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TRAINING / WORKSHOPS: The best of children’s television seminar in Cyprus

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

The best of children's television, honoured by the internationally-recognised Prix Jeunesse International competition, will feature in a seminar for children's film experts and screenings for children and their parents organised by the Goethe-Institut Cyprus, in partnership with the Cyprus Community Media Centre and the Association for Historical Dialogue and Research. 

The two-day event will take place on December 7th and 8th at the Goethe-Institut Cyprus hall in Nicosia's buffer zone starting from 16:00pm, coordinated by Prix Jeunesse representative Kirsten Schneid from Munich/Germany. 

The Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation (CyBC) is media sponsor of the event.

This is the second time a Prix Jeunesse International screening is being held in Cyprus, aimed at encouraging dialogue, a deeper understanding of quality in children's media, and professional cooperation in the field of children's media between the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities. 

"Children in Europe spend an average of 150 minutes a day in front of the television, but are they watching programmes that are educational, stimulating, and age-appropriate?" said Björn Luley, director of the Goethe-Institut in Nicosia. 

"We want to showcase how children's television can develop intercultural understanding in Cyprus and across the world."

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ARTICLES: Pitfalls of youth and social media

(CNN) —

They're called "Generation M2": highly tech-savvy children ages 8 to 18, whose lives are immersed in electronic media.

Now, the nation's top pediatric organization is mobilizing efforts around their well-being.

"As pediatricians who are trying to help children behave in ways that keep them healthy and safe, we have to pay a lot of attention to what's happening in social media," said Dr. David Hill, chairman-elect of the American Academy of Pediatrics' council on communications and media.

The council led a panel called "Social Media: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly," at the group's annual conference last month in New Orleans. The goal of the presentation: getting pediatricians current on issues to discuss with young patients during regular wellness checkups.

Read more: http://www.wcvb.com/health/Pitfalls-of-youth-and-social-media/-/9848730/17527802/-/tdumdp/-/index.html#ixzz2DV8jnRm9

ARTICLES: Young people and social media: Docs examine pitfalls

Editor's note: Former CNN correspondent Pat Etheridge is a journalist specializing in children's health and family issues. She previously hosted CNN's "Parenting Today."

(CNN) -- They're called "Generation M2": highly tech-savvy children ages 8 to 18, whose lives are immersed in electronic media.

Now, the nation's top pediatric organization is mobilizing efforts around their well-being.

"As pediatricians who are trying to help children behave in ways that keep them healthy and safe, we have to pay a lot of attention to what's happening in social media," said Dr. David Hill, chairman-elect of the American Academy of Pediatrics' council on communications and media.

The council led a panel called "Social Media: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly," at the group's annual conference last month in New Orleans. The goal of the presentation: getting pediatricians current on issues to discuss with young patients during regular wellness checkups.

The American Academy of Pediatrics established the council in 2007 with the recognition that growing media platforms touch on virtually every health concern pediatricians have about young people: aggression, sex, drugs, obesity, self-image and eating disorders, depression and suicide -- even learning disorders and academic achievement.

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NEWS / AWARDS: British Academy Children's Awards Winners Announced

Monday, 26 November 2012

he British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has announced the winners of tonight’s British Academy Children’s Awards, celebrating the very best in children’s film, television, games and online media of the past year, and the talent behind their successes.

The ceremony was hosted by Barney Harwood at the London Hilton on Park Lane, and presenters included Eddie Izzard, Alesha Dixon, Sir David Jason, Tom and Dougie from McFly, Olympic gold medallists Heather Stanning and Alex Gregory, Tyger Drew Honey, Caitlin Moran, X Factor’s Kye Sones and Jade Ellis, Jedward and American film director John Landis.
Justin Fletcher won the third BAFTA of his career to become the most awarded children’s presenter yet, triumphing once again in the Presenter category for Something Special. On a memorable night for the presenter, Fletcher saw another of his programmes, Justin’s House, beating the competition in the Pre-School Live Action category.

