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Media advisory: Youth Radio Awards, growing children’s broadcasting on Youth Day

What: Youth Radio Awards 5:00pm. Preceded by pop-up radio station broadcast from 10:00am at venue

When: Sunday, 16 June 2013 (Youth Day)

Where: 6 Spin Street, Cape Town

On 16 June, 2013 the Children’s Radio Foundation (CRF) and The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) will host South Africa’s first ever Youth Radio Awards. The event coincides with Youth Day, and will highlight children’s right to be heard in South Africa.

The Youth Radio Awards will recognise the effort, passion and determination of the Young Reporters Network (YRN). This children-focused broadcasting network was established by CRF and UNICEF two years ago. It is a nationwide initiative that equips community radio stations to mentor children and young people to produce content for youth-led and -produced radio shows. Every week, a total of 180 young reporters engage with their communities, collecting stories about issues affecting their lives.

Awards will be presented to the winners of the following categories: Best Show, Best Presenter, Best Jingle, Best Feature, and Top Performing Project Site. The panel of high-profile judges from the media industry includes: Shado Twala, Abey Mokgwatsane, Sakhile Moleshe, Janine Jellars, Kholofelo Molewa, Kgomotso Matsunyane, Ayanda Tini, Lester Kiewit, Faniswa Yisa and Catherine Grenfell.

"The Young Reporters Network initiative gives me the opportunity to encourage children and young people,” says Best Presenter Nominee, Shaun Haraba (17) from Emalahleni FM. “As a reporter, I also benefit from every show we produce, as the topics we talk about are relevant to our lives and impact our community. Thanks to the YRN, I become the voice of my community’s children and young people every time the show airs.”

To highlight the importance of child participation on Youth Day, CRF will host a “pop-up radio broadcast” at the venue from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. The broadcast will feature live interviews with YRN members and segments from YRN-produced shows. Members of the public are invited to view and participate in the broadcast as it happens.

“The network accomplishes much more than building technical skills,” says Thierry Delvigne-Jean, Chief of Communication and Partnerships at UNICEF South Africa. “The young reporters are taught life skills, they grow in confidence and become positive role models in their communities.”

About The Young Reporters Network
Partnering with UNICEF and the South African Department of Basic Education, the Children’s Radio Foundation established the Young Reporters Network in 2012. Involving 180 youth between 10-18 years of age at 12 community radio stations across the country, the reporters take on issues like health, HIV/AIDS, the environment, and education. They interview their peers and community members, host debates, and broadcast weekly live shows on radio in their local languages. The initiative offers a unique opportunity for South African youth to foster a nuanced dialogue about community-specific issues, to tackle them in a youth-friendly manner, and to encourage positive behaviour.

About the Children’s Radio Foundation (CRF)
The Children's Radio Foundation uses the medium of radio to create opportunities for youth participation, leadership, and active citizenship. With over 50 projects across five African countries, CRF partners with radio stations, schools, and community-based organisations to train youth to use radio as a tool for dialogue, reflection and learning.

- CRF and UNICEF representatives, Young Reporters Network members and some of the judges will be available on the day of the event for one-on-one interviews.
- Media visits to radio sites can be arranged before or after the Youth Radio Awards.
- Media material is available at

For more information, please contact:

Children’s Radio Foundation
Joan Legalamitlwa
Tel: +27 21 465 69 65/ +27 725 070 180

Emma de Villiers
Tel: +27 12 354 8252

Twitter: @CRFprojects @UNICEF_SA #YouthRadioAwards



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