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NEWS / PROJECTS: ‘Hello’ ringing in children-only news

Sunday, 31 March 2013

The first-ever 'Children's News Service' in Bangladesh, hello.bdnews24.com, a specialised website, is set to emerge on Sunday.

Children and adolescent journalists aged between 10 and 17 years will gather and deliver news on the specially designed website targeting the children readers.

Bangladesh's first internet newspaper bdnews24.com will run the website with UNICEF Bangladesh being the partner in the initiative.

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SuperFly Filmmaking Experience

Friday, 22 March 2013

Dear Youth Media Educator,

we are very excited to announce that we are now accepting student applications for our 8th annual SuperFly Filmmaking Experience.

SuperFly will take place May 30th through June 1st on a Seattle-area reservation, and will culminate with a screening at the Seattle International Film Festival on Saturday, June 1st at the Harvard Exit theater.

A partnership between Longhouse Media and the Seattle International Film Festival, the SuperFly Filmmaking Experience is the cornerstone program of Longhouse Media's youth calendar.

Each year 50 young artists (70% Native) come together on a local reservation or tribal lands for a weekend of filmmaking, technical skills building, leadership training, storytelling and cultural exchange. SuperFly is a 36 hour filmmaking intensive based on an original story written by an indigenous artist. In the allotted time, our youth (with the guidance of 20 professional mentors), produce five short films, and watch their work come to life at SIFF by the weekend's end.

SuperFly transcends film; it is literally a life-changing event for our youth and mentors. The true beauty of SuperFly is best described in the local tradition of the potlatch. It is a community effort: our students
participate on scholarships, giving this unique opportunity to youth that otherwise could not afford such a program; traditional foods, lodging and transportation are granted by tribal communities and partners; and mentors and volunteers graciously donate their time. This generosity not only ensures that SuperFly can happen, it also lays the foundational spirit for a weekend of sharing, collaboration and personal growth.

We believe that SuperFly is a one of a kind program that you will not find anywhere else in the world.

For more info, please contact:

Sai Badey
SuperFly Intern
Longhouse Media

Soyuz wave off

Thursday, 14 March 2013

Because inclement weather would hinder recovery efforts at the landing zone northeast of Arkalyk, Kazakhstan, the Russian Federal Space Agency has decided to postpone Thursday's landing of Expedition 34 and its Soyuz TMA-06M spacecraft. The crew now will depart the International Space Station on Friday, March 15. 

› Listen to the landing delay call from mission control (25 MB mp3) 

Russian meteorologists continue to monitor the weather across the Kazakh steppe. 

Commander Kevin Ford of NASA, Russian Soyuz Commander Oleg Novitskiy and Russian Flight Engineer Evgeny Tarelkin are now scheduled to undock their Soyuz spacecraft from the station at 7:43 p.m. EDT on Friday, heading for a landing in Kazakhstan northeast of the remote town of Arkalyk at 11:06 p.m. They will have spent 144 days in space since launching from Kazakhstan Oct. 23. 

When the Soyuz undocks, Expedition 35 will begin aboard the station under the command of Chris Hadfield of the Canadian Space Agency. On Wednesday, Ford ceremonially passed the helm to Hadfield, the first Canadian commander of the station. Hadfield and his crewmates, NASA astronaut Tom Marshburn and Russian cosmonaut Roman Romanenko, will tend to the station for two weeks until the arrival of three new crew members: NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy and Russian cosmonauts Pavel Vinogradov and Alexander Misurkin. 

NASA TV coverage of the Expedition 34 crew departure begins at 4 p.m. as the crew members bid their farewells and close the hatches between the vehicles at about 4:25 p.m. NASA TV undocking coverage begins at 7:15 p.m. Deorbit and landing coverage begins at 9:45 p.m. and will continue until the crew is safely in the medical tent at the landing site. 


Wednesday, 13 March 2013

This man now commands..a true rock star

ARB dos and don'ts cmon..