EVENTS: PLURAL+ 2012 Awards Ceremony

December 6, 2012, 6:00-8:00 pm - Paley Center for Media, New York City 

With over 150 videos from 54 countries from around the world, youth filmmakers from Australia, Cameroon,  France, USA, Italy, Malaysia, Mexico, Russia, Canada and other countries will be honored at this year’s PLURAL+ awards ceremony.

PLURAL+ is a Youth Video Festival on migration, diversity and social inclusion, emphasizing intercultural dialogue and youth expression and the desire for peace and better understanding world-wide.  It is a joint initiative of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) with the support of many partner organizations from around the world.

For the list of PLURAL+ 2012 award winning videos, please see PLURAL+ 2012

NEWS / TRAINING: MISA trains journos on child reporting

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) has trained Malawi journalists on child reporting. An initiative MISA programme specialist for Media Freedom Monitoring and Research, Levi Kabwato describes as an on-going effort towards empowering journalists to report informatively and positively on children and child rights.
The training took place this week in Blantyre where journalists were informed about various issues governing child right that focused on ethical guidelines and principles; international human rights instruments such as the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child and the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child.

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OPINIONS / INTERVIEWS: Advice to young journalists: learn multimedia, languages

Monday, 19 November 2012

by James Breiner
Spain's traditional media, like those in the U.S., have experienced devastating declines in revenues and have cut staff ruthlessly.
In an interview with with the Spanish website LaInformacion.com, Juan Antonio Giner, co-founder of Innovation Media Consulting, shared some of his strong opinions about how young journalists and traditional media should confront the challenge from digital media. Some translated excerpts from that interview follow.
What advice do you have for young journalists who want to make a decent living practicing their chosen craft?
Giner: The job market is limited, and for that reason there will never be work for everyone everywhere and in all media. Competition today is fierce, and that is a good thing. The only ones who will find work are those who are the best trained, who have acquired the most knowledge, who have mastered telling stories with multimedia, who speak more than one language, and, above all, who want to take on the world. This is a profession for people with passion, with fight, who are undaunted, relentless.

NEWS: Education is crucial for the protection of children from abuse on the Internet

BELGRADE, 17 November 2012 – In Serbia since 2010, 46 convictions have been handed down for crimes of abuse of minors in pornography on the Internet – it was stated today at a public hearing in the Serbian National Assembly, organized by the Committee on the Rights of the Child in partnership with UNICEF.

“Over the past three years, the Prosecutor's Office for High-Technological Crime initiated a total of 71 cases. In 2011, 40 cases resulted in 30 convictions, while in 2012, six convictions were handed down in 17 initiated cases,” said Special Prosecutor for High-Technological Crime Branko Stamenković, and recalled that abuse of children in pornography as a crime and a new form of threat, was mentioned in the Council of Europe Convention on Cybercrime of 2001.

Serbian National Assembly Speaker Nebojša Stefanović, who chairs the Assembly's Committee on the Rights of the Child, stated that the National Assembly would do everything possible to increase the level of legal protection of children from pornography and raise awareness of the hazards of new technologies.

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NEWS / EVENTS: Arab Media forum competition is open

Dubai: Dubai Press Club opened the door for registration for the “Youth Take the Stage” competition that aims to promote the active participation of students in organising the 12th edition of the Arab Media Forum (AMF 2013). The competition is open to Emirati university students and registration will run till December 5 on the Arab Media Forum’s website. The initiative seeks to hone the skills of volunteers and offer them practical experience.

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NEWS: DSWD-6 briefs media on reporting children’s cases (PHILIPPINES)

ILOILO CITY, Nov. 17 (PIA6) -- Media institutions should maintain the highest ethical and professional standards in reporting of children's cases, said the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office 6. 

DSWD gathered representatives from media outfits here, to dialogue among themselves and among children representing various institutions in a forum on Social Media Ethics. 

The forum yielded a guide as to how media practitioners, in the exercise of their work, can become a partner in the promotion of children's rights and prevention of child delinquency. 

May Castillo, DSWD information officer, said the media guidelines focus on children's absolute right to privacy, and respect for his dignity at all times.

