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October 2005

UNICEF “Young Journalists” Hit the Streets of Myanmar Media By Children For Children

UNICEF’s Young Journalists in Yangon, Myanmar - © Myo Thame / 2005

Yangon, 27 October 2005 – UNICEF Myanmar has trained a dozen “young journalists” between 12 and 17 years of age who will be placed with eight of the leading private print publications in Yangon.
The young journalists were trained in basic reporting concepts, interviewing techniques, photography, story writing and media ethics. They were then teamed with seasoned reporters, also trained by UNICEF, who will provide the young people with guidance, and help foster their development as journalists.
Throughout many parts of the world, children and children’s issues only comprise a very small proportion of overall media coverage, and quotes from children rarely make it into print.
“This is one way we hope to give young people in Myanmar an opportunity to share their ideas with wider audiences,” said UNICEF Representative Carroll Long, “and it’s a wonderful opportunity for young people to demonstrate just how much they are capable of.”
For its first group of young journalists, UNICEF selected young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, who have a unique insight into the challenges children in Myanmar face. Many said they found inspiration in this experience.

Young journalist Pan Ei Zar from Mynamar interviewing a student at the School of the Blind for her first story - © Myo Thame / 2005
“Before the training, I didn’t even know what being a journalist was about,” said one 14-year-old participant. “Now I have learned lots of valuable things, especially media ethics, which is my favorite lesson of the training. I’ll never forget to seek the truth as a reporter.”
UNICEF’s young journalists will write articles for private publications in Myanmar, focusing on newsworthy issues that are relevant to them and other children.
“Young people’s ideas are valuable, worthy of respect, and should be heard,” said Carroll Long. “While adults have an important role to play in educating children, we should never forget that children can teach us much about life as well.”

Minors from Lipcani penitentiary in Moldova publish their own newspaper

Chisinau (MD), October 25. The first issue of the newspaper AerZona of minor detainees from the penitentiary based in the city of Lipcani, was published last weekend. This is the first newspaper published by a detention institution in Moldova.
Contacted by BASA, Valeriu Carlasciuc, chief of the Lipcani prison, said that the publication has an educational and information purpose. "The first issue of the newspaper has eight pages in format A4, it contains interviews, works and pictures of detainees, entertainment materials and articles about activity of institution, which objectively covers the life and events happening there. The editorial team comprises ten minor detainees who appointed a chief-editor, a photographer and a model maker, while representatives of penitentiary assist them in the process of editing of newspaper," Carlasciuc noted.
He announced that a radio studio will start working in this penitentiary by late 2005. Detainees and representatives of penitentiary administration will work out the materials for radio and newspaper within a series of seminars held by professional journalists from Moldova.
AerZona and the future radio station are part of a project financed by UNICEF and implemented by the Youth Media Centre and Institute for Penal Reforms.
The only detention institution for minors in Moldova, the Lipcani-based penitentiary holds about 100 minors under 18.



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OneMinutesJr Awards 2005 nominees announced

The final selection has been made by jury member Akram Zaatari. This is what he says regarding the OneMinutesJr videos: "I was impressed with the large number of good entries, and had difficulty to select only seven from each of the two programs. It was fascinating to hear the voices, the questions and worries of another generation, throughout different cities. Some of the problems are shared, because we are all human beings, but surely others are not because we belong to a world that is divided with physical, economic, and psychological borders. I was both interested in the universality of some videos and the specificity of others, and tried to reflect this in the selection I have made. I also tried to make my choices represent different currents in media arts today. Many of the entries were greatly influenced by television, advertising, music videos, graphic work, or films. Many of them shared the love of popular and/or electronic music, others showed great concern with social realities in the contexts around them. Sometimes the personal was pushed to the foreground therefore producing a film in the first person; other times the personal was restricted to the choices of subject matter, actors, and other. In all these cases, a good film is one that communicates best their makers' ideas, realities, and personalities."

