Tbilisi, 13 April 2017. The Georgian Charter of Journalistic Ethics with the support of UNICEF is resuming monitoring of reporting on children in the Georgian media. The objective of the media monitoring is to review materials on children’s issues published by electronic, online and print media and analyze their compliance with child rights, ethical norms and in-depth reporting standards. The media monitoring will take place from 1 April 2017 until 30 November 2017.
The monitoring will employ both quantitative and qualitative methodologies but unlike previous years, it will focus more on in-depth analysis which implies reviewing the angle or context applied while reporting on children as well as the main topics covering children and children’s issues. Furthermore, monitors will analyze existing gaps in reporting and the relevance of the sources of information utilized.
During the monitoring, special emphasis will be made on the issues that emerged in the previous phase of media monitoring such as the use of children for self-promotion or charity purposes, reports on children with serious health and social problems and indirect identification of children involved in criminal cases, among others. The mid-term report about the results of the monitoring will be released in July and the final report will be presented in December.
Apart from the monitoring, the project envisages several other components: discussions on important issues such as the trends identified as a result of the monitoring of children’s programs, providing university-level instruction on reporting on children, identifying false information and media literacy. There will also be meetings with and competitions for schoolchildren and their best blogposts will be published on the Charter’s media critique platform, mediachecker.ge.
Additionally, five seminars will be organized as part of the project: one at Pankisi Community Radio and another four in different media outlets (two in Tbilisi and two in the regions) to be selected by competition. Trainers will work with the selected journalists on site and assist them in planning and preparing materials.
The Georgian Charter of Journalistic Ethics and UNICEF have been implementing joint projects since 2013. The regular monitoring of the coverage of children’s issues enables an analysis of both trends and developments. The results of the monitoring show that significant progress has been achieved in the ethical reporting on children. The number of materials prepared with children’s involvement has also increased. However, media reports on children exist only in the context of news reports and are limited mainly to brief information. The in-depth analysis of the issues that are of particular importance for improving the situation of children still remains a problem.
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