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Mars today

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

PASADENA, Calif. -- A pinch of fine sand and dust became the first solid Martian sample deposited into the biggest instrument on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity: the Sample Analysis at Mars, or SAM.
Located inside the rover, SAM examines the chemistry of samples it ingests, checking particularly for chemistry relevant to whether an environment can support life. Curiosity's robotic arm delivered SAM's first taste of Martian soil to an inlet port on the rover deck on Nov. 9. During the following two days, SAM used mass spectrometry, gas chromatography and laser spectrometry to analyze the sample.
The sample came from the patch of windblown material called "Rocknest," which had provided a sample previously for mineralogical analysis by Curiosity's Chemistry and Mineralogy (CheMin) instrument. CheMin also received a new sample from the same Rocknest scoop that fed SAM. SAM has previously analyzed samples of the Martian atmosphere.
"We received good data from this first solid sample," said SAM Principal Investigator Paul Mahaffy of NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md. "We have a lot of data analysis to do, and we are planning to get additional samples of Rocknest material to add confidence about what we learn."
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, manages the Mars Science Laboratory Project for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington. JPL designed and built the rover.

Solar eclipse live NOW

Cliff Notes on the Fiscal Cliff

From  CBS Moneywatch.

ho ho ho hum

It may only be mid-NOVEMBER, but the CHRISTMAS spirit is in full swing on a number of stations. Recently joining the "All CHRISTMAS Music" are: 

NEWS: Cross Media For Kids At Malmö Financing Forum

The Financing Forum for Kids' Content - the only one of its kind in Northern Europe - will be held from March 11-13, 2013 in Malmö. Over 27 cross-media projects (including seven part of Nordisk Film & TV Fond's High Five Cross-Media Content for Kids) will be pitched to over 200 Nordic and European industry people. 

Previously known as BUFF:FF Financing Forum, the event runs parallel to BUFF Children and Youth Film Festival. The highlight of the event is The Open Arena, Pitching event where producers introduce their innovative cross media ideas. Among the moderators is UK expert Liz Rosenthal from Power to the Pixel. 

Annette Brejner, Head of the Financing Forum said: "I've already received huge interest on our programme from a range of international financiers. I am particularly happy to welcome for the second time High Five Cross-Media Content for Kids. Two projects introduced last year (The Snowflakes produced by Denmark's Nice Nija ApS, and Valkyria produced by Sweden's Kore Film and Transmedia) will be presented again in a more elaborate stage of development. All industry people attending will be able to learn from their experience."

Besides the Pitching event, the Focus on Global Digital Media Market for Kids Contentsessions will include presentations from international keynote speakers and from major Nordic and European broadcasters. Accredited participants will also be able to meet Commissioning Editors from Nordic film institutes, representatives from Regional film funds, Nordisk Film & TV Fond, Power to the Pixel, publishers and people from the game industry.

For further details check: http://www.thefinancingforum.com/

NEWS / TRAINING: One Talk 4 All Unites Pacific Youth and Broadcasters

Young people and broadcasters from Fiji, Kiribati, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and the Republic of the Marshall Islands came together last week for a powerful collaboration.

Together they created media productions for, with and about youth and children, promoting action on climate change, violence, sexual health, healthy eating and school attendance.

Organised by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community in partnership with UNICEF Pacific and the Pacific Media Assistance Scheme, the One Talk 4 All workshop took place in Suva, Fiji.

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BBG in the cloud but why?

Monday, 12 November 2012

The Broadcasting Board of GovernorsGovernment Broadcaster Provides News in Support of Democracy Using Cloud Tools