Category "Inside-Out" nominees
Love Constantin, Constantin Cheptea (Moldova)
360º solitude, Ionela Costachi (Moldova)
My Little Sister, Nastasja Fillipova (Russia)
The Life of an ordinary person, Wille Lindelön (Sweden)
Projectnamn: Flislmen, Daniel Beckman (Sweden)
Imagine, Radak (Belgrade)
Untouchable Fields, Folly Teko (Togo)

Category "Best of the World Junior" nominees:
Picture Perfect, Olga Chimirciuc (Moldova)
Beat Box, Abdullah (NL/Morocco)
Cowboys, Yasin Gul (Turkey)
One Minute, Andreas Ohman (Sweden)
Spanning, Ilona Aronsson (Sweden)
Is This It?, Axel Johansson (Sweden)
Hyperventilator, Sammie Hemelsoen (Belgium)

CAMRA Act to Investigate Effects of Media on Children (USA)
As the debate rages on over whether or not violent video games negatively affect today's children, lawmakers have introduced a new act into the House of Representatives (left) that would unify research to study the impact of all kinds of electronic media on American youth. Little is still known about the real effects of various media on children's behavior and development.

OneWorldTV HIV/AIDS PSA competition
Just a quick reminder that you still have until the 30th November to submit a 30-60 second Public Service Announcement video on the theme of women, girls and HIV/Aids for the OneWorld & MTV's Staying Alive PSA Competition.
The competition is open to young filmmakers, aged between 15 and 25 years of age, interested in promoting awareness of HIV/Aids to a global audience.
The winning PSA will be showcased on the Staying Alive website and the OneWorldTV open documentary platform, plus if it is a really outstanding PSA it will be broadcast on one or more of MTV's television channels.
For more information about the competition and to download an entry form please visit the OneWorldTV competition pages.

Youth radio Workshop in Africa
At the beginning of September 2005 Youth presenters and producers from 12 sub-Saharan African countries, working with Search for Common Ground's Radio for Peacebuilding, Africa project, explored the skills necessary to make youth programmes which engage the audience and have a positive rather than negative impact, helping resolve rather than inflame conflict. The below principles include new ways of seeing their roles, new perspectives on conflict, and new objectives and techniques for presenting their programmes. The Radio for Peacebuilding, Africa project will publish a complete Guidebook for African Youth Radio for Peacebuilding in early 2006.
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Internet giant AOL taking children's TV by storm
Internet giant AOL's children's TV channels are proving smash hits with youngsters, demonstrating that television is moving away from the box in the family room.

Videotivoli - Deadline for submission: 30 October 2005
Pirkanmaa Film Centre and Tampere Film Festival in Finland arrange the second video event for kids and youth during Tampere Short Film Festival. Last year, Videotivoli received more than 400 films made by children from all over the world. The purpose of Videotivoli is to give children and youth a chance to show their thoughts and work in public but without competition.
Participate now!

TV rapped over coverage in Thailand
Television media has been criticised for failing to protect the rights of victims and their families in child abuse cases. Social Development and Human Security Minister Watana Muangsook yesterday met news editors of television stations, cable TV channels, social workers and academics to discuss media coverage in child abuse cases.
Recent coverage of a 14-year-old rape victim was raised during the meeting. Some television stations failed to cover the victim's face.
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How Homer became Omar
They're a famously dysfunctional family from small-town America but suddenly they have all learned Arabic and started talking like Egyptians.
The Simpsons have changed their name to Shamsoon. Bart, the skateboarding, gum-chewing delinquent has become Badr. Homer, his slobbish dad, has become Omar and has given up Duff beer and pork sausages, at least for the duration of Ramadan.
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Los adolescentes hablan de sus derechos en 67 videos de un minuto

