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December 2004

What is a Tsunami? - Kids to Kids website
With the recent scenes of death and destruction on TV, it is often difficult to explain to children what happened when the tsunami struck the coastal areas of South Asia.
FEMA, the US Federal Emergency Management Agency has a child-friendly website that gives explanations of the most important natural disasters such as the recent tsunami. The website address is www.fema.gov/kids.
UNICEF info on the tsunami in South Asia

Essay contest for Latin American children
Education is the essential base for building a democratic society with justice. The Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean of Save the Children Sweden is aware of it and invites all those people interested in contributing with reflections and valuable ideas to this debate through the Essay Contest on "Education in Latin American Future Scenes".
Submit a non-published essay written in Spanish or Portuguese to the e-mail: ensayovisionfutura@scslat.org.
The deadline is February 15 2005, and the essay must be submited in attached Word file, properly identified with the participant's name and address. The contest guidelines are on the web site www.scslat.org..

Youthopia - one of a kind
Understanding sexuality, its importance and its expression drew active participation from Delhi University college students present at an interactive session on 'Sexuality and Reproductive Health Rights of Adolescents and Young People' held in the capital on Friday. The session conducted by Prof Bijaylakshmi Nanda of Miranda College was part of a three-day youth festival - Youthopia-04 that kickstarted in December 2004 and will see participation of students from different universities.

Jamaican Youth Offers Solid Advice On Battling HIV/AIDS
A 12 year-old Jamaican youth wants to take the battle against the spread of HIV/AIDS in the Caribbean into the classrooms. Sean Paul Ashley, a second form "A" student at Jamaica's Campion College, recently told the audience at the 2004 UNFPA Caribbean Media Awards on Adolescent Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights in Kingston, that all educational institutions should be required to introduce courses in "Health and Lifestyles."
"It makes no economic sense to spend vast sums on educating the younger generation in the sciences, computer technology, liberal arts and the professions only to have them cut down in their prime by HIV/AIDS, even before they can provide sufficient returns on the investment," said Ashley, who emphasized that health and lifestyles issues are of paramount importance and that the education system needs to reflect that primacy.

OneMinutesJr documentary on RUV TV and online stream

The documentary on the OneMinutesJr workshop held by UNICEF, the ECF and the Sandberg Institute in Reykjavik (IS) in October 2004 will be streamed live on December 28th, 2004 - from 20.45 Icleandic time (i.e. 20.45 GMT).
At the same time, the 30-min film will be shown for the first time on RUV for the general TV audience in Iceland. The documentary is in English and can be streamed by clicking the button saying "sjónvarpið í beinni" at the link given above.
The workshop in October 2004 was followed by a RUV camera team including film authors Eggert Gunnarsson and Linda Asgeirsdottir as well as cameraman David Gudjonsson.
The documentary shows how the 20 young people from Greenland, Iceland, the Faroe Islands, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, the Aland Islands and Finland use their creativity in the production of OneMinutesJr films on "Youth democracy and youth participation" at the 5-day workshop in Icleand earlier this year.

CRC now available online on MAGIC in 40 languages
The CRC in Dari (Afghanistan) and in Icelandic are the latest additions to the CRC database on MAGIC. Browse the different laguages here.

New Textbook on Media Education for Russian University Students
A training program for Russian university students, carried out at Taganrog State Pedagogical Institute, resulted in the textbook Media Education and Media Literacy, published in September 2004. The project included the writing, publication and free dissemination of the book to Russian libraries. The purpose of this textbook is to help university students to understand the place and role of media and media education in the modern world, describe the historical stages and theoretical sources, as well as show practical experiences. It will also give the students methods for their future media education teaching process. Relevant literature and addresses of associations and organisations are also listed.
The project was made possible by a grant from the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the United States Department of State through a program administered by IREX (The International Research & Exchanges Board). Head of the project was the President of the Russian Association for Film & Media Education, Professor Dr. Alexander Fedorov.
Mediaobrazovanie i Mediagramotnost (Media Education and Media Literacy), Taganrog, Kuchma Publishing House, 2004, 340 p. ISBN 5-98517-007-1.

UN Youth website now also in Russian

Other available languages are English, Spanish and French. Go to the UN Youth site

Handling the media - A Free Toolkit from CIVICUS
This toolkit aims to provide useful insights and tips on how best to use the media. It is meant to be especially useful for organisations working through issues relating to the mass media, and for those who provide interviews to the media.