Years ago, the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) made a strategic decision to move to a cloud-computing solution in an effort to more cost-effectively operate its radio and TV networks, which reach 187 million people. As part of that strategy, the BBG adopted cloud-based Microsoft Office 365, resulting in high uptime and reduced risk, lower infrastructure costs, and enterprise-class capabilities normally found only in more expensive on-premises server solutions.
Business NeedsThe Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) supervises US government-supported global broadcasting networks. Its mission is to inform, engage, and connect people around the world in support of freedom and democracy. BBG broadcasts reach an audience of 187 million people in more than 100 countries. Its networks include the Voice of America, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, the Middle East Broadcasting Networks (Alhurra TV and Radio Sawa), Radio Free Asia, and the Office of Cuba Broadcasting (Radio and TV Martí).
That vital work requires elaborate systems for generating, aggregating, and disseminating news content. Maintaining so many networks requires advanced technology, and the BBG concluded years ago that moving to cloud technologies as part of a series of strategic IT initiatives would offer a cost-effective way to augment its IT infrastructure. “By virtue of the different markets that we serve, the BBG has to operate a huge and diverse portfolio of technologies,” explains André Mendes, Director, Office of Technology, Services, and Innovation at the Broadcasting Board of Governors. “To do that, we are undergoing a substantial technology migration that has cloud computing as the central paradigm of what we are going to do from an information technology standpoint.”
Not only does the geographic diversity of the organization provide operational challenges, the very nature of its mission also places tremendous importance on using secure and reliable communication and collaboration tools. The BBG sought a solution that would address these issues, in addition to the agency’s strategic cloud initiatives.
SolutionTo meet these challenges, the BBG deployed Microsoft Office 365, a set of collaboration and productivity tools delivered as a cloud service that brings together Microsoft Office, SharePoint Online, Exchange Online, and Lync Online. Office 365 emphasizes security, scalability, and easy migration to the cloud, which helps to reduce upfront server and other infrastructure costs.
*With Office 365, the Agency gives communications access to everyone who’s authorized and, at the same time, addresses issues of disaster recovery and business continuity.*

André Mendes
Director, Office of Technology, Services, and Innovation,
Broadcasting Board of Governors

“It is imperative that cloud-based versions of software deliver the same—if not better—features than those of traditional server products,” says Mendes, referring to increasing feature parity between Office 365 and its on-premises counterparts. When Microsoft released Office 365 in 2011, the combination of the solution’s features and the cost and labor benefits of moving to Microsoft-managed cloud services quickly became apparent to the organization.
The migration from a series of legacy platforms to Office 365 was the subject of a very thorough review and planning process. After the six-month implementation plan was complete, a two-day migration converted 2,100 internal and external users to the cloud. Five days after the move, the new tools were integrated, and users were functioning on the standardized Office 365 platform. In addition, BBG has become the first government agency to grant the Authority to Operate (ATO) for the Office 365 platform under the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA). “We are very pleased with the result of the migration,” Mendes says.
BenefitsBy adopting Microsoft Office 365, BBG gains a reliable, cost-effective, enterprise-class solution to carry out its global mission.

Minimizes RiskThe BBG was initially concerned about the migration from an on-premises system that had been around for many years, but those concerns were quickly allayed by employees’ first experiences with Office 365, its ease of use, and reliability. “With Office 365, the Agency gives communications access to everyone who’s authorized and, at the same time, addresses issues of disaster recovery and business continuity,” say Mendes.
Supports Global CollaborationFor users in the field and in studio settings, keeping communication channels open is vital to carrying out the organization’s mission. Information moves across the globe as journalists gather and disseminate news in real time. “Email is indispensable for us because we operate all around the world,” says Walter Wisniewski, Editor at the Voice of America. “We communicate with our correspondents primarily by email.” While users in any business understand the importance of email, it takes on a critical dimension when the messages might represent the sole voice of hope for a listener or viewer living beneath a repressive regime. “We receive all of our scripts via email,” adds Wisniewski. “It’s our lifeblood—what news runs on—so speed and reliability is important to us.”
Offers Cost-Effective, Enterprise-Class ITCapabilities
By using Office 365, the BBG can offer its employees the tools they need to perform their important work. But, for Mendes, the mission is also very personal. “I first started consuming Voice of America on April 25, 1974 when we had a revolution in my native country, Portugal,” he says. “I huddled around the radio with my family listening to news about what was happening inside our country because we could not trust the broadcasts on TV and radio from our own government. So, that started a long-term love affair with the mission.”
With such an important mission, the move to the cloud was not taken lightly. “The interesting thing about our migration to Office 365 is that it brought to the table communication and collaboration capabilities that exist in many major corporations but not here at the BBG, historically, because of the cost. I am very enthusiastic about what has happened so far, especially from a reliability standpoint, and also from the ease of the introduction of the technology," says Mendes.

