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Tuesday, 31 July 2012

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has partnered with leading telecommunications provider Globe Telecom in delivering an integrated mobile and desktop social system that can be used to report real-time data on maternal and child health for improved public health care, particularly in far-flung areas.
Real-time Community Health Information Tracking System or rChits was developed and tested by the University of the Philippines – Manila for the National Telehealth Center (NTHC). It is a five-month project funded by UNICEF with Globe providing ICT support. The project falls under the iAccess pillar of Globe Bridging Communities, the CSR arm of Globe. It enables key agencies to gain state of the art ICT to increase effectiveness and efficiency of humanitarian and welfare services and gives opportunities for greater grassroots access to ICT solutions through research and development.

ARTICLES: Searching for media images that affirm black children

As a kid, I booked a date with NBC each Thursday night, like millions of other African Americans, to watch “The Cosby Show.”
In my house, watching the show with my mother and brother was a family event all its own. At about five minutes to 8 p.m., my mother would yell "Cosby Show!" and my brother and I would abandon our homework, Barbie dolls and GI Joes to catch the opening of the show and scat the jazz theme song. Our eyes would light up to see such beautiful, accomplished brown people dancing tastefully, giving loving glances at each other and smiling contentedly.

NEWS / PROJECTS: Egyptian Youth Use Multimedia to Engage Citizens

Yasmine Amin, a young journalist in Aswan, Egypt, established a public campaign using social media tools to address discrimination against women and tribal power in elections.

“The winds of the Tahrir Revolution have not been felt strongly in Aswan,” said Amin, whose campaign grew out of a workshop as part of Internews’ “Partners II: Media and Youth for Community Participation” project.

The project works inside Egyptian universities to build citizenship clubs and teach practical multimedia techniques to address community issues. The aim is increased awareness, participation, and understanding of citizenship among students attending six of the country’s universities.

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EVENTS / FESTIVALS: Youth media festival opens in Tacloban

Monday, 30 July 2012

TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte, July 25 (PIA) -- Sinebata youth media festival had its soft opening this morning in Tacloban City. 

The festival started at 10 a.m. with a photo exhibit at the Robinsons ground floor in Tacloban City, Plan Philippines Area Manager Rodel Bontuyan said during the “Suruswerte ha PIA” radio program on Tuesday. 

Bontuyan said the judging of entries followed at the Philippine Information Agency (PIA-8) office at 11 a.m. with representatives from different agencies who acted as jurors. 

At 3 p.m., there will be a public screening and interface with the young filmmakers at the Leyte Normal University Audio-Visual Studio, Bontuyan said.

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CALL FOR ENTRIES: UNICEF invites journalists to submit best coverage of children’s issues (MIDDLE EAST & NORTH AFRICA)

AMMAN, July 30 (Saba) - Journalists across the Middle East and North Africa are being encouraged to enter their best reportage about children's rights to UNICEF's regional media award. 

This year's theme is "Children in the Middle East and North Africa: Rights and Challenges." 

Time is running out, with less than two months for journalists to submit their best stories and other coverage of children for judging. Entries can be in English, Arabic or French. 

The annual competition encourages excellence in media reporting on the situation of children in the region and the issues facing them. It recognises the passion and commitment of those who have written objectively and factually about children's issues. Applicants' work must adhere to the highest standards of journalism and in strict observance of ethical guidelines in reporting on children's issues. 

The media award includes six categories: TV, radio, print, photography, online media and editorial cartooning. Materials need to have been published or broadcast between 20 July 2011 and 20 August 2012. Applications are submitted directly to journalists' local UNICEF country office, which does the first round of judging. Finalists are then judged by a jury at the regional level. 

The award recognises journalists for excellence in reporting on children's issues and does not involve a financial award. Full details about the award are available online.

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NEWS / PROJECTS / TV: Malawi to have first child-run TV station, Timveni

Saturday, 28 July 2012

Plan Malawi’s former Radio project now Timveni Child and Youth Media Organization, has been awarded a licence by the government of Malawi to run its own child focused TV station.

Timveni will be the first child-run and child focused fully fledged TV station in Plan globally operating, alongside the Malawi Broadcasting Corporation.

Out of the 16 media companies that applied for licenses, Timveni was among the 7 that have been issued with the permit.

In 2006, Plan Malawi piloted Timveni ‘Hear Us Out’ child media project in response to article 12 of the Child Rights Convention which gives an opportunity to children to voice out issues affecting their daily lives and to realize their full potential through its radio and outreach programs.

In 2011, it was spunned off as an independent organization while receiving funding from Plan Malawi and Plan Sweden.

