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OPPORTUNITIES / CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: The Monteverde new media expedition

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

A new media expedition?

  • expand your media skills
  • support restoration of habitats
  • support conservation of endangered species
  • support the livelihoods of local people
  • help extend the Bellbird Biological Corridor into schools and homes worldwide
Costa Rica’s Monteverde cloud forest is one of the most biologically diverse places on our planet. But like wild places around the world, its fragile ecosystems are under enormous stress.
Come join our new media expedition in Costa Rica this July 8th-21st to expand your new media production skills, while helping to create a sustainable environment for animals, plants, and people.
During a one or two-week program, you’ll work with journalists, educators, artists and travelers who’ll create a multimedia project for local conservation and community groups working on the “Bellbird Biological Corridor”– a project to reforest & re-connect a patchwork of forests, farms and communities from the Monteverde cloud forest down to the Pacific Ocean.
The goal of the expedition is to digitally illustrate the ecosystems and communities in the corridor — through short documentary filmmaking, digital animation & mapping, photos, audio and educational resources –  and make these tools accessible locally and to homes and classrooms worldwide.  By creating networks of learning and support, we will join forces with local communities to protect ecosystems and endangered species, and ultimately, the health of our planet.

OPPORTUNITIES: Want to report for 3 News in NZ?

Think you've got what it takes to be a reporter for 3 News?
If you're aged between 16 and 18 and have a passion for writing, this could be your chance.
UNICEF NZ and 3 News are searching for five budding young reporters to write for 3Youth – a section of the 3 News website dedicated to news written by young people.

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NEWS / PROJECTS: Namibia: Youth Trained in Social Networking

Monday, 21 May 2012

The Namibia Business Innovation Centre, with the assistance of the RLabs Academy, has trained a number of young people to use various social networking tools such as Facebook, Twitter and blogging to plan and implement online marketing strategies.
In the past, the RLabs Academy has successfully trained hundreds of participants in South Africa. In Namibia, the RLabs programme, first introduced four months ago, has successfully trained fifteen young participants in the fields of internet and social networking.

OPINIONS / ARTICLES: Does Blue Peter's CBBC move mean kids' television is being ghettoised?

Fear that move from BBC1 gives message that children are being marginalised by broadcasters

For some it was an act of savagery on a par with the vandalism of theBlue Peter garden. The 54-year-old teatime favourite, along with the rest of the BBC's children's programming, will disappear from BBC1 andBBC2, tumbling down the EPG to be confined to its digital channels CBBC and CBeebies.
The switch prompted the biggest outbreak of TV nostalgia since the BBC axed Top of the Pops. Susan Stranks, former presenter of the rival ITV show Magpie and a long-time campaigner for children's broadcasting, said the corporation's output for younger viewers was being "ghettoised". "Children are part of the mainstream of society and it's important that they are reflected in the mainstream as well as the children's channels. It seems grossly unfair."
The BBC had no shortage of statistics with which to justify the switch – here's some they made earlier – with 89% of all viewing of CBBC programmes now through the CBBC channel, compared with only 5% via BBC1 and 6% via BBC2.
It said viewing of children's programmes on BBC1 was in long-term decline, with reach down more than 50% over the last five years. But a portion of that decline was self-inflicted after The Weakest Link transferred from BBC2 to BBC1 in 2008 to fill the gap left by Neighbours which had been bought by Channel 5. Children's shows including Blue Peter were shifted earlier in the schedule and audiences fell.

NEWS / AWARDS: A Greek youth media project wins the 2012 Charlemagne Youth Prize

Sunday, 20 May 2012

The 2012 Charlemagne Youth Prize was awarded to the "Europe on the Ground", a Greek youth media project. According to the European Parliament, it is an innovative youth media project that sends multicultural teams of over 50 young citizen journalists and amateur photographers to 10 European capitals each year.
The 2012 Charlemagne Youth Prize whose applications could be sent since November 2011, was awarded to Europe on the Ground, an innovative youth media project that sends multicultural teams of over 50 young citizen journalists and amateur photographers to 10 European capitals each year. Second prize went to Europe Meets School, an exchange programme for Erasmus students (Czech Republic) and third prize was to the Cycle Me Home project, a documentary road-movie (Hungary).

Crackdown on online junk food advertising aimed at children say MPs

Monday, 14 May 2012

Junk food advertising on social networking sites and the internet should be controlled to prevent manufacturers from targeting children, according to a new report by MPs.

The Environmental Audit Committee has called for a clampdown on advertising of foods high in fat, salt and sugar to children as part of a strategy to combat soaring levels of obesity across Britain and encourage healthier eating choices.
They warn that many junk food manufacturers have turned to the internet and social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter to directly target children.

ARTICLES: How Iraq is Using Reality TV and Facebook to Inspire a Generation of Peacemakers

Educational reality TV and social media are the drivers inspiring a group of Iraqi youth demanding a different future — one with peaceful resolutions and equality.
Nareen, an 18-year-old Iraqi whose last name has been withheld for safety reasons, starred in Iraq’s first youth reality TV show called Salam Shabab to compete for the title of becoming an “Ambassador of Peace” last year. Salam Shabab is a competitive TV show with the ultimate goal of uniting Iraq through peace building.
The first step to peace building is getting Iraqis from different races, religions and geographical backgrounds to respect and understand each other and work together. Iraqis have immense local pride, but do not have a strong sense of nationalism. This could be due to the fact Iraq’s regions are divided and traveling to different provinces is limited. Most youth have not interacted with people from different regions or left their hometowns.

