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NEWS / TRAINING: Youth undergo climate change training

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

UNICEF Zambia has partnered with the Children Radio Foundation (CRF) of South Africa to train its youthful staff to be climate change ambassadors.
According to the terms of reference, the partnership and ambitious training of young climate ambassadors would enable them to not only learn critical thinking, communication and confidence, but would empower them with new skills to be able to share information and spread awareness through the media.
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CALL FOR ENTRIES: Prix Jeunesse 2012 - Festival Theme: Watch, learn and grow with children's TV

Enter Your Best Children’s and Youth TV Programmes!
Deadline coming up soon: 12 December 2011
The world’s leading festival for children’s and youth television invites you to enter your best productions! Broadcasters as well as production companies are eligible to enter programmes into the competition.
2012 Festival Theme: Watch, learn and grow with children's TV
Children are learning all the time – and constantly when watching TV! What does that mean for quality in children’s TV, and how can we support children in their curiousity on life? Learn more on this topic at the upcoming PRIX JEUNESSE INTERNATIONAL, via info sessions and guessing games. 
Entries do not have to be connected to the festival theme!
Please check our website for contest rules and registration forms:

ARTICLES: How advertising influences your children

Sunday, 27 November 2011

The new £6m John Lewis Christmas advert is carefully calculated to tug on every adult’s heartstrings and get them spending. With research suggesting parents will fork out 64% more on their children this December 25 than in 1995, Dr John Jewell investigates the role that advertising plays in the life of our little ones
It should be of no surprise to any of us that advertising is an integral part of our culture and arguably the most important media of the advanced world.
Capitalism itself survives because of advertising, as we are encouraged to spend and replace rather than to repair and reuse.
The effects of this consumer culture and our love of ‘stuff’ has had a profound effect on family life.
Britain is now, according to a recent report by UNICEF, the worst country in the industrialised world to be a child, where parents feel under intense pressure to buy goods for their children. In homes across the nation, children’s bedrooms are now less a place to sleep and more a ‘media bedsit’ with a PC, an Xbox and a digital TV.
Read More http://www.walesonline.co.uk/showbiz-and-lifestyle/showbiz/2011/11/26/how-advertising-influences-your-children-91466-29835531/#ixzz1eu6eeq6o

NEWS / ONLINE SAFETY: Protecting Children Online

Friday, 25 November 2011

Whether it is identity theft, online tracking, or profiling, the Internet can be an open door to a child's personal information. A Wall Street Journal investigation into online privacy last year found that popular children's websites install more tracking technologies on personal computers than do the top websites aimed at adults. 

According to recent research by Consumer Reports, one million children were harassed, threatened, or subjected to other forms of cyberbullying on Facebook in the past year -- and that's just one social media site. Furthermore, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) says 8 percent of the ID theft complaints in 2010 involved children.

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NEWS / PROJECTS / RADIO: UNICEF-supported radio training encourages Haiti’s youth to tell their own story

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

By Stephanie Power
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 18 November 2011—Young people in Haiti are speaking up about issues that are important in their lives and their stories are being broadcast on Haitian radio, with the help of training and support from UNICEF and its Haitian partner Panos Caribbean.
"Children should have the right to speak in public," said Jean-Pierre Layben, 14, a radio trainee from Port-au-Prince whose story focuses on life-saving health care. "Sometimes children have something important to say, and adults don't let them. I don't think that's right - children have the right to speak."

FESTIVALS / CALL FOR ENTRIES / OPPORTUNITIES: Call for Entries: Sarajevo City of Film Project 2012

Friday, 11 November 2011

The call for entries to participate in the Sarajevo City of Film 2012 project will be open from 3rd November to 9th December 2011.

The goal of the project is to support and instigate cooperation between young filmmakers in Southeast Europe, and the call for entries will be open, as in previous years, only for the participants of one of the two previous editions of the Sarajevo Talent Campus.

In this way, the Sarajevo Film Festival wishes to give the chance to directors, screenwriters, actors and producers, who attended the Sarajevo Talent Campus during the 16th and 17th editions of the Sarajevo Film Festival, to present their talent and gain additional experience by making short films.

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TRAINING: UNICEF to Train Journalists On Child Reporting n South Sudan (AFRICA)

Thursday, 10 November 2011

Juba — The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) will be training journalists on ethical reporting of children this later this month, the organization's Chief Executive Sid Shresha has announced.

Mr Shresha made this announcement today during a meeting with the deputy minister for Information and Broadcasting Hon Atem Yaak Atem. He explained that the training will target journalists from all the states, especially those in the grassroots.

He also pointed out that the training will be on print and radio and will entail writing good stories and producing good programs about children.

"Children are the future of the country and when photographing them they need not to be shown in a difficult situation", he said.

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OPPORTUNITIES: 2011 UNEP Young Environmental Journalist Award

The award seeks to recognise the very best in original, accurate and inspiring reporting on the environment by young journalists in Africa. The UNEP Young Environmental Journalist Award is open to print, broadcast and online journalists who have reported on environmental issues in 2011. Reports should demonstrate relevance to local and / or regional communities in Africa.

The winner will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to the United States and travel across the country, visiting environmental projects and interacting with leading environmental journalists, scientists and public figures. The deadline to apply is December 16, 2011.

For more information and to apply, visit http://www.unep.org/yeja/nomination/

NEWS / AWARDS: Japanese documentary wins 2011 Child Rights Award

Monday, 7 November 2011

Thursday 03 Nov 2011- A documentary about the lives of two disabled children in Japan has won the 2011 Asia-Pacific Child Rights Award for broadcasting.

Iori and Ibuki - Why We Were Born by Shizuoka Telecasting of Japan was named the winner of the award on 2 November in Hong Kong during the CASBAA Convention.

The Asia-Pacific Child Rights Award, created by CASBAA, ABU and UNICEF in 2001, is given annually to the best television programme produced in the Asia-Pacific region with a focus on children's rights.

Mariko Hashimoto, the producer of Iori and Ibuki - Why We Were Born, spent 11 years of filming and interviewing Iori and her family. Iori and her younger brother were each born with disabilities. Their story is a compelling tale of resilience and optimism.

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EVENTS / NEWS: Maori Television Hosts Children and Media Symposium (NEW ZEALAND)

7 November 2011 - Maori Television Hosts Children and Media Symposium

Maori Television will host an international children’s media expert this Wednesday, 9 November, for a day focused on tamariki (children) and rangatahi (young people) and the media.

David Kleeman is President of the American Center for Children and Media, and is on the Advisory Board Chair to the international children's TV festival, Prix Jeunesse.

Kleeman has advised producers, broadcasters, government organisations and NGOs, undertaken research on children and public service media in the digital age, and is a renowned author on the subject of children and the media.

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