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NEWS: ‘Shuga: Love, Sex, Money' screened at global AIDS conference

Friday, 27 July 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C., 26 July 2012 – When UNICEF and its partners, MTV and HIV-Free Generation of the United States President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) , wanted to inform adolescents and young people how to protect themselves against the HIV epidemic, they used one of the world's oldest and most reliable forms of communication: drama.

On 24 July, in Washington, D.C., participants in the XIX International AIDS Conference  (AIDS 2012) saw the results at a screening of 'Shuga: Love, Sex, Money'. It's the latest chapter in an audio and video series that follows young characters living in sub-Saharan Africa as they confront the epidemic's impact on their lives.  The fictitious, but very realistic, series was launched in 2009, telling the story of a group of friends in Nairobi who must navigate the complexities of life, love and HIV prevention. It deals openly and honestly with sometimes controversial themes including multiple sexual partnerships, alcohol abuse and HIV testing, and relies on the authenticity of its stories to win the attention and respect of its audience.

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STUDIES / RESEARCH: Tunisia: Study On Media and Youth

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Tunis — The results and the conclusions of a study achieved at the initiative of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) on "the representations of children, teenagers and youths in Tunisian media," were presented Thursday in Tunis.

This study was elaborated in light of a media production body covering the 1998-2008 period.

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OPPORTUNITIES / VIDEO: NPR launches video contest

Young people up to age 25 can participate in a video contest.
NPR's "My Big Idea to Change the World" contest is designed to give people ages 13 to 25 the chance to explain their original ideas powered by science, technology or math. Legal residents of the U.S. are eligible to participate.
Entrants will explain their idea in a video. The top 10 finalists will have their videos featured NPR's website, www.npr.org, and on NPR's Facebook page, "Joe's Big Idea."The first place winner will get personalized advice or commentary from a leader in their field of innovation, facilitated by NPR senior correspondent Joe Palca, on how to make their idea become a reality.
You can enter the contest as an individual or as a team of up to three members.
For more information, click here.

OPPORTUNITIES / PHOTO: "Empowering Women and Girls through Sports" Photo Contest

Whether it's on the field, in the pool, or on the track, women and girls all over the world are leveling the playing field and raising the bar. Grab your camera, get creative, and capture an action shot that celebrates how sports empower women and girls.

  • Two Grand Prize winners will receive a tablet computer (iPad 3) and their entries will be displayed at theU.S. Department of State.
  • Runners-up will receive ExchangesConnect T-shirts and trading cards featuring the top 20 submissions.

Important Notes
  • You must be at least 14 years old to enter the contest.
  • If you are under 18, you need permission from a parent or guardian to participate.
  • Each member may submit a maximum of two (2) entries for consideration in the contest.
  • Entries will be judged by a panel from the U.S. Department of State and photography and sports experts on originality, creativity, effectiveness, and photo quality. What are these?
  • Submissions will be accepted from July 24 until September 4, 2012.
  • Read our full rules to learn more.

NEWS / AWARDS: UNICEF gives special award at Odessa International Film Festival

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

ODESSA, Ukraine, 16/17 July 2012 – In Ukraine UNICEF gave a Special Award to film “Backstreet Champions” by Akhtem Seytablaev that tells about children and people living on the streets. This movie has been taken part in the competition of Odessa International Film Festival for the best film. It is based on a real story showing how football can help to change for better life of people in difficult life circumstances and vulnerable children.

Yukie Mokuo, UNICEF Representative in Ukraine, presented our prize during the press-conference to the production team of film “Backstreet Champions” and thanked for drawing public’s attention to important social issues through visual art. This award was nominated for the first time in the 15th year history of UNICEF presence in Ukraine.

NEWS / EVENTS: Youth-Focused Projects Lead the Field at Social Innovation Camp Central Asia 2012

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

The second annual Central Asia-wide Social Innovation Camp took place from May 31-June 2 in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Fifty young web designers, programmers, bloggers and activists were selected to take part of the event out of 138 applicants from Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan.

Over the course of 36 hours, 420 cups of coffee, and 360 cups of tea, teams developed seven concepts for online applications with a social goal into functioning prototypes. In addition, Internews Kazakhstan staff offered master classes on inspiring social online start-ups and monetizing online civic initiatives,

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OPPORTUNITIES: European Youth Media Days offers scholarships

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Journalists between the ages of 18 and 30 can participate in this event in Brussels.
European Youth Press, in collaboration with the European Parliament, invites young journalists to participate in the European Youth Media Days held Oct. 16-18.
The event, the largest of its kind in Europe for young journalists, will focus on the economic crisis that is currently threatening Europe. Over the course of the three-day workshop, each young journalist will work with his/her peers to produce a report on the topic of the seminar through their medium of choice - video, photo, radio, print or multimedia.
Travel costs will be reimbursed by the European Parliament. Working journalists will receive a lump sum of EUR€360 (about US$454) for participating, journalism students or interns will receive and EUR€180 (about US$230.)
Young journalists from other countries can participate but must pay their own expenses.
The application deadline is August 1.
For more information click here.

