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International Children's & Youth Radio (ICYR)
Children and youth broadcasters in 10 countries are preparing
to a Manifesto, articulating what they need from radio and what
want to say on the radio.
In a process that was begun by the CREW youth broadcasters
at Bush Radio in Cape Town two years ago,
young radio representatives are aiming to launch their
completed manifesto at the 4th World Summit on Media for Children
in Brazil next year. The (ICYR) Manifesto
is the first document of its kind to define
the role of radio broadcasters as duty bearers to action the
child's right to education, information and
entertainment and also to enable children's
freedom of expression regarding news issues that affect their lives.
The World Radio Forum (WRF), which is a group of broadcasters,
producers, journalists and NGOs involved in
making radio for, with and by children, has
taken up the ICYR initiative because of its potential to harness
the energies of children's & youth radio
groups in many countries. WRF supports the
original initiative of Bush Radio's CREW youth broadcasters
and is working to extend its scope and impact
with the support of other organisations such
as the International Save the Children Alliance, Plan West
Africa Regional Office (WARO), and the Children As Partners Alliance
Once completed, the document will serve as an instrument of
change to inform policy makers and radio broadcasters
of the programming needs of children and of
their rights to participation. It will be citing articles of
the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, present the thoughts
and contributions of children and youth in
their own words and setting new standards
for the provision of appropriate programming.
For more information, contact Sarah
at the World
Would you want your teenage daughter to read this?
No way, says outraged Geldof
It would be unfair to say the editors of teenage girls'
magazines have a one-track mind; after all, they also like J
Lo, shift dresses from Top Shop, and perfect nails. But they
do seem particularly keen on sex.
from The Independent
Kids becoming fast food TV nation
Junk food does have an effect on children's behaviour and
advertising strongly influences what youngsters want to eat,
a new report has found.
The study, the most comprehensive of its kind conducted on
the subject, found most food adverts aimed at children appeared
on TV. They are dominated by what it calls the "Big Four" -
breakfast cereals containing sugar, soft drinks, sweets, and
The past decade has also seen a rapid rise in advertising
by fast food chains, which often use the offer of free gifts
to tempt youngsters, it says.
from The Guardian
Emmy Award for best Children's Program
Kids of diverse backgrounds share their thoughts on a national
tragedy and provide surprising words of wisdom and insight in
the exclusive HBO special THROUGH A CHILD'S EYES: SEPTEMBER 11,
ABOUT THE FILM
Penguin Group launches Television Division
"Penguin Television will add a new dimension to the
Penguin brand and help Penguin's best projects make the natural
leap to worldwide television. We've had a warm welcome from publishers
in the UK and the US and have at least two dozen exciting ideas
on the drawing board."
4th Annual Radio Kidocracy Konfrence
In less than one week children from various countries and
representing various organisations and radio stations will again
converge on Cape Town to participate in the 4th Annual Radio
Kidocracy Konfrence*. The conference which has attracted interest
from various countries including Burundi, India, Ireland and
Mozambique will be held at the Ganzekraal Conference Centre in
Mooreesburg on the West Coast from the 28th September to the
3rd October 2003.
(*The KIDOCRACY KONFRENCE name was created for the event to denote
a form of society characterised by social equality and acceptance of young people
with representation for and by young people.)
Parents Group Says There's Too
Much Profanity on TV
The Parents Television Council
fired another broadside at broadcast TV on Tuesday, finding
that foul language
increased between 1998 and 2002, particularly in the so-called
family hour between 8-9 p.m.
New Website on Children and Youth in Organised
The key objectives of this project are to document cases
of children and youth involved in armed groups in countries
that are not at war, produce and make available information
on the issue, educate the public and the international community,
and to identify and suggest best practices and
share solutions to the problem.
WORKSHOPS / FESTIVALS:
Young producers screen their films in Moldova
OWH TV Studio and UNICEF Moldova organized an official screening
of 17 OneMinute films made by young people
The event on September 8th started with the presentation
of the documentary film "Video Laboratory
for Jr. 2003", in which the
training process and the production of the
films were reflected. The event continued with the screening
During the screenings, representatives of mass-media
and youth organizations, well-known directors and film critics
from Moldova had the chance to discuss the films with the
OWH TV Studio also organizes
International Festival of Documentary Films CRONOGRAF,
taking place from December 9-14, 2003.
A special section
at this year's festival will be dedicated to the 17 OneMinute
films produced by the young directors from Moldova.
For more info, please email Viorel
, Project Manager
at OWH TV Studio
, UNICEF Moldova.
Weeding through Kids' TV
Unfortunately, not all children's shows are like "Olie." There
are plenty of mindless programs that champion aggressive
behavior or offer little educational value, say parents
and TV watchdogs.
And many families have hundreds of channels,
making it even more challenging to pick out the best programs.
