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    Pay attention to children's issues
    Children in Broadcasting, known as Curious Minds, called on civil society, the media, politicians and government to pay serious attention to issues concerning children.
    The media gives priority to political stories to the detriment of important issues affecting the lives of children, Master Samuel Kissi, President of Curious Minds expressed this concern at a press briefing in Accra. He said it was the hope of members that issues on children would be pursued with the same vigour that political stories were being received.
    The briefing was part of activities to mark International Children's Day of Broadcasting to take place in Kumasi (Ghana) on Sunday, December 14.

    HIV/AIDS messages not getting through
    Communication holds the key to containing HIV transmission and coping with the effects of the AIDS pandemic. However, over the last 20 years communicators have failed spectacularly to confront and contain HIV/AIDS, and in this period it has killed more than 20 million people. Just last year more than 3 million died from AIDS. Here we take a look at a new Panos report which brings together lessons from the many failures and few successes in HIV communication strategies over the last 20 years.

    Seven-hour run of airwaves
    Vande Mataram. Akashvani Kolkata. Shuru holo Kolkata Ko o Kho er prothom odhibeshan ebong FM Gold prochar toronger aajker odhibeshan…
    Words that ring in All India Radio's daily transmission at 6 o'clock sharp in the morning. But on Sunday, the announcement was made by 13- year-old Sanchari Pal. And not just that. The programmes had children in the driver's seat. For Sunday was International Children's Day of Broadcasting.

    UNICEF and OneWorld launch their second annual search for the best radio produced by, for and with children
    We are looking for radio that gives children a central role – grants them an opportunity to express their view of the world – and grabs the attention of listeners. Last year we had a fabulous array of entries and we look forward to receiving many more this year.
    We know there is tremendous talent out there – and we love listening to your work – so show us what you can do. Winning entries will be rewarded with new radio equipment and a commemorative plaque.

    We can be heroes - Sunday, 14 December 2003
    For this year’s ICDB - International Children’s Day of Broadcasting, we invite broadcasters to help children celebrate their local heroes – the adults and children who make things change for the better.
    Throughout the years, the world's largest broadcast campaign for children has produced many outstandingly creative children’s programmes. One station is planning special programming NON STOP from 7am until 12 midnight. A radio talk show will offer a live satellite link-up between children of various ages both from the capital and accross all regions of the country. Tell us what your station is doing to celebrate this year’s event.

    OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media (FOM) writes to Managing Directors of TV and radio stations in new member states of the European Union
    OSCE website - www.osce.org OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media
    Freimut Duve, the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, urges decision-makers at TV stations in the EU accession countries Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovak Republic and Slovenia in his letter to "to focus on children as major consumers of radio and TV programmes and their need for protection and to make children’s programming with home-produced productions and decent air-times a priority in your future endeavours to play a leading role in the media environment of Europe".

    Young reporters at WSIS
    OneWorld TV at WSIS
    Young video journalists from India, Sri Lanka and Uruguay will be covering a variety of topics taking place at the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) for OneWorld TV. These diaries will feature video reports from debates, workshops and other events at WSIS, the ICT for Development Platform and other related meetings.
    They aim to cover topics like access to technology, governance of the internet, open source software, local content, gender issues, youth and the media, mainstream and community media and many more. The events take place from 9th-13th December in Geneva.
    WATCH the stories on OneWorld TV

    Survival Guide for Animators
    In October, the Amsterdam-based Cinekid festival and PRIX JEUNESSE hosted a one-day meeting of 35 production and funding specialists. The aim was to present an overview of the European animation business, especially among countries joining the EU in the coming years.
    The session, and a look at the work of the MEDIAdesks across Europe, was written up into a practical report called A Survival Guide for Animators (368 KB, pdf-file) compiled by the moderator of the event, Jonathan Marks.

    Researchers Admit To Fabricating Interviews for Study on HIV/AIDS Prevention Model for Teenagers
    Three University of Maryland-Baltimore researchers have admitted that they fabricated interviews with teenagers for a study on HIV/AIDS prevention, which received more than $1 million in NIH funding in 1999, the Washington Times reports. Researchers Lajuane Woodard, Sheila Blackwell and
    Khalilah Creek, who were employed by the university's department of pediatrics, said that they made up some of the interviews for a study to evaluate an existing AIDS prevention model, called "Focus on Kids." The model is a "widely used" comprehensive sex education curriculum, according to the Times.

    2 Million American Children Have Their Own Websites
    According to data recently released from "Children, Families and the Internet," a survey by Grunwald Associates, more than 2 million American children ages 6 -17 have their own personal websites. This figure represents fully 10 percent of the 23 million kids who have Internet access from home today - a threefold increase since 2000.

    Step by Step: Launching a Balkan Children's TV Magazine
    The seaside town of Ulcinj in Serbia & Montenegro hosted the fourth workshop devoted to launching a Balkan children's TV magazine among Serbia& Montenegro, Albania, Macedonia and Kosovo. The workshop was organized and co-hosted by PRIX JEUNESSE INTERNATIONAL, UNESCO, OSCE Pristina, Goethe Institut Belgrade and DTV Production Belgrade.
    MORE INFO from the Prix Jeunesse website

    We all know what "fear and security" mean when spoken by politicians and mainstream media, but what do they mean in the lives of young people? With a digital video equipment and limitless creativity, youth producers from a number of countries worldwide places below are creating the following personal stories.
    MORE INFO form ListenUp!