Buenos Aires, 5 de octubre - Niños y adolescentes de cinco provincias del país presentaron hoy, en el Complejo Tita Merello de la Capital Federal, 67 videos de un minuto producidos y protagonizados por más de 350 jóvenes de entre 14 y 21 años, en los que plantean situaciones que evidencian el incumplimiento de sus derechos.
La sala estaba llena y en completo silencio cuando comenzó la proyección del primero de los cortos del proyecto "Un minuto por mis derechos", una iniciativa de UNICEF que se está desarrollando en toda América Latina y que en Argentina se lleva a cabo desde abril junto a la Fundación Kine Cultural y Educativa. Su objetivo es que los jóvenes tomen la palabra en los medios de comunicación y hablen de sus derechos desde una perspectiva propia, atravesada por las particularidades que tiene cada región del país y desde la mirada de los mismos implicados.
Cámara en mano, más de 350 jóvenes de Jujuy, Chaco, Tucumán, Neuquén y Buenos Aires filmaron historias breves y contundentes que en 60 segundos, abordan temas difíciles como la discriminación, la falta de oportunidades, los prejuicios, la violencia familiar e incluso, el abuso sexual.
Los estudiantes participaron en talleres de cine en los que aprendieron las técnicas básicas para armar un guión, manejar una cámara, tomar el sonido, editar y en algunos casos, trabajar con animaciones.
El resultado de los talleres quedó plasmado en estos 67 videos de un minuto cada uno, que se presentaron hoy en el marco del II Festival Iberoamericano "Imágenes Jóvenes en la Diversidad Cultural". Los cortos recorrerán diversos espacios culturales, medios de comunicación y cines del país.
En diálogo con UNICEF, el representante del organismo en Argentina, Jorga Rivera Pizarro, afirmó que los videos "colocan, en el lenguaje de los adolescentes y expresado por ellos mismos, los temas centrales que hacen a sus derechos".
"El proyecto lleva a la práctica uno de los derechos fundamentales de los chicos que es el derecho a participar, a expresar libremente sus opiniones y a tomar parte de las decisiones que los afectan", dijo. Agregó que la iniciativa, "promueve el acceso de los niños a los medios de comunicación para expresar sus pensamientos y puntos de vista".
"El proyecto busca la apertura de canales en los medios masivos para que se vea que los chicos son capaces de producir con la calidad esperable a su alcance y con la profundidad adecuada a temas tan serios como sus derechos", destacó Rivera Pizarro.
Divididos por temáticas, los espectadores aplaudieron cada uno de los cortos que se proyectaron y cuyas perspectivas, fueron tan diversas como la realidad que viven a diario sus productores.
"Nosotros trabajamos sobre la libertad que a veces no tenemos para elegir a nuestros amigos", contó Verónica, una estudiante de la localidad tucumana de Echeverría y dijo que la discriminación, sobre todo por el aspecto físico, es una de las cuestiones que más les preocupa a los jóvenes de su provincia.
Carolina también es tucumana, pero vive en la zona de 11 de Marzo y decidió abordar el derecho a la educación, una posibilidad que no todos los niños de su barrio tienen.
"Hay muchos chicos que en vez de estudiar, tienen que trabajar para llevar plata a su casa", dijo Carolina a UNICEF.
Uno de sus compañeros agregó que "hay chicos que viven muy lejos de la escuela y no pueden ir o como tienen las zapatillas rotas, les da vergüenza". Para Maximiliano y Fernando la educación también es un derecho vulnerado y comparten la misma preocupación que sus pares tucumanos, a pesar de que viven a miles de kilómetros, en el conurbano bonaerense.
"Para armar el guión nos basamos en la realidad que están viviendo muchos chicos que dejan el colegio y salen a cartonear -explicó Maximiliano-. Son chicos que están en lugares en los que no tienen que estar y en horarios en los que tendrían que estar durmiendo". "Nosotros no inventamos nada -completó Fernando-. En realidad, reflejamos lo que se ve todos los días en la calle porque no queremos que nadie esquive el tema".
En tanto, los micros de Chaco y Jujuy resaltaron las dificultades que atraviesan los niños de las comunidades indígenas y destacaron el abandono que sufren los adolescentes a medida que crecen "y dejan de ser niños".
"Tiramos ideas para cada corto y de ahí salieron muchas historias íntimas de cada uno, algunas bastante pesadas y otras bastante buenas", contó Rita, una estudiante de 19 años que vive en Resistencia, Chaco. Dijo que de todas, "se sacó algo para preparar los distintos cortos,".
Los organizadores del proyecto están convencidos de que exhibir las obras de los jóvenes y darles difusión masiva "es una gran oportunidad para movilizar a la sociedad argentina para la promoción y protección de todos los derechos para todos los chicos". Así lo afirmó la Oficial de Comunicación de UNICEF, Daniela Bruno, quien agregó que, además de favorecer la expresión de los adolescentes, "el proyecto apunta a la promoción de una cultura respetuosa de sus derechos entre amigos, familiares, educadores, autoridades y comunidad en general".
"Tiene una perspectiva transformadora de mayor alcance que apunta a colectivizar la idea de que los derechos de los niños, niñas y adolescentes deben ser una realidad concreta y cotidiana para todos como camino hacia el fortalecimiento de la cultura democrática en la sociedad", concluyó.

