk about children? Issues about education-school-educational services come first (16.5 pct of the total number of articles). They are followed by health and health services (15.1 pct) and children's rights, especially in terms of negated rights (12.1 pct). A bit behind, there are those on violence against minors (9.9 pct), the relationship between minors and mass media (9.5 pct), minors and families (9.4 pct), hardships-deviance (7.5 pct). Lastly, at the lowest levels, cases of children's violent death, the presence of foreign minors in Italy, and abandonment, poverty, and minors' employment.
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NEWS / RESEARCH
"Digital Divide" Still Shapes Media Landscape: Families with High Incomes, Kids Much More Likely to Have PCs, Broadband, Digital Cable
Households with higher incomes or children are much more likely to own a range of media technologies, from PCs to high-speed Internet access to DVD players, according to a new report series from Knowledge Networks/SRI. By comparison, the "digital divide" between different ethnic and age groups is less severe, though still substantial in some cases.
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NEWS / OPPORTUNITIES
New child-friendly MDGs launch and youth writer competition
As part of the UN week celebration, UNICEF Representative, Bjorn Ljungqvist, launched UNICEF's child-friendly version of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and a young artist/writer competition promoting how Ethiopian youth can achieve the MDGs.
" If we are to meet the Millennium Development Goals here in Ethiopia, we must enlist the support and energy of this country's greatest resource - its youth," said Ljungqvist at a press conference Friday to mark the launch. "The young people of this country are an inspiration. We must harness their energy and vitality and actively support their efforts so that we can meet the goals by 2015."
Each of the eight MDG goals in the booklet is translated into four local languages: Amharic, Orimifa, Tigrinya and Somali. Colourful illustrations by local artist Dereje Demissie capture the essence of each, giving it a truly Ethiopian flavour. UNICEF plans to distribute the booklets nationally through schools, Anti-AIDS clubs and other youth networks.
In addition, UNICEF is launching an artist/writer competition asking young people 30 and under to submit their work depicting how the youth of Ethiopia can achieve the MDGs. Artists and writers are free to express themselves however they feel appropriate. However, all participants must submit an application to UNICEF in writing, in either English or Amharic, on how their artworks relate to the MDGs and youth. Applications are available through the UNICEF Communication Section.
FULL ARTICLE

NEWS / EVENTS
5th International One Minute Video Festival to take place in Amsterdam
on November 21, 2004

This year seven categories and more than 1000 films will compete against each other from 51 different countries. In total 56 films will be shown that have been nominated by the jury members. The One Minutes Junior category was introduced 2 years ago and is supported by UNICEF, the European Cultural Foundation and the Sandberg Institute.
Hungarian filmmaker Moldovanyi Ferenc
This year's jury member for the Junior category will be Mr. Ferenc Moldovanyi, a renowned Hungarian film maker. He has worked as an independent film director and producer in projects such as "The Way", a documentary shown at over 30 international film festivals and winner of several awards. His last documentary feature "Children - Kosovo 2000" was also awarded and shown at many prestigious festivals all over the world.

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