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NEWS: Digital Kids: how children are using devices, apps and media in 2013

Thursday, 31 October 2013


A day-long liveblog covering the latest research, trends and views on children's changing media habits
Any word-cloud about what kids are doing digitally will see Minecraft looming large, as above. Angry Birds, Temple Run, FIFA and Minion Rush all feature too.
The latter is somewhat under the radar for the wider games industry, but Despicable Me: Minion Rush (to give its full title) is something of a mobile monster: 100m downloads in three months on iOS and Android earlier this year.
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OPPORTUNITIES: German companies offer internships for journalists (BALKANS)

Wednesday, 30 October 2013



Young journalists with good knowledge of English or German from Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia can apply.
The Internship Program of German Business is offering graduates and students a three- to six-month-long internship at leading German companies.
The interns will receive an allowance financed by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. Participating German companies cover the cost of accommodation and health insurance.
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DEADLINE APPROACHING: Young voices against poverty: What would you change? Have your say!


The EDD13 video contest 'Young voices against poverty' encourages children and young adults aged between 13 and 24 to make their voices heard in the dialogue on addressing global poverty. The task is to create a short video (120-seconds max.) that showcases visions for the world in 2030 and ideas for eliminating poverty.
There will be four contest winners who will each receive an all-expenses trip to Brussels to attend European Development Days (26-27 November 2013) and have their video screened and made available on the website. The winners will be determined by those videos attracting the highest number of votes on Facebook.
The final deadline for submissions is 1 November 2013 and winners will be announced on 5 November 2013.
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NEWS: Students in media training workshop (PACIFIC)

Tuesday, 29 October 2013


In recognition of their potentials, about 20 students are attending a two-day workshop in Labasa to strengthen their participation in development.
Facilitated by the Live and Learn Environmental Education, the journalist forum is aimed at creating an advanced profile to the central role of children in the pursuit of peace, including children's roles in public education through media and formal education.
Formal education program co-ordinator Makelesi Batimala said the three-year project aimed to benefit more than 25,000 children under the age of 16 and to establish a large-scale network of 1800 schools and 2000 teachers in Fiji, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands.

Ladee update..blinded with science

NEWS / AWARDS: Little girl’s struggles wins 2013 Asia-Pacific Child Rights Award


The heart-rending story of a small girl's struggle in a Manila slum has won this year's Asia-Pacific Child Rights Awards for broadcasting.

Reel Time: Bone Dry, a documentary by GMA Network, spotlights child malnutrition in the Philippines, where two in ten children are undernourished. 

Filmed in the Tondo district, one of the most poverty-stricken areas in the country, the documentary tells the story of Mary Rose, a 10-year-old whose height and weight are those of a five-year old child. She lives with her five siblings, who have all been diagnosed as severely malnourished.

The award, created by the ABU, UNICEF and the CASBAA media association in 2001, is given annually to the best television program produced in the Asia-Pacific with a focus on children's rights. It is being presented on 24 October during the CASBAA Convention in Hong Kong.

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NEWS / EVENTS: Chicago International Children’s Film Festival showcases 43 countries

heir fill at the 30th annual Chicago International Children's Film Festival, which gets underway Saturday. Organized by Facet's Multi-Media, it offers a wide array of movies for all tastes.

This year the CICFF features more than 280 films from 43 countries, selected from more than 3,000 entries. In addition to the films, there also are post-screening Q&As with filmmakers, interactive workshops and filmmaker-led seminars all aimed at sparking the imaginations of the next generation of film lovers.

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First sports talk show host I really listened to

Thursday, 24 October 2013

Bill Mazer was “the Amazin’” sportscaster that several generations of today’s broadcasters and writers grew up on. He’s just died at 92, having been retired only since 2009, says the New York Times. Bill came to NYC from Buffalo in 1964 to work at then-talk WNBC (660), hosting a 4:30 to 6pm sports talk show – an unusual thing in those days. He went to WOR radio (710), CBS TV, then WNEW television in 1971. He was heard on WFAN, the very first all-sports station (then on 1050). He stayed on that frequency after a sale, to anchor a liberal morning talk show at WEVD for ten years. His last gig was at Bill O’Shaughnessy’s WVOX in Westchester County. O’Shaughnessy says “Bill was knowledgeable about damn near everything.”

suns getting nasty

The sun emitted a mid-level solar flare that peaked at 8:30 pm EDT on Oct. 23, 2013. Solar flares are powerful bursts of radiation. Harmful radiation from a flare cannot pass through Earth's atmosphere to physically affect humans on the ground, however -- when intense enough -- they can disturb the atmosphere in the layer where GPS and communications signals travel. Such radiation can disrupt radio signals for as long as the flare is ongoing, anywhere from minutes to hours.
To see how this event may impact Earth, please visit NOAA's Space Weather Prediction Center at http://spaceweather.gov, the U.S. government's official source for space weather forecasts, alerts, watches and warnings.
This flare is classified as an M9.4 flare, on a scale from M1 to M9.9.  This rating puts it at the very top of the scale for M class flares, which are the weakest flares that can cause some space weather effects near Earth. In the past, they have caused brief radio blackouts at the poles.  The next highest level is X-class, which denotes the most intense flares.
Increased numbers of flares are quite common at the moment, since the sun is near solar maximum. Humans have tracked solar cycles continuously since they were discovered in 1843, and it is normal for there to be many flares a day during the sun's peak activity.