The good news is there are some truly spectacular kids'
shows out there - you just have to look, say advocates for
quality children's television.
from The Ledger
Protection of minors in the media
At the initiative of Viviane Reding, Member of the European
Commission responsible for Audiovisual Policy and Youth,
the Commission is organising a meeting of scientific experts
in Brussels on 10 September to provide input to its debate
on protecting young people against television, Internet
and video game violence as part of the review of the "Television
without Frontiers" Directive and the 1998 Recommendation
on the protection of minors in audiovisual information
At the end of 2003 or the beginning of 2004, the Commission
will present a communication on the future of Community audiovisual
policy, which will look into whether there is a need for
new Community measures on the protection of minors. One of
the priorities of the 1998 Recommendation was to call upon
Internet access providers to introduce codes of practice.
European Commission hopes that this meeting of some of Europe's
best experts, psychologists, sociologists,
criminologists and education specialists will produce a scientific
opinion on the extent and forms of violence in the media
and their consequences for young people, the respective roles
of regulation and self-regulation, and education in critical
use of the media, as a basis for finding working solutions
in an area of major concern to politicians, parents and experts" Viviane
Reding said, adding that "the 1998 Recommendation is
being applied satisfactorily. It has led to new codes of
practice, information campaigns and action plans against
illegal content, including the Community "Safer Internet" programme
launched in 1999".
20 experts from Italy, Belgium, United
Kingdom, Netherlands, Sweden, Finland, France, Germany, Luxembourg,
Poland and Spain will exchange news, experience and ideas
at the three round table meetings, which will focus on the
extent and effects of violence in the media, viewer education
and the role of co-regulation and self-regulation.
get ahead at Cinemakids
It was lights, camera, action for
many kids wanting to get a jumpstart in the movie business
this weekend. Cinemakids is a two-part program that
includes screenings of films created by teenagers and a
workshop for younger children.
College establishes Fred Rogers center for child
LATROBE, Pa. (AP) - St. Vincent College, a Roman Catholic liberal arts school,
established The Fred M. Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children's Media
Rogers, whose career included more than three decades as
host of "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood," died of stomach cancer at
age 74 on Feb. 27 after working in children's television for 50 years.The Heinz
Endowments contributed $1 million in startup funds for the center in May, which
will work with the college to establish special degree, certificate and continuing
education programs specializing in early childhood education and children's
from the Associated Press (AP)
ANNOUNCEMENTS / PROJECTS
Beyond Borders - Personal stories from a small planet
Listen Up!, the U.S. based network of youth media organizations,
would like to congratulate awarded participants
and thank all international applicants for their
tremendous effort and interest in our fall youth media project "Beyond
Borders - Personal Stories From a Small Planet."
Up! received up to 50 unique and astonishing
personal stories on fear & security from around the
globe. With only 15 open spots (including U.S.) it was an incredibly
challenging, but rewarding selection process.
organizations to continue to participate in this
exciting project by submitting personal stories about fear
to Listen Up!'s online film festival which
will launch in early Spring 2004.
More details about this festival and other avenues to participate
will be continually posted and updated on
Beyond Borders Awarded Participants
Children's Voice - Ukraine
La Camioneta - Guatemala
Centre for Media Studies - India
Roses Theatre - U.K.
IEarn - Sierra Leone
Sawtona (Our Voice) - Jordan
Polimorfo - Colombia
Daejeon School - Korea (in collaboration with MNN Youth Channel
in New York)
Perpich Center for the Arts - Minnesota, USA
House of Frame by Frame Fierce - New York, USA
Youth For Social Action (Evanston Township High School) -
Spy Hop Productions - Utah, USA
Ghetto Film School - New York, USA
United Forces - Alaska, USA
Light House - Virginia, USA
Beyond Borders International Applicant
Junior Media Society
- Czech Republic
Manana Youth Organization - Armenia
AVE - Bolivia
Suited & Booted - U.K.
Kids for Kids - Israel
Media Education Center - Yugoslavia
Youth Studio ADC - Georgia
Tanzania Media & Youth Development Center - Tanzania
Calling the Shots - U.K.
Reliable Future Youth Organization - Azerbaijan Republic
African Youth Alliance - Ghana
Tej-Prasarini Don Bosco Communications - India
Children's TV shows show wide range of diversity
While adult prime-time shows struggle with diversity - some Hispanics and blacks
have boycotted prime-time TV for lack of representation - children's shows quietly
have grown ore diverse over the past generation, mirroring the children who watch
Children 'worried sick' by news
BBC Six O'Clock News
presenter George Alagiah today spoke of the difficulties
facing parents worried their children
were seeing too much "misery" on television news.
He said children were just as likely to be upset by a
relentless diet of bombs, forest fires and paedophilia
as they are
by the types of programmes traditionally seen as too
adult for youngsters - such as post-watershed drama.
from the Guardian
Annual meeting for media educators in Quito, Ecuador
meeting for media educators and coordinators of the IAPA
10 to 12 in Quito, Ecuador.