Does google know about this?

NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) used an experimental version of interplanetary Internet in late October to control an educational rover from the International Space Station, NASA says. The European-led experiment used NASA’s Disruption Tolerant Networking (DTN) protocol to simulate a scenario in which an astronaut in a vehicle orbiting a planetary body controls a robotic rover on the planet’s surface.
Space station Expedition 33 commander Sunita Williams in late October used a NASA-developed laptop to remotely drive a small LEGO robot at the European Space Operations Center in Darmstadt, Germany.
“The demonstration showed the feasibility of using a new communications infrastructure to send commands to a surface robot from an orbiting spacecraft and receive images and data back from the robot,” said Badri Younes, deputy associate administrator for space communications and navigation at NASA Headquarters. “The experimental DTN we’ve tested from the space station may one day be used by humans on a spacecraft in orbit around Mars to operate robots on the surface, or from Earth using orbiting satellites as relay stations.”
The DTN architecture is a new communications technology that enables standardized communications similar to the Internet to function over long distances and through time delays associated with on-orbit or deep space spacecraft or robotic systems. The core of the DTN suite is the Bundle Protocol (BP), which is roughly equivalent to the Internet Protocol (IP) that serves as the core of the Internet on Earth.
While IP assumes a continuous end-to-end data path exists between the user and a remote space system, DTN accounts for disconnections and errors. In DTN, data move through the network “hop-by-hop.” While waiting for the next link to become connected, bundles are temporarily stored and then forwarded to the next node when the link becomes available.

A total solar eclipse

Astro Tom Jones is on a cruise to see this event.  It's Tuesday afternoon starting at 230pm in the afternoon.
Go here to see it. and also here.

Joins Magic on WGOD

Big John Gillis dead at 64.
Indianapolis broadcasters are remembering longtime air personality Big John Gillis, who died Friday after a brief illness. He was 64. Gillis did airborne traffic reports on Emmis news-talk WIBC from 1980 until 2007.

John was the program director who hired me to do weekends at WVBF, FRAMINGHAM BOSTON.
ELECTRONIC MAMA...yes I got to play with those jingles... I also worked with John at WZZD in Philly, he's 1st wife sold me the platform bed I still have..

Only piece of sound I could find on the net with John's voice on it.

NEWS / EVENTS: Youth Rise Up at the BAYMN Media Festival

Sunday, 11 November 2012

On a beautiful fall Saturday in Oakland, students, educators and families filled the Kaiser Center’s 400-seat theater to watch 20 compelling youth-produced films that focused on social change and the high school dropout crisis.
The Rise to the Occasion Youth Media Festival was organized by KQED, along with other members of theBay Area Youth Media Network (BAYMN), a consortium of more than 20 non-profits that believe in the power of media production to engage youth voice, self-expression and empowerment as well as to inspire social change.
Films not only expressed the complexity of issues that cause students to dropout of high school, they also explored the topics of health, race, sexual identity and discrimination.

NEWS / EVENTS: Africa: Eric Chinje Calls for Youth Involvement in Media Management

Dakar, 8 November — Eric Chinje, Mo Ibrahim Foundation's strategic communications Director has called for youth involvement in media management while urging African media leaders attending the fifth AMLF edition to help young men take over.
According to him, the media have an important role to play in Africa's development. He highlighted the need to check the reliability of news items before they are released. "The private and public media are beginning to lose credibility," he said.
"We thought that by using open data, the production would become more credible," he went on to say.

About 2 miles from where I live here in MD

Friday, 9 November 2012

WASHINGTON - Crew trucks for a BBC movie being filmed in the region parked out of view on Friday morning to avoid distracting morning commuters.
Portions of the movie, Philomena, starring Judi Dench, were shot Thursday and Friday in Potomac, Md. near River Road. For her role, Dench plays a woman looking for adult son after he was taken from her decades before.
On Thursday, crews preparing for the shoot distracted drivers and snarled traffic during the morning rush.
Lucille Baur, with the Montgomery County police department, says crews are not permitted to shoot during morning rush hour on Thursday or Friday.
On Friday morning, they set up trailers behind a church to avoid causing the distraction.
Scenes are being shot indoors, so drivers won't see anything even if they do slow down to take a look.