NEWS / ARTCLES: Social media's impact on kids merits big debate (USA)

Jim Steyer, founder of Common Sense Media, a San Francisco think tank focusing on media and families, said the technology that  represents is having "an enormous impact" on youngsters, families and schools worldwide.
"We need to have a big national, if not global conversation about the pros and cons of that," Steyer, a father of four who is also a civil rights lawyer and Stanford University professor, told AFP in an interview.
While social media such as Facebook,  Plus and Twitter offer "extraordinary possibilities" in such areas as education, he said, "there are also real downsides in a social, emotional and cogitative development way."
"Hopefully, after the flurry of the IPO and after the valuation of Facebook is done, then we can have a very serious ongoing discussion of what this means," he said.

NEWS / CHILDREN'S TV: KBS Launches Children’s Channel

Friday, 11 May 2012

KBS N, a cable channel operated by KBS, launched a children's channel on the 5 of May, which is also known as children's day in Korea.

The aptly named KBS Kids is targeting a young audience aged from two to twelve, and is aiming to provide content that is educational as well as entertaining. The channel's line-up includes KBS produced programs such as 'Flying Tent', 'Playground ZZAM' and 'Hutos' in addition to internationally successful 'Large Family' from the BBC and 'Early Bloomers' from BabyFrist TV, a US Children's channel.

Another programming feature of the new channel is the kindergarten zone, a set of programs broadcast at regular intervals, in which parents and children share viewing experience for educational purposes.
KBS Kids said that it would be a channel that parents want to recommend for children to watch. KBS Kids will add more variety to KBS N, which already runs four sub channels - KBS Drama, KBS Sports, KBS Prime and KBS Joy. 


OPPORTUNITIES / NEWS: Unicef NZ searching for aspiring young reporters (NEW ZEALAND)

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

UNICEF NZ (UN Children's Fund) and 3News are searching for five budding young reporters to write for 3Youth - a space on the 3News website dedicated to news written by young people.

Passionate young writers, aged 16-18, have until June 1, 2012 to apply at www.unicef.org.nz/3Youth. Applicants are asked to submit a short video about themselves and to write a 500 word news story which will be judged by leading journalist, newsreader and UNICEF NZ ambassador Mike McRoberts.

The winning five will be asked to commit to 3Youth for 12 months with the project kicking off in late June with a workshop in Auckland at 3News headquarters. The training day will include sessions from both UNICEF NZ and 3News staff and includes a master-class on the art of journalism from Mike McRoberts.

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ARTICLES: Turkey Bets on Tech, Youth to Grow Economy

Monday, 7 May 2012

A Young, Internet-Savvy Population and Government Investment In Educational Technology Boost Economic Prospects


Two young Muslim women in Istanbul compute while having lunch. Photo courtesy of Chris Schuepp. (Flickr photo)

Turkey was Europe's fastest-growing economy last year,expanding by more than 8 percent for the second consecutive year. Although that brisk pace is projected to slow this year, by about 3 percent, the government has ambitions to become one of the world's top 10 economiesby 2023 when the Republic of Turkey will celebrate its centennial. To get there, the government is betting big on technology to educate the country's youth. Today, 65 percent of the population is younger than 24, and the nation's leaders see this as a competitive advantage that will drive Turkey's growth.

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STUDIES / RESEARCH: Teens and their use of online video media

Young people are more comfortable using services including social media networks, text messaging and email, but how often do they use video chats and media facilities?
The latest research report provided by the Pew research institute Internet & American Life Project suggests that video and media streaming use is on the rise. The survey comprised of 799 teenagers aged 12 - 17 who were asked about their online behaviours and video-orientated activities. It was fielded between April and July in 2011. The survey found:
  • 95 percent of respondents use the Internet in some fashion.
  • 37 percent of internet users aged 12 - 17 participate in video chat — using applications including Skype, Googletalk or iChat.
  • 27 percent of internet-using teens record and upload video content to the Internet.
  • 13 percent stream video live to the Internet for other people to watch.
Social media users  – who make up 80 percent of internet using teens – were found to be far more likely to engage in these video behaviours than non-users, and teenagers of all ages were equally likely to use video chat.
According to Pew, one major difference between now and 2006 is that girls are now just as likely to upload videos as boys — 12 and 13 percent retrospectively. 42 percent of girls who use the Internet video chat, whereas 33 percent of boys do.

ARTICLES / TV: What are your kids watching? (PAKISTAN)

The media and internet have exposed us to a host of different kinds of content. Content that ranges from news to entertainment, from documentaries to dramas. While of course what content should be made available or not is a debate that rests in more of the collective conscious of society and cultural norms. Yet, one thing that a general consensus can be reached upon is what content is suitable for our children or not.

Whether content that personifies drug use is wrong or not, or should be shown or not for an adult is open for debate. Some would argue that an adult is sensible to understand that the content is fiction or perhaps not real, and others would argue that it is still influencing. What however, we will find little argument on is the fact that a six year old should not be watching such content and being so desensitised to its subject matter, specially at such an impressionable age.

NEWS / IT / GAMES: PC game gives boost to campaign against prejudice: Adventure “Searching for the Treasure of Bosnia and Herzegovina"

Thursday, 3 May 2012

SARAJEVO, BiH, 30 April 2012 - The first Bosnian adventure PC game "Searching for the treasure of Bosnia and Herzegovina" promotes the cultural and historical heritage of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), but also helps young people to understand diversities and their peers with different ethnic and cultural background. The game is one of the products of the campaign led by UNICEF within the joint "MDGF Culture for Development" programme implemented in partnership with UNDP and UNESCO.

"Bosnia and Herzegovina is a country of diversities that have always intertwined here. It is the country of many cultures and vast historical heritage. On the other hand, in war and post-war periods diversities turned into divisions and historical heritage sometimes turned into burden. Putting our heritage to service of development and recognizing its importance for social and economic progress has been a great challenge. This game is one of our joint responses to this challenge," said Nineta Popović, Communication for Development Officer in UNICEF BiH.

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