UNICEF Belgium produces campaign video with the smurfs

UNICEF in Belgium has created a unique and attention-getting video message about the impact of war on children. The 30 second TV ad - to be run free by Belgian broadcasters in the late evening hours - is part of a campaign by UNICEF in Belgium to raise awareness about the many ways conflict destroys children's lives. The ad features the Smurf cartoon characters in a war setting. Belgian press coverage of the campaign was picked up in the UK, and then around the world.
The advertisement is part of UNICEF Belgium's campaign to raise about $150,000 for the rehabilitation of former child soldiers in Burundi. Today, 300,000 children are being used as child soldiers in more than 30 conflicts around the world. The ad is meant to draw greater attention to the issues affecting real children.
It focuses on the devastating effects war has on children. Nearly half of the 3.6 million people killed in conflicts since 1990 are children. The tag-line of the spot reads, "Don't let war affect the lives of children."

Liberian teenagers produce 90-second spot called "The Liberia We Want"
"The Liberia We Want" is an upbeat Voices of Youth message where scores of Liberian kids say what they want to be when they grow up, and what their dreams are for their country. The 90-second production captures the spirit of Liberia in 2005, which is a nation that is being revitalized. The video was filmed, edited, and produces in Monrovia and includes original Liberian music.
The video supports the current "Back to School 2005" campaign in Liberia. UNICEF is distributing supplies to nearly 2,000 public schools, benefiting more than 400,000 students and 12,000 teachers. To help announce the distribution of school supplies, and to celebrate the reopening of schools in this West African nation, UNICEF is distributing the 90-second video, “The Liberia We Want,” to television stations in the Liberian capital and video clubs across the country.

Beckham says "Let's play!" for ICDB

© UNICEF/2005/Dan Thomas
The 2005 ICDB public service announcement is 30 seconds of fast-paced, musically-driven images of David Beckham and children playing sports.
UNICEF and the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences are asking broadcasters around the world to highlight sport as they celebrate this year’s International Children's Day of Broadcasting (ICDB) on 11 December 2005.
The power of sport as a tool for development and peace is the theme of this year’s ICDB, the day when broadcasters throw open their studio doors and the airwaves to young producers and presenters.

Un minuto por mis derechos

La Fundación Kine, Cultural y Educativa ha sido convocada para la coordinación y administración del proyecto Un minuto por mis derechos del programa "Monitoreo y Movilización Social" del Fondo de las Naciones Unidas para la Infancia (Unicef). El objetivo es llevar a cabo un proyecto integral que convoque a adolescentes y jóvenes de entre 14 y 21 años a expresarse de forma creativa y amplia sobre sus Derechos, a través de una realización audiovisual.
Tal es así que más de 350 jóvenes de diferentes procedencias e intereses están teniendo en la actualidad la oportunidad de reunirse, conocerse, compartir y socializar sus ideas, vivencias, sueños y emociones junto a una experiencia enriquecedora y duradera. Cada taller cuenta con coordinadores y asistentes capacitados, además de las herramientas necesarias para que al cabo de cuatro meses hayan podido realizar VIDEOMINUTOS abordando desde una mirada amplia los Derechos del niño y del adolescente.

Young blog their way to a publishing revolution - Poll shows a third of 14- to 21-year-olds now have their own online content, fast-changing world of the internet poses challenge to old media

The extent of the personal publishing revolution has been revealed by a Guardian/ICM poll showing that a third of all young people online have launched their own blog or website.
Millions of young people who have grown up with the internet and mobile phones are no longer content with the one-way traffic of traditional media and are publishing and aggregating their own content, according to the exclusive survey of those aged between 14 and 21.