Government 'failed to back' children's TV in Thailand
Academics, activists and producers of children's television programmes want the government to act against the management of army-run Channel 5 for pulling family and children's programmes from prime time.
They say Channel 5's decision to remove two programmes, namely Samruat Loke (World Expedition) and Baan Lek Thi 5 from next year's schedule, as well as shifting This is Thailand from evening to morning, was against cabinet's resolution last year to promote family programming.
The producers of the three programmes have cried foul, saying they were treated unfairly since their programmes offer useful information to families and children.

Producing your own media - A Free Toolkit from CIVICUS
Media is a powerful tool we can use to communicate our messages and advance our work as civil society organisations. Our media landscape is, however, largely dominated by the mass media, produced for, and in pursuit of profit. It reflects certain interests. Often it handles issues in a sensational way.

ICDB 2004
Chinese TV station CCTV celebrates ICDB 2004
China Central Television (CCTV) broadcast a 30-minute TV Special to mark the 2004 ICDB through its Children's Channel on 12 December 2004 at 9:30. The programme was repeated at 15:20 on the same day and 11:30 and 14:30 on the next day through the same Channel.
The 30-minute programme took the theme of "Building a Safer World Together" and focused on the issue of child injury, which was explored by children themselves through the network of the CCTV Digital Video (DV) Clubs as well as through interviews with their peers, parents and child injury experts. The videos were made by primary school students aged 7 - 12 from Beijing and the provinces of Anhui, Zhejiang and Yunnan.
From the nearly thirty mini-documentaries selected for submission to CCTV, three were shown during the TV Special. After being given careful instructions not to "stage" injuries for their productions, the children went out with their DV cameras to explore and document potential sources of injury in their immediate environments. A studio discussion was then held between the young producers, their peers and parents.
The 2004 UNICEF ICDB TV-spot was downloaded from the UNICEF website by CCTV and edited into both their ICDB programme and a spot announcement broadcast frequently on the CCTV Children's Channel from one week before the ICDB itself.
CCTV plans to make an English version of the programme for entry into next year's International Emmy for Children's Broadcasting.

Latin America and the Global Children's Media Market - Ryan Shiotani at the 4th World Summit on Media for Children and Adolescents
This paper explores some of the challenges related to making Latin American children's television programming part of the global kids market. According to sources cited by author Ryan Shiotani, the children's programming market is defined by shared languages rather than national borders. In that context, Latin America is part of growing "region" including Spain, Portugal, and United States' Hispanics. Worldwide, there are 358 million native Spanish speakers (as opposed to 341 million native English speakers; there are 176 million native Portuguese speakers).

Children's power drives Indian channels
KOLKATA - Come December 18 and a programming board of 20 members of Hungama, India's newest kids' TV channel, will converge at the channel's headquarters in Mumbai for its first "board meeting" since its launch in September. On the face of it, there's nothing unusual about this. All TV channels have program selection boards, which meet from time to time to chalk out their strategy. But Hungama's is unique - all its members are between eight and 15.

Photography: Image is everything
Every day, we are bombarded with visual images, many of which influence our lives without us even realising. Glossy magazines with their photos of airbrushed celebrity bodies can reinforce feelings of low self-worth among teenagers at an age when image and appearance are so important.
In turn, young people are often finding themselves associated with antisocial behaviour. But young people have very little opportunity to understand how they are influenced by images or even how they themselves can challenge the image other people have of them.

Discussion starts for 5th World Summit on Media for Children & Adolescents in South Africa (2007)
“The Summit is like the Olympics; it has to showcase the best.” With these words, Firdoze Bulbulia, Chair of the Children and Broadcasting Foundation for Africa, opened an informal “Think Tank” to propose and develop themes for the Fifth World Summit on Media for Children. “We need to spend the next years finding, brainstorming and workshopping the world’s best ideas.”

Health ads urged for young drinkers
The government should fund television and other health warnings against excessive consumption of alcohol just as it funds campaigns against smoking, the charity Alcohol Concern said yesterday as Britain's teenagers were confirmed as among the worst binge drinkers in Europe.
There had been "zero" Department of Health spending on encouraging safer drinking over the past five years, said Geethika Jayatilaka, the charity's director of policy, amid rising concern that girls in the UK drink more to excess over short periods than boys.