The Press Institute, under the auspices
of the Inter American Press Association (IAPA), offers educational
materials for journalists, with a particular focus on Latin
America. The central theme of this meeting is “reading
as a generator of change,” and forms part of the program
Newspapers in Education. The goal of this program is to guarantee
a love of reading among children and accustom them to being
informed at an early age.
from the IJNet
September 8 - International Literacy Day
New data released by UNESCO’s Institute for Statistics
(UIS) on the occasion of International Literacy Day (September
8), show improvement over the past decade in adult literacy
rates for several of the world’s high population
countries, including Brazil, China, Egypt and Pakistan.
According to national
estimates based on census data, compiled for 40 countries,
China made the greatest gains, with the literacy rate of
the adult population (15 years and over) climbing from
in 1990 to 91 percent in 2000. In Egypt, the rate rose
from 44 percent in 1986 to 56 percent in 1996 and, according
recent reports, has risen further since. Brazil posted
an increase of six percentage points from 80 percent in
1991 to 86 percent
in 2000, and Pakistan, between 1994 and 1998, saw a rise
from 39 to 42 percent.
from the UNESCO website
ABU CASBAA UNICEF Child Rights Award 2003
The ABU and CASBAA are now calling
on Asia Pacific broadcasters for the ABU CASBAA
UNICEF Child Rights Award 2003. The Award is made each year
to the best television programming on children's
rights produced in the Asia-Pacific region.
There is one category and one winner.
Programmes both for children
and about children are eligible and can cover any
child rights' issue. Entries can include documentaries that
detail the plight of children, dramas that
help break down stereotypes and discrimination,
or animation that teaches and entertains, television can help in almost every area of child development.
Staying Alive - an HIV/AIDS mass media campaign
Since 2002, YouthNet has partnered with MTV on the Staying
Alive Campaign, which reached over 800
million households worldwide, making it the largest public
health campaign ever.
The campaign produced five hours of television
available to TV and radio stations around the world, and
a website with HIV/AIDS information,
referrals, and programming in English,
French, and Spanish. A case study was recently published
by YouthNet, detailing
the successes and experiences of the 2002 Staying Alive
as pdf-file (998 KB)
OneMinutesJr. workshop in Derry, Northern Ireland
20 teenagers (aged 14-15) participated in a OneMinutesJr.
workshop in the
City of Derry in Northern Ireland from August 26-29, 2003.
The workshop was organized by the OneMinute Foundation (European
, Sandberg Institute
UNICEF's Young People's
) and BBC
It took place in the Nerve
The participants produced nine OneMinute movies at the four-day
workshop and had chosen topics like 'drug & alcohol abuse', 'teenage pop star dreams',
'disability' or 'identity' for their short films. All produced videos will shortly
be online at www.theoneminutesjr.org
For more information, please email Chris
The Derry workshoppers at the video-screening
on the final day
Under-6s watch up to six hours of TV daily
Children aged six and under are watching up to six hours
of television a
even though their parents believe they should be outside playing,
to a survey published today (September 3rd, 2003).
from The Guardian
Call for applications
4th OneMinutesJr. workshop in Berlin, Germany
UNICEF's Young People's Media Network (YPMN), the European
Cultural Foundation and the Sandberg Institute would like
to encourage young people between the age of 12 and 20 to
apply for the 4th OneMinutes Jr. workshop.
The five-day workshop will be held in Berlin, Germany, from
October 10th - 14th, 2003. All expenses in Berlin are paid
for by the organizers.
The workshop is part of this year's Prix
and the films produced
at the workshop will be shown at the festival.
As this is the 4th of a series of regional OneMinutesJr.
workshops in 2003, we would like to receive applications
from young people from the following countries for the
Belarus and Austria.
For more information and an application form, please email Chris
Schuepp - YPMN Coordinator
UNICEF lauds China Central Television's
work for and with children
NEW YORK, 4 August 2003 - UNICEF today honoured China Central
Television (CCTV) for its support for the
International Children's Day of Broadcasting and its contribution to quality broadcasting for and with children.
from the UNICEF website
- children's media from Robinson Crusoe to Harry Potter" - Special exhibition in Zurich, Switzerland,
from May 21 to October 5, 2003
The "Playrooms" exhibition
is structured around five world-famous stories and characters: Robinson
Crusoe, Pinocchio, Alice, Pippi Langstrumpf and Harry Potter
all of them works of literature written originally for
children, but avidly read by adults too. Organized by the
National Museum in collaboration with the Swiss Institute
for Children and Young People, the exhibition uses these characters
to trace the development of children's media from the
early 18th century to the present.
The exhibits range from books
and peep shows to tin soldiers, Lego bricks, Websites and Playstations.
Among the highlights
is a 3-D show about Robinson, Alice and Pinocchio.
history tour featuring figures created by the famous
artist and sculptor, Imre Mesterházy has been installed in
the permanent collection to coincide with the exhibition
and there are to be semi-dramatized readings of "Alice
in Wonderland" in the atmospheric Rococo music
For more information: Museum
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