Final media forum “Child’s destiny through a journalist’s eye” took place in Odessa
Odesa, Tuesday, 20 October, 2009 - Today the final media forum “Child’s destiny through a journalist’s eye” gathered journalists, government and NGO representatives in Odesa. The forum was part of a series of events that highlighted the role of mass media in child-related issues coverage that have been conducted in Kyiv, Donetsk and Lviv.
The project that is initiated by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Ukraine started with a presentation of the Ukrainian version of international handbook Media and the Rights of the Child. Prominent Ukrainian journalists as well as experts from the media organization Internews Ukraine were involved in adapting the handbook to create the Ukrainian version.
Well-known Ukrainian journalist Vakhtang Kipiani, one of the leaders in adapting the handbook said, “This handbook is very unique and does not look like any traditional media manual. This book contains story lines that could be the basis for media coverage on various children’s issues. Additionally there are test questions for journalists who are trying to cover child rights’ issues. The manual is also very handy as a daily reference for these journalists.”
Media and the Rights of the Child was developed for journalists who work on stories about children. It aims to enrich their knowledge on children’s rights and to encourage media to have a strong voice on the protection of children’s rights. Another goal of the handbook is to stimulate accurate coverage of children’s issues in mass media. With the support of UNICEF and International Federation of Journalists, this manual has become a background of media education programmes worldwide.
At past media forums with this project, students, media professionals, governments and NGOs gathered at the same table and held discussions on coverage of the children’s issues in Ukraine. The handbook has also been disseminated widely among universities, libraries and media representatives all over Ukraine.