Why Put Your Ratings in Question?
Social Media Dos & Don’ts
PolicY bRief
Ratings data can be among the most valuable
tools broadcasters have for programming and
sales. It’s important to protect the integrity of
your station’s ratings by following Arbitron’s
guide to using social media. While these
platforms create more personalized
communication with listeners, social media
can also lead to rating bias or rating distortion
if not managed properly. Here are a few
guidelines to follow when managing the
use of social media.
Protecting the Integrity of Audience Estimates
Adherence to the “Social Media Dos & Don’ts”
Help preserve respondent anonymity
Help stations avoid rating distortion
(prompting false information from respondents)
and rating bias (prompting differential
participation by a particular station’s listeners)
Examples are available on arbitron.com.
The Importance of Anonymity
Arbitron treats respondents’ identities as
Respondents are instructed not to discuss their
participation with strangers.
Respondents who disclose their participation
become ineligible.
Arbitron Monitors Social Media
Arbitron monitors social media sites daily:
–For respondent disclosures
–For contact between respondents and stations
Personalities’ sites are monitored if the sites are
public, e.g., personality uses on-air name or
the site promotes a station or a show.
Arbitron investigates every respondent
disclosure it encounters.
Remember, social media is not only defined as
Facebook and Twitter, but also includes
texting, emails, etc.
In-person programming stunts, remotes, and
events could also foster rating bias or rating
distortion. Any inappropriate interaction with
panelists or diarykeepers at those events are
also evaluated under this same policy
Questions? Contact Dave Willinski, Senior
Principal Policy Analyst, at dave.willinski@
arbitron.com or (410) 312-8396.
Don’t attempt to learn the identity of
Arbitron respondents. The station
may be delisted, even if the attempt
doesn’t succeed.
Don’t address comments to panelists
or diarykeepers.
Don’t discuss ratings (even ratings
success) on social networking sites.
Doing so may prompt respondents to
disclose their participation.
Don’t post comments encouraging
listeners to participate as panelists
or diarykeepers.
Don’t offer anything of value to self-
identified panelists or diarykeepers.
Notify Arbitron if a respondent reaches
out to the station via social media (or any
other means).
Remind station staff that social media
comments are subject to same guidelines
as on-air comments.
Contact Arbitron for a confidential
pre-review if you are unsure about
comments you wish to post.
Contact Arbitron if your staff sees posted
comments directed to an Arbitron
Contact Arbitron if the station learns the
identity of an Arbitron respondent (by
any means).
Review the following materials at
–Rating Bias & Rating Distortion
handbooks for PPM and Diary
–Panel & Diary Security “Dos & Don’

Your next ULA launch

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Launch window: 2121-2201 GMT (5:21 to 6:01 p.m. EDT)
Launch site: SLC-41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida

The United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket (AV-037) will launch the U.S. military's second Space Based Infrared System Geosynchronous satellite, or SBIRS GEO 2, for missile early-warning detection. The rocket will fly in the 401 vehicle configuration with a four-meter fairing, no solid rocket boosters and a single-engine Centaur upper stage. Moved forward from May. Delayed from March 14

He's writing a book


Because 'records' really is his middle name...

Best known on WLS AM 890 for this long running bit..nightly called boogie check

Space is dangerous



An analysis of a rock sample collected by NASA's Curiosity rover shows ancient Mars could have supported living microbes.

Scientists identified sulfur, nitrogen, hydrogen, oxygen, phosphorus and carbon -- some of the key chemical ingredients for life -- in the powder Curiosity drilled out of a sedimentary rock near an ancient stream bed in Gale Crater.

NEWS: Gambia: YPM Observes Int'l Children's Day of Broadcasting

The Young People in the Media (YPM) the Gambia, during the weekend observed International Children's Day of Broadcasting, at a ceremony held at Unique FM Radio in Bakau.

The intergenerational dialogue forum that was funded by Child Fund The Gambia, was meant to open a forum to discuss matters that affect youths, with the theme: 'Encouraging our pace setters'.

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COMPETITIONS: “My story, my rights”

ERGO Network and Amnesty International are calling for your contribution to the RomaReact interactive map for the contest "My story, my rights" with the aim of highlighting the voices of young Roma on the European map. Share your story with the world, make everyone see, through your own eyes, who the Roma are, and help us fight anti-Roma prejudice and discrimination.

The contest is open on 12 March and will close on 30 April 2013.

Join and win!!!!

For more information about the contest and how to apply read more on RomaReact http://www.romareact.org/news/view/1076

Wallops Island launch this morning

Monday, 11 March 2013

ATLANTIC, Virginia (AP) — NASA has launched a suborbital rocket from its Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia's Eastern Shore.
The space agency says the Terrier-Lynx suborbital rocket was launched for the Department of Defense on Monday morning.
The launch originally was scheduled for Friday morning but NASA postponed it because of weather concerns.

NEWS / EVENTS: “Have a minute?” - One Minute Junior Movie Festival (BIH)

Sunday, 10 March 2013

"Have a minute?"

One Minute Junior Movie Festival


"Have a minute?" -  is a title of One Minute Junior Movie Festival, which will take place in Banjaluka on 14.03.2013. at Multiplex Palace Cinema.

22 selected movies, produced by children from 11 cities of Bosnia and Herzegovina will be screened at the Festival, and the winners in different categories will be announced.

The movies, entirely produced by children, were originally created within Strengthening the Social Protection and Inclusion System Programme (SPIS). Children from Brčko distrikt, Posušje, Velika Kladuša, Tešanj, Gornji Vakuf/Uskoplje, Kupres, Prnjavor, Derventa, Mrkonjić Grad, Čelinac i Gacko were trained how to conceptualize their ideas of social inclusion into a one minute movie form.

Out of 105 movies produced, 22 movies were pre-selected for the Festival.

The Jury constituted of professionals from the areas of Film, Theater, Journalism and Photography will decide on the winners for the best scenario, directing, acting, the special Jury Award and finally – the Grand Prix of the Festival.

All the 105 movies were qualified for an Audience Award that will be given based on the total number of "likes", acquired on Facebook.