The demography of the election

If you're a Republican this is not good news.

NEWS: UK & Europe launch new Internet TV service for young people

Thursday, 8 November 2012

A new Internet television service for young people in the UK and Europe was launched on 7 November, as part of a major €3.3 million project led by the University of East Anglia (UEA), Advanced Television reports.
SeaMe.tv was created by the SeaMedia project and serves the coastal regions of the East, South East and South West of England, Belgium, France and the Netherlands. The cross-border collaboration sees young people working with professional broadcasters and academics to create programmes reflecting their interests and showcasing their skills. Content includes short films, discussion shows, music and documentaries.

The SeaMe.tv platform was launched in Belgium as part of a government conference in Ghent on young people and the media. Project manager Mark Wells, from the School of Political, Social and International Studies at UEA, said SeaMe.tv aimed to create a way for young people in the different countries to communicate and share experiences, and to provide an outlet for material that might otherwise not be seen.

SeaMe.tv website

More election

Tuesday, 6 November 2012




cbs tv master control election night 2012

nbctv  democracy plaza

I agree

I must confess, I am dreading today's elections.
Not because of who might win or lose.
Not because as a Californian, my vote for President will count 1/3 as much as an Alaskan (actually it won't matter at all -- I'm not in a swing state).
Not because my vote for Senate will count 1/50 as much as an Alaskan.

But because no matter what the outcome, our government will still be a giant bonfire of partisanship.  It is ironic since whenever I have met with our elected officials they are invariably thoughtful, well-meaning people.  And yet collectively 90% of their effort seems to be focused on how to stick it to the other party.

So my plea to the victors -- whoever they might be: please withdraw from your respective parties and govern as independents in name and in spirit.  It is probably the biggest contribution you can make to the country.

[If you agree, pass it on to your newly elected officials.]

Election day

I voted...here's the latest poll info
And those commercials..do they really work.

ARTICLES: Texting, TV and Tech Trashing Children's Attention Spans

Two studies on teachers' views of the impact of digital media on children's learning were just released, one by the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project and the other by Common Sense Media.
Although teachers see a number of advantages in young people's heavy use of digital media (especially in their ability to find information quickly and efficiently), it is the potentially harmful effects that have families, educators and policy makers worried. New York Times' Matt Richtel summarizes these concerns in an articleabout the studies: "There is a widespread belief among teachers that students' constant use of digital technology is hampering their attention spans and ability to persevere in the face of challenging tasks."

NEWS: Nordic Council Creates Kids Literary Award

November 5, 2012 - The Nordic Council has decided to establish a new prize for children and young people's literature. 

The prize will be awarded for the first time in 2013 and will be the fifth of such prestigious awards with the existing awards for film, literature, music, nature and environment. 

"A Nordic children's and young people' literature prize, along with a number of other activities, will give a marked and visible boost for children and young people's reading. We have seen that the other Nordic culture prizes help to draw both Nordic and international attention to culture, and we should exploit this with children and young people too", said Norway's Minister of Culture Hadia Tajik.


WORKSHOPS / TRAINING: Workshop motivates people (PACIFIC REGION)

MORE than 20 participants from around the Pacific were part of a one-week UNICEF OneTalk4 All workshop at Tanoa Plaza in Suva.
The aim of the workshop was to get people talking about issues concerning youths within the Pacific region and finding ways to solving those issues through the support of the media.
Participants got achance to express their concerns on violence, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), non-communicable diseases and education and how they can get youths to be more aware of the issues.
Beiateta'ake Burabura of Kiribati said she had learnt a lot during the one-week workshop and it had motivated her in creating awareness on issues such as violence, education and STIs in her country.
Ms Burabura said she would surely make a difference when returning to her country as she would present everything she had learnt through the radio station.
"We got the chance to produce radio jingles and TV production ads, which portrays the importance of education," she said.

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