    Child poverty adverts banned
    After record number of complaints to the advertising watchdog, Barnardo's is forced to axe its pre-Christmas campaign. Barnardo's, the children's charity, was forced to axe a pre-Christmas advertising campaign after the Advertising Standards Authority ruled the content to be too shocking. The ads, including one showing a computer-generated image of a new-born baby with a cockroach crawling out of its mouth, were likely to cause serious or widespread offence, the authority said.
    FULL ARTICLE from The Guardian

    "Best videos about and for children" awards ceremony to be held in Kyrgyzstan on December 9, 2003
    The competition is dedicated to the International Children's Day of Broadcasting (ICDB) that is celebrated on the second Sunday of every December. It is organized by UNICEF in the Kyrgyz Republic, Internews-Kyrgyzstan, Soros Kyrgyzstan and the Kyrgyz National Broadcasting Corporation. The competition lasted from June to December and more than 60 entries were submitted.
    For more info, contact Internews Kyrgyzstan

    The Teen Reporter Handbook
    The Teen Reporter Handbook represents the collective knowledge of a long history of radio reporters, producers and storytellers.
    The Teenage Diaries series was founded on the principle that everybody has a story to tell. The Teen Reporter Handbook was written by Joe Richman, Producer of Teenage Diaries on National Public Radio and will soon be translated into Russian.
    The pdf-version (623 KB) is here - the html-version is at www.radiodiaries.org/makeyourown.html.

    U.N. Exhibit Features Artwork Of Bosnian Children Of War
    They may look like your average teenagers, but the Bosnian teens, whose artistic memoirs are now on display at the United Nations, are children of war. The exhibit, called "Aftershocks: Art and Memoirs on Growing Up in the Aftermath," is the result of a program by New York City nonprofit, the Children's Movement for Creative Education, which has spent the last eight years bringing creativity and self expression to New York City schools. Two years ago, it began working with teens in Bosnia.
    "Giving them an opportunity through writing and visual artwork, primarily, to talk about their experiences as children, about what happened to them during the war there," said Kate Chumly, the co-director of the Children's Movement, "and talk about what present life is like and what they anticipate and hope for in the future."

    Turner Int'l Plans To Beam Pogo In Regional Languages
    Riding the success on the Cartoon Network's regionalised contents in the last few months, Turner International India (P) Ltd has proposed to make available its new exclusive kids channel - Pogo - in the regional languages within a month of its launch in January 2004.

    VII Barcelona International Television Festival (FITB) announces winners
    The winning film of the UNICEF PRIZE was THE SKY IN HER EYES by Ouida Smit and Madoda Ncayiyana from South Africa and was produced in 2001. The jury's comments on the film: "The video shows the solidarity and tolerance between boys and girls, which goes further than that shown by adults, facing the social rejection which is implied by an illness like AIDS and the loneliness a child suffers who is a victim of this situation".
    The prize was awarded by Mr Victor Soler-Sala the Director of UNICEF-Catalonia and was collected in the name of Vuleka Productions by Mr Flavio Signore from the International Festival of Human Rights, Barcelona.
    The majority of the UNICEF PRIZE jury consider giving a SPECIAL MENTION to a film that: "although it does not reunite all the requirements necessary to obtain the UNICEF PRIZE, its realization by the children themselves has been evaluated and it's function of denunciation despite the fact that a solution is not proposed". - The film is: PEQUEÑAS VOCES, by Eduardo Carrillo, Colombia-UK, 2003.
    The CREATIVE PRIZE, which is directed to all students studying filmmaking and audiovisuals through media schools and colleges, was awarded to the film by Tilmann Vogt entitled SNOUT, Germany, 2003.
    "The jury unanimously put forward amongst other motives: it's originality, imagination, aesthetics, 3D animation and the presentation and resolve of a conflict through tolerance".
    The VIII edition of the Barcelona International Television Festival (FITB) will be held from the 15th to the 20th November 2004.

    Radio boost for Palm Is youth
    The youth of Palm Island in north Queensland will soon have a radio station of their own to communicate with their friends and fellow island residents.
    The station is part of a new $4 million youth and community centre being built on the island, which will also include recreational facilities and places for children to learn new skills.
    The state Member for Townsville, Mike Reynolds, is confident teenagers and other community members will get behind the radio station. "Look, I've seen the radio station operated in Aboriginal communities like Cherbourg [in south-east Queensland] which I did a couple of weeks ago, and I think it's important for young people to have that sense of identity," he said. "I think that can be seen as training a lot of people in that area of communication."

    Curb on junk food adverts to combat child obesity
    The government is to intervene in Britain's obesity crisis by asking the new television regulator Ofcom to draw up a tough code on junk food and drinks advertisements directed at children.
    In an interview with the Guardian, the culture secretary, Tessa Jowell, said she was worried about the "growing crisis of obesity in children" and would call on Ofcom to revise the "inadequate code" on advertising.
    FULL ARTICLE from the MediaGuardian

    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.
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    UNICEF appoints Sesame Street muppet Kami as global "Champion for Children"
    UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy with Kami
    © UNICEF/HQ03-0411/Sesame 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."
    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.
    Emir Kusturica at the OneMinutesJr Awards 2003
    © 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 OneMinute format.”
    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 - OneMinutesJr winner 2003George Baramidze - OneMinutesJr winner 2003
    Hendrik Krinal (18) & George Baramidze (14)

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