The 'Project for Enhancing the Social Protection and Inclusion System for Children in BiH (SPIS)' is funded by the European Union and implemented by UNICEF and Government authorities at all levels. Programme is financed by the European Union since 2008 from the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA) in the total amount of 4.1 million EUR, with the objective to support enhancing the system for adequate social protection policy and inclusion of children and their families. The SPIS approach, which has been successfully modeled in 21 Municipalities, has the potential to be expanded to the rest of the country.

The Partner of the Festival is M:tel company.

Calling Mike Bird..what does this mean..

Thursday, 7 March 2013

Quiet Interlude in Solar Max

Something unexpected is happening on the Sun. 2013 was supposed to be the year of "solar maximum," the peak of the 11-year sunspot cycle. Yet 2013 has arrived and solar activity is relatively low. Sunspot numbers are well below their values from 2011, and strong solar flares have been infrequent.

The image above shows the Earth-facing surface of the Sun on February 28, 2013, as observed by the Helioseismic and Magnetic Imager (HMI) on NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory. HMI observes the solar disk at 6173 Ångstroms, a wavelength designed to study surface oscillations and the magnetic field. HMI observed just a few small sunspots on an otherwise clean face, which is usually riddled with many spots during peak solar activity.

› Read more about the current solar cycle

Friday launch from Wallops Island No make it Monday

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Rocket Launch Scheduled March 11 from Wallops 
WALLOPS ISLAND, VA – A Terrier-Lynx suborbital rocket is scheduled between 1 and 1:45 a.m. EST March 8 for the Department of Defense from NASA’s launch range at the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.  This date has been slipped because of the bad weather the last few days at the launch site..so looks like Monday is the night

The backup launch days are March 11 and 15 between 12:15 and 2:15 a.m. EDT. The rocket may be visible to residents in the mid-Atlantic region.

The launch will not be shown live on the Internet nor will launch status updates be provided on social media once the countdown begins. The NASA Visitor Center at Wallops will not be open for viewing the launch.

The visibility map for the launch on March 8 is below. 

Visibility Map for the Terrier-Lynx launch on March 8

Wizzard 100

Monday, 4 March 2013

This aircheck features John Gillis doing mornings with the absent Chuck Christian..followed by voice over aor legend Gary Bridges..It's fall of 1977
No jingles as this was during the Kevin Metheny era of the station when they didn't play jingles..WZZD got there first and only Heller jingles in 1978..

Brother John..Love demo

He died way too young at 56, in his day he was the voice of the abc fm syndicated love format.
When he worked from RKO General in LA he was also the voice of WROR FM's week night jazz program.  An amazing voice...he sounded better post stroke (are you reading this Ron Chapman)..

CRS 2 docks with the ISS

Sunday, 3 March 2013

The SpaceX Dragon capsule was berthed to the Harmony module of the International Space Station at 8:56 a.m. EST. The hatch between the newly arrived spacecraft and the Harmony module of the space station is scheduled to be opened tomorrow. The capsule is scheduled to spend 22 days attached to the station. 

Orion to launch unmaned on a Delta IV in Sept 2014

The first spacecraft NASA has designed to fly astronauts beyond Earth orbit since the Apollo era is well on its way to making a flight test next year, agency officials said Wednesday.

The mission is planned for launch in September 2014, and will see an Orion capsule orbit Earth without a crew and return through the atmosphere at speeds unseen since astronauts last returned from the moon in 1972.

ARTICLES: Ethiopian orphans & teens give learning a chance throuh ‘kid inspired’ TV

(WNN) Addis Ababa, ETHIOPIA, AFRICA: In an African country where HIV/AIDS orphans are a normal part of the landscape, one woman is working to create a new life for Ethiopian kids who live without their parents each day. Her work started as part of a grass roots-movement that began to use media, specifically television media, to reach children at all levels of Ethiopian society.

"Ethiopia counts one of the largest populations of orphans in the world: 13 per cent of children throughout the country are missing one or both parents. This represents an estimated 4.6 million children – 800,000 of whom were orphaned by HIV/AIDS," said United Nations agency UNICEF in 2006.

As an elementary school teacher working in Ethiopia's capital city of Addis Adaba in 2004, children's rights activist Bruktawit Tigabu had an idea that would revolutionize the way children, who often face life conditions without parents, can learn.

Using television as the medium for education in 2005, Tigabu began a program that began to work by reaching long-range goals to bring Ethiopia's orphaned kids more opportunity. How? – through pre-school education.

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Space X and CRS 2 on the way to ISS

Friday, 1 March 2013

ARTICLES / PROJECTS: Children make the news in Bangladesh

Children are generating, writing, shooting – and headlining – a popular primetime television news programme in Bangladesh.

By Arifa S Sharmin

DHAKA, Bangladesh, 27 February 2013 – “This is Shampa Islam reporting from the slums of Geneva Camp, Mirpur, Dhaka, for ATN Bangla.”
With that, the journalist signs off her television news report on the unhealthy and unsanitary living conditions of children in Geneva Camp, a low-income housing area.

It has been a good piece of television reporting. But what grabs the viewer’s attention is that the reporter is only 16 years old.

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