"Make a difference" One minute video contest! - Deadline for submission: 1 March 2005
Create a one-minute video telling the world how young people are speaking out, taking action and making a difference. Videos will be reviewed by a global panel of media professionals and displayed on the main UNICEF website. The winning video will be the official Voices of Youth public service announcement, receive prizes, and will be made available for broadcast around the world on The International Children's Day of Broadcasting.

Palestinian youth produce their own TV programme: Alli Sotak

© PYALARA/2000/Bitar - PYALARA presenters at television studios in Ramallah
EAST JERUSALEM, 10 December 2004 -The 2004 International Children's Day of Broadcasting (ICDB) marks the second anniversary of Alli Sotak (Speak Up), a two hour weekly programme, which is created by and for Palestinian young people.
The inspiration for starting a new programme for youth was born when the Palestinian National TV network realized that, amidst the gloomy circumstances and grim news headlines which children are exposed to , there was a great hunger for positive content. As a result, Palestine TV began to participate in the annual ICDB event in the year 2000, by sponsoring annual special programmes.

Nigerian President chats with children
President Olusegun Obasanjo held a special monthly media chat on 9 December, during which he gave audience to members of the Nigerian Children's Parliament (NCP) at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
In meeting with the NCP, the President provided a forum through which young Nigerians could air their views on issues that are fundamental to them and that are crucial to the overall development and well being of the nation.
An initiative of the Federal Government, the NCP was established in December 2000 through the Child Rights Information Bureau (CRIB) of the Federal Ministry of Information and National Orientation in collaboration with the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).
The African Children Broadcasting Network (ACBN) was subsequently co-opted to coordinate the body, which had its first sitting as part of the events to commemorate the International Children's Day of Broadcasting (ICDB).
The NCP is designed to represent the voices, minds and aspirations of the children of Nigeria, and have them fully taken into consideration in key national decisions and policies.
This Administration, in partnership with a number of stakeholders, is committed to reaching out to and meeting the needs of young Nigerians.

TVCultura builds network for children's TV in Latin America
NEW YORK, 6 December 2004 - For the fourth consecutive year, the Brazilian channel TVCultura has brought together a network of Latin American channels and independent producers, to produce special programmes for the International Children's Day of Broadcasting (ICDB).
The Latin American Network was created with the goal of showing and sharing the diverse cultures of Latin American countries among children. The lively features (which are produced for, with and about children) aim to stimulate the acceptance of cultural differences and varying accents in the region.

ICDB 2004 - OMAN
Tune it to kids in Oman
MUSCAT - Dec 12, 2004 - Today, if you are tuning into the Oman Radio FM, you will be "tuning in to kids". For today is a big day for kids, especially young broadcasters. Today is the International Children's Day of Broadcasting (ICDB), a day when broadcasters around the world "tune in to kids".
Children are invited to be part of the programming process, to talk about their hopes and dreams, to share information and exchange their views. The key to the day's success is childrenÂ?s participation.
For this year's ICDB, the focus is to help children inform themselves as well as adults on how to build a community that protects everyone.
The Oman FM has lined up special programmes for the ICDB today. It is an opportunity to learn more about how kids think and feel.

Children gather online as The State of the World's Children 2005 launches
New York, New York, 9 December 2004-Sixteen-year old Mustafa lives in the Gaza Strip, where political conflict affects his daily life. "When I have an exam I just think about the political topics and I forget the exam and I have problems in my exams," he says.
Mustafa was one of the young people who took part in an online webchat that marked the launch of The State of the World's Children 2005. The webchat was organized by UNICEF's Voices of Youth and the UK National Committee. UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy took part in the webchat and fielded a wide range of questions from the young participants.
Young people from Malaysia, the Occupied Palestinian Territories, the UK and Nigeria talked to each other online about the key themes of this year's report: poverty, HIV/AIDS and armed conflict. Ranging in age from 8 to 19, they talked about how these issues impacted their own lives, as well as how they affected young people in other parts of the world. They spoke from their own experiences and tried to come up with solutions. Amanda saw the effects of armed conflict first hand when she travelled to Iraq with a health organization in 2001.