ARTICLES: Cyberbullying: Social media's darker side

Monday, 9 July 2012

India may have reason to celebrate its rising social media usage rankings, but it is yet to come to terms with its potential negatives, especially for teenagers, who form the bulk of the users in the country.

India is the third biggest Facebook market with nearly four crore, 98 lakh Facebook users according to the social media company Socialbakers. Semiocast, a social media monitoring tool, has rated India as the sixth highest user of Twitter. While globally the negative side of unmitigated use of social media is articulated, India has embraced social media without being too bothered about its possible hazards.

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PROJECTS: Fukushima, Afghan high school students swap stories online

High school students from Japan and Afghanistan might not be expected to have much in common, but Peter Crowley, UNICEF's representative in Afghanistan, learned otherwise during his first trip to Fukushima Prefecture.
After visiting the prefecture Thursday to attend a Web conference between Yumoto High School in Iwaki and Tajwar Saltana Girls High School in Kabul, Crowley told The Japan Times that the students showed solidarity in their determination to make a better future for themselves.

WORKSHOPS / NEWS: Oakland Innovation Film Lab – Youth Mobile Media Workshop (USA)

I have been facilitating media literacy and video production workshops with Bay Area youth and educators for over 12 years and the Youth Film Lab was the experience of a lifetime.  It was the first workshop I taught in which teens produced and edited their videos within 4.5 hours and then an hour later screened the videos to a live audience at the Oakland School of the Arts Black Box Theater.

How did we accomplish this task? First, we had a talented and motivated group of 14 teens from all over Oakland. Second, TILT (the youth media program at Ninth Street Independent Film Center) and Disposable Film Festival (DFF) crafted an action-packed curriculum that had the teens on the flip cameras right away. Teens were able to express themselves in the hands-on video activity When People See Me. This effective icebreaker allowed the teens to quickly get to know each other and therefore they were ready to jump into a brief discussion about using mobile media for social action and change.

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NEWS: Thailand to host media summit on young readers

A summit discussing ideas and strategies to attract young readers to all platforms of media will be hosted by Bangkok on Tuesday and Wednesday next week, according to the global organisation of the world’s newspapers and news publishers WAN-IFRA, also the organizer.
The event, the first of its kind which is named WAN-IFRA Young Reader Asia-Pacific Summit, will be attended by veteran industry professionals from India, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Belgium, Sweden, and Australia, who are going to provide lessons from successful young reader initiatives at newspapers in Asia, Europe, and Australia.
The focus will be on social media, simple ideas for attracting younger audiences, and advice on rethinking core strategies to appeal to all-age groups.
“Any news organisation that wants to remain relevant to all its readers and users should focus on getting the critical 15- to 24-year old audience on board, as well as reaching children at earlier life stages, their parents and their teachers,” says Aralynn McMane, an executive director at WAN-IFRA.

ARTICLES / NEWS: Young movie makers benefiting from money confiscated from criminals

Friday, 6 July 2012

A young people’s filmmaking organisation is one of several community groups benefiting from money confiscated from criminals.

The Glasgow Media Access Centre, which helps young people from targeted areas of the city learn about filmmaking through their 'mad about movies' project has been awarded £39,205 from the Cashback for Communities funding.

Since 2007 - £46 million - all recovered through the Proceeds of Crime Act, has been ploughed into communities under the Cashback for Communities scheme.

The Glasgow initiative involves regular movie clubs and a filmmaking summer school alongside a training programme to give teachers and youth workers skills to set up film projects for young people in communities.

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OPPORTUNITIES: Student essay contest open (CAUCASUS)

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Students who are citizens of Azerbaijan, Georgia, Armenia, Russia and Turkey, studying in their home countries or abroad can participate in this contest.
Caucasus International (CI), the international academic journal,  has launched a new essay competition for undergraduate students. Applicants should submit essays that address the question: “How can the South Caucasus achieve regional integration and security?” 
The essays should be about 1,200 to 1,500 words, and should be original, unpublished work that demonstrates clear thinking and good writing skills. Entries must be written in English. Only one essay per participant is permitted.
The winning essay will be publish in the next issue of the journal. The winner will also receive a cash prize of US$400, and two honorable mentions will receive a one-year subscription to Caucasus International.
The deadline is August 10.
For more information, click here.

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