Special screening of 'Innocent Voices' - an award-winning film about a child caught up in war

UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman and lead actress Leonor Varela at the special gala screening of the film ‘Innocent Voices’ - © UNICEF/2005/ Toutounji
NEW YORK, 7 October 2005 - The award-winning film 'Innocent Voices', depicting the life of a boy in El Salvador during the civil war, was shown at a special gala screening held at United Nations headquarters, introduced by UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman.
The screening was sponsored by the United Nations Programme on Youth, UNICEF and Amnesty International USA, and was hosted by H.R.H. Prince Zeid Ra'ad Zeid Al-Hussein, Permanent Representative of Jordan to the UN, and by Jennifer Connelly, an Oscar winner and Amnesty International Human Rights Spokesperson. The film's director, Luis Mandoki, was at the event.
In her introductory remarks to the audience of diplomats, human rights workers, cast members and crew, Ms. Veneman said: "You are about to see a powerful film about a war as seen through the eyes of a child. Children in conflict situations, child soldiers and exploited children are robbed of their dignity and of their childhoods.

Vodafone is the first mobile communications provider to offer a child protection mechanism
Vodafone takes its responsibility for the protection of children and young people very seriously and is the first German mobile communications provider to offer additional protection mechanisms for mobile phones. In December, Vodafone will be introducing two innovative protective mechanisms - an access block to prevent children from accessing content that is rated as 16+, and an additional access control mechanism to prevent children from accessing 'adult content' on the Vodafone live!-portal.
Both protective mechanisms will enable parents to determine which content the mobile phone user should be able to access and which - e.g. erotic services - should be blocked. When the block is in place, content that is rated as 16+ is not displayed on the Vodafone live! portal. Vodafone customers can set up the access blocks free of charge on the Vodafone live! portal. The customer service team is also on hand to help both contract and pre-paid customers. The hotline number for contract customers I212, and pre-paid customers call 22911.

The Children, Youth & Media Conference: A First in Toronto!

On November 10, Toronto will host the first-ever Children, Youth & Media Conference. Organized by the Alliance for Children and Television (ACT), the Conference is the only one of its kind to bring together Canada's creators, producers and broadcasters of youth programming. Modelled after Média-Jeunes, a highly coveted gathering the ACT has held in Montreal on four occasions, this new event is devoted to exchange, training and professional development. Over 200 attendees, including a number of well-known specialists, will explore programming trends and share their views on the needs and interests of young people through workshops, discussions and speedpitching sessions. They will also have the chance to meet prestigious guests from Canada and abroad.

Can Teens Save the Newspaper Business? - By Kendra Hurley, Youth Media Reporter
Early last year I attended a conference, hosted by the Time Warner Foundation, for adults who help teens produce their own media. One of the writers I'd worked with, 20-year-old Miguel, came with me. He listened intently when a panel of editors and producers from mainstream media outlets mentioned their desire to appeal to a younger audience. It's a hot topic, as newspapers and television news have steadily lost young readers and viewers for the last two decades.
Miguel sensed that he might be part of the solution. His articles for Represent, the magazine by teens in foster care, which I edited, were among the most popular with its young readership. Miguel asked how he might get one of his stories reprinted in a glossy publication. One editor politely explained that magazines like hers do not reprint stories--they want original material--but Miguel was welcome to pitch a story to the magazine directly. If they liked his pitch, Miguel could write it on assignment.

Asian Film Academy Kicks Off - Film Students From Various Asian Countries Gather for Inaugural Class
At a film studio in Kyonggi Province in South Korea, an indoor set shows an ordinary living room surrounded by a couple of cameras. However, there are no actors or film crew around. Instead, all you can see are the inquisitive eyes of students of various nationalities, eager to learn about the craft of filmmaking and the use of new technology.
The students are participants of the Asian Film Academy (AFA), a new program co-organized by the Pusan International Film Festival, Korean Film Council and Dongseo University to help promising young Asian filmmakers.
"I find this program a really good opportunity to learn how to use the latest technology for filming,'' Edwin from Indonesia said while attending a lecture on the use of high-definition (HD) digital cameras on Monday. "For example, HD technology is not affordable for us now, but we know that in the future, this kind of technology will be (an important part of filmmaking).''