Building the media bridge: Uniting youth in divided Yugoslavia
What do you do to ease racial tensions stemming from a war in which neighbours killed neighbours and friends turned on friends? In Kosovo, a former province of Serbia still healing from ethnic bloodshed, non-governmental organizations are using community-based media to bring youth from both sides of the conflict together.

Beyond ALL tolerance - Child pornography on the Internet (Save the Children, 2004)
The Internet has been of boundless benefit to information exchange and development, broadening the footprint of democracy and shrinking the world to where we can converse with virtually anyone who is connected. The Internet’s trademark is internationalism.
Ironically but unsurprisingly, this tool of internationalism has hugely benefited the criminal. And chiefly the pornographic criminal. Whether the Internet has merely exposed the extent of child pornography crime or whether it has caused it to explode, is still unsure.
What is extremely relevant is the need for an international effort to stem the tide – but chiefly, to save or help the children affected today, in the past or in the future.
in pdf - 358 KB (2004)

First computer clubhouse for children/youth in Jordan
AMMAN - Her Majesty Queen Rania Al-Abdullah on Monday inaugurated the country’s first Intel Computer Clubhouse -- an after-school program set up to provide community-based technology-learning programs, enabling youth in underserved areas to acquire the tools necessary for personal and professional success.
Established in partnership with the Intel Corporation, the International Youth Foundation (IYF), the Jordanian Hashemite Fund for Human Development (JOHUD) and the Museum of Science-Boston, the Intel Computer Clubhouse will serve young people, ages 10-18, providing them with access to high-tech equipment, professional software and volunteer mentors to help them develop the self-confidence and enthusiasm for learning they need to be successful in the future. The Clubhouse will operate out of the Queen Zein Al Sharaf Institute for Development in Hashmi Al Shamali.
Queen Rania commended the establishment of the Computer Clubhouse, highlighting the importance of such facilities and the resource they constitute for Jordan’s future generation.

Young people from the Video Center (Chisinau, Republic of Moldova) talk to their peers about risks and AIDS through multimedia
Four cartoons, two videographic films and 44 photos produced by children and young people from Youth Video Center were presented in premiere at the UN House in Chisinau, Moldova, on 1 December 2004. The event was organized within the “10 days against HIV/AIDS” communication action organized by UNICEF.
The Video Center was created in 2004 due to the joint efforts of UNICEF Moldova, the municipality of Chisinau and ARTI Studio NGO. It offers young people a friendly space and advanced multimedia technologies. 40 adolescents and young people have already acquired knowledge and skills on producing cartoons, videographic films, as well as knowledge on issues related to communication, team work, health, responsible behaviour and HIV/AIDS.
Young people tell their peers, through cartoons and photos, about the dangers of high-risk behaviours and protection measures against HIV/AIDS and other risks.
The young participants say that they have become more open-minded, willing to communicate and sensitive to their peers’ problems. Also, they have discovered new ways of expressing their ideas.
Andrei Voica, 16 years old, 10th grade: „Due to lack of information, a lot of young people consider that smoking and alcohol are nice ways to relax or to solve problems. I think that the information on the radio and TV is insufficient and not all of our peers understand it, this happens because it is not presented to the young’s people understanding. This is why we try to address our peers in another way, an attractive one”.
Ion Arama, 16 years old: “I represent the team that created the cartoon “The Motel” and I can say that I worked a lot on this film. I had no idea that it’s so hard to make an animation film; it took our team of 5 people 5 months to make it. From the idea itself to the final result there is a quite long and difficult way, but still very interesting. We were the play-writers, directors, drawers, animators, editors. We drew the background and the heroes... One would ask how cartoons are made. In only one second there are 25 scenes running on the screen, each scene is drawn for 4 or 5 times, and scanned for 5 or 6 times...”
“ I’ve became more attentive, since I came to the Centre. I started noticing people on the streets”, Ion says. “Some people smoke, others take drugs or alcohol. I started asking questions and discussing them with my schoolmates. Two of my classmates are about to quit smoking. I would be proud to know that there is some of my contribution to this decision”.

UNICEF: Arab Media Should Help Knock AIDS Taboos
DUBAI (Reuters) - Media in the Middle East and North Africa, with one of the fastest AIDS (news - web sites) growth rates, needs to help combat the epidemic by fighting cultural taboos, a U.N. Children's Fund (UNICEF (news - web sites)) official said on Tuesday (Dec 7, 2004).
Currently 540,000 people in the region live with the HIV virus (news - web sites), up from 430,000 in 2002. The disease has killed 28,000 people and infected 92,000 in 2004, according to U.N. estimates. HIV/AIDS, affecting an estimated 39.4 million people worldwide, is most prevalent in sub-Saharan Africa with 25.4 million cases and least found in Oceania at 35,000 cases.
Mohammed Imad al-Daker, consultant on HIV/AIDS at UNICEF, said while AIDS cases are lower in this region than other areas, the rapid increase was alarming. Local media should help correct falsehoods held by the societies often reluctant to discuss the disease. "In the Arab world, there are very few national media strategies on AIDS. We need a responsible media to disseminate correct information," Daker told Reuters in an interview.
"High unemployment rates, low acceptance of condom usage, reluctance by the family to discuss AIDS, and lack of adequate counseling are some of the environmental and lifestyle factors that boost the chances of acquiring AIDS," he said.
"Here, societies view condoms as an illicit promotion of extra-marital relations, forbidden in religion. Such sexual relations have existed for a long time, before condoms, and Islam also teaches us that a person is obliged to protect himself and others. This is what a condom does," Daker said. He added that the region's conservative culture, which frowns on extra-marital sex, can help curb the spread of the disease.

"Rights and Duties of the Child" - London, UK
The African Child Association is pleased to invite schools and colleges to participate in this year's Children's Rights Exhibition of Arts, Paintings and Photographs, Letters, Poetry and Essay Writing, a celebration of the 15th Anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and the 12th Anniversary of the International Children's Day of Broadcasting at the Langham Hotel London in Regent Street, West End on the 19th of December 2004 between 4pm - 7.30pm.
Promoting the works of 5-19 year-old children and young people, schools are welcomed to send their pupils paintings, carvings, graphics, recorded images and photographs illustrating the "Rights and Duties of the Child". Children are also invited to write in Letters and Poetry addressed to the Prime Minister Mr. Tony Blair c/o ACA, explaining what they would like the Blair "Commission for Africa" to do or accomplish for African Children in the UK and most essentially those living in Africa.

Young broadcasters take to the airwaves in Mozambique
This show on Radio Mozambique is one of 23 child-to-child programmes across the country
MAPUTO, Mozambique, 2 December 2004 - Dulce Massunda, aged 18, Ruben Vicente and Faidate Abdula, both aged 17, are three young broadcasters who present their own programme on Radio Mozambique.
Child-to-child programmes like theirs began as a one-time broadcast to mark the International Children's Day of Broadcasting started by UNICEF a decade ago and have developed into long-running shows.

World AIDS Day 2004

World AIDS Day 2004 website

UNICEF Holds Landmark Media Training for Myanmar Journalists - Participants Draft Code of Ethics, Receive Instruction on Children's Rights
Media training for journalists in Myanmar - UNICEF Myanmar/Jason Rush/2004
YANGON, 26-11-2004 (UNICEF) UNICEF has just concluded a two-week training course for 22 Myanmar journalists that focused on international-standard reporting skills, child-focused reporting and ethics for journalists.
It was the first time that most of the participating reporters had ever received formal media training. "This is a historic moment for journalists in Myanmar," said UNICEF Representative in Myanmar Carroll Long. "It's the first time that Myanmar's young journalists have received training in child-focused reporting in accordance with the Convention on the Rights of the Child."
The training, led by Australian journalist Virginia Moncrieff, was provided to reporters from ten local news journals, as well as a television correspondent and health workers involved with mass media activities. On Wednesday, the group drafted a 13-point Code of Ethics following a lively discussion and debate.
" Being a journalist is being an important part of a global association," said international media trainer Virginia Moncrieff. "To know we all essentially share the same values is what empowers us all." Following the positive response from local journalists, UNICEF plans to offer a series of three additional media trainings in 2005.
"UNICEF is committed to helping Myanmar's journalists bring children's issues to light," said UNICEF Representative Carroll Long. "By helping Myanmar's journalists develop child-friendly reporting skills, we're taking an important step in this direction."

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".

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.

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".

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

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?

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.

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.

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.

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