Empowering Latinas through media
About three years ago, a group called Latinitas formed with a mission to empower Latina youth through media and technology. You'll find them on the Internet and it the community.

The Children, Youth & Media Conference: A First in Toronto!
Montreal, October 6, 2005-On November 10, Toronto will host the first-ever Children, Youth & Media Conference. Organized by the Alliance for Children and Television (ACT), the Conference is the only one of its kind to bring together Canada's creators, producers and broadcasters of youth programming. Modelled after Média-Jeunes, a highly coveted gathering the ACT has held in Montreal on four occasions, this new event is devoted to exchange, training and professional development. Over 200 attendees, including a number of well-known specialists, will explore programming trends and share their views on the needs and interests of young people through workshops, discussions and speedpitching sessions. They will also have the chance to meet prestigious guests from Canada and abroad.

ITV confirms February launch date for children's channel
LONDON - ITV is to launch its digital, free-to-air, commercial children's channel on February 11 next year. The as-yet-unnamed channel will include ITV's existing slate of kids' programmes, such as popular animation shows 'Angela Ballerina' and 'Engie Benjy', entertainment shows like 'Art Attack', as well as factual and pre-school programmes.
ITV will also expand its presence in the children's market through a raft of new programme acquisitions and commissions. The channel will occupy the 6am to 6pm slot on the new ITV male-skewed channel ITV4, which is launching on November 1.

CBBC tackles 7/7 terrorism
UK kids channel CBBC has made its first foray into docudrama with a commission that will tell the story of London's 7/7 terror bombings - in which 52 people died - through the eyes of children.
CBBC has enlisted Mark Redhead, the acclaimed producer behind drama docs Bloody Sunday, about the killing of Northern Irish demonstrators by British troops, and The Murder of Stephen Lawrence, to oversee the new project.
The Hat Trick show was commissioned by CBBC controller Alison Sharman and newly-installed head of drama Jon East, who will exec produce the 7/7 show with Redhead, Hat Trick's head of drama.

Children's magazine market set to explode
THE teenage and children's magazines market is set for a shake-up with three new titles hitting the newsstands during the next six weeks.
Pacific Magazines launches its edgy, high-energy teen boys' magazine Explode on Wednesday and rival publisher Australian Consolidated Press Magazines is determined to carve out a slice of the action with two new bimonthlies for younger children.

Barbadian children learn how to produce One minute for my Rights videos

Trainer Nicholas King demonstrating to students the use of the camera © UNICEF Office For Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean/2005/McClean-Trotman
Over the last two weeks twenty Barbadian children ages 8 through 15 years joined a growing number of children throughout the world who are producing one minute for my rights videos. Under the guidance of Nicolas King - who was trained in the UNICEF-supported One minute for My Rights Training of Trainers workshop in Suriname in May- these children have decided to focus on HIV/AIDS and drugs as the themes for their videos which are expected to be completed early in the month of October.
In addition to learning the technical skills of video production, the children, who are mainly from Nelson Street and Poinside in the city of Bridgetown, have been learning various life skills which will enable them to deal with social issues such as how to protect themselves from contracting HIV/AIDS. They are also being taught drama by Aaron Blackman one of the resource persons for the Youth Development Programme.

Children exhibition, carnival to be held in Sri Lanka
An educational exhibition and children's carnival to mark the international children's day will be held in Colombo from Sept. 30 to Oct. 3, Daily News reported Tuesday.
The event which will be held under the theme "We are the Future "is aimed at providing education and entertainment to the younger generation and creating awareness about children's rights, Sri Lankan Information and Media Minister Dilan Perera was quoted as saying.
"The Media Ministry is organizing this event for the second time.Last year it proved to be a resounding success. We expect to give our children an even better experience through this year's carnival and exhibition," he said.
According to the report, Children's parks, children's films, book exhibitions, mobile computer labs and over 200 exhibition stalls of government and private institutions will add color to the event. Speech, drama, arts, singing and gymnastic competitions will also be held for school children during the carnival, Perera added.

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