NEWS / ARTICLES / IT: Africa: Unicef Uses IBM Analytics to Give a Voice to Youth in Africa

IBM and the U.S. Fund for UNICEF announced a collaboration with UNICEF Uganda on U-report, a free SMS-based reporting tool that allows Ugandan youth to communicate with their government and community leaders using their cell phones.

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NEWS: Amazon Studios Talks Online Content Development at Canadian Media Conference

The Youth Media Alliance (YMA) will host a discussion with one of the newest players on the digital mediascape, Amazon Studios, at its upcoming Children, Youth & Media (CYM) conference on November 13, in Toronto.

Amazon Studios is Amazon.com's division that develops comics, movies and television shows from online submissions and crowd-sourced feedback. Shooting scripts, creative concepts, pilot program reviews and more are solicited online.

The content is intended for distribution through Amazon Instant Video, the retail giant’s new digital video streaming service.

Tara Sorenson, formerly of National Geographic Kids and now head of kids programming at Amazon Studios, along with two creators whose series are currently in production, will share their vision and approach to youth content during the three-day CYM conference.

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NEWS: Sultan opens first Sharjah International Children’s Film Festival

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Sharjah: The first children's film festival in the country and region, the Sharjah International Children's Film Festival (SICFF), was officially opened yesterday (Monday) by His Highness Dr Shaikh Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah.

Shaikha Jawaher Bint Mohammad Al Qasimi, wife of the Ruler and Chairperson of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs and Patron of (SICFF), was also present.

Supporting the integration of core values in the films produced, Shaikha Jawaher highlighted the importance of instilling positive ideas and messages of social responsibility in the films screened for children at the festival.

"Unlike adults, children have not yet lost their innocence or their unquenchable thirst for knowledge. Through this festival we can learn a lot from them; not only about children, but also about ourselves, because these films are a mirror that enables us to see our society, other societies and cultures from thought-provoking new angles," added Shaikha Jawaher.

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EVENTS: 7th CHINH INDIA KIDS FILM FESTIVAL / MEDIA WORKSHOPS for CHILDREN

Monday, 21 October 2013

Registration is now open for
  • Film making Workshop by YANIE DUPONT, Canada
  • Animation Workshop, Sabrina Wanie, Germany
The workshops will be held during the 7th International CHINH INDIA KIDS FILM FESTIVAL from 9th-14th November 2013

For more info go to: http://www.chinh.in/Media%20Workshops%202013.html http://www.chinh.in/Media%20Workshops%202013.html

Workshop: Facilitating Participatory Theatre

Friday, 18 October 2013

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ARTICLES: Fast-food firms on Facebook and social media to exploit advertising standards loopholes

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

FAST-food companies are jumping on to Facebook and social media to aim at children and exploit loopholes in Australia's advertising standards, obesity experts claim.

An audit of marketing campaigns by major companies Coca-Cola, Cadbury and McDonalds found they were regularly using new media aimed at children and adolescents in ways which would not be allowed through traditional advertising.

Melbourne researchers found the junk-food giants were using branded online games, mobile apps and Facebook discount groups to attract young people to their products, despite marketing guidelines preventing the targeting of young people.

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ARTICLES: Ruth Myles: Geena Davis wants more balanced gender representation in children’s programming

When Geena Davis was a child growing up in Massachusetts, she and her best friend would play cowboys, firing their pretend pistols and riding off into imaginary sunsets.

The two never questioned their male-centric role-play. There weren't any cowgirls or leading women on their favourite TV shows, so who else would be riding those ranges? Five decades on and not much has changed.

"The ratio of male to female characters in film hasn't changed since 1946," Davis said Tuesday morning, shortly after her speech at the Canadian Women's Foundationannual fundraising breakfast in Calgary. The figure has held steady at three-to-one for more than a half-century. "So we are all trained to see this imbalance."

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NEWS: India to launch 50 educational TV channels

Monday, 14 October 2013

ndia’s Human and Resource Development Ministry has announced that it will partner with the country’s public broadcaster Prasar Bharati to launch 50 educational TV channels via the direct to home (DTH) satellite service.

Expected to be launched in January 2014, the channels will be free to air, with content from IITs, Central Universities and Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU).

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NEWS: Sharjah fosters young cinematic talent, peace

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

SHARJAH: The child within each one of those who follow creative work by children could well emerge 12 days from Wednesday when the first-ever children’s film festival in the entire Gulf begins its 10-day debut from Oct. 21 in Sharjah. 

Called the “Sharjah International Children’s Film Festival 2013” (“SICFF 2013”), the landmark event gathers 78 films for and by children from 32 countries, said SICFF director Jawaher Abdulla Al Qasimi at a press conference on Tuesday.

It was a result of the “FUNN Media Arts Exhibition 2012” held between Nov. 27 and Dec. 6 last year at the Al Majaz Waterfront in Sharjah.

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NEWS: Kids' relationships with TV characters may enhance their scientific skills

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Washington, Oct. 7 (ANI): Researchers are investigating if relationships formed by kids with media characters like Dora the Explorer or Elmo help them learn science, technology, engineering and mathematical (STEM).

Rebekah Richert, associate professor of psychology at University of California, Riverside, said that many people are involved in designing educational games, and there is a lot of interest in creating high-quality and interactive media.

"On the surface they seem likely to help children learn. But there can be big gaps between what technology offers and what children really learn."

In a series of studies with children ages 18 months to 6 years, the researchers will examine how toddlers and preschoolers learn from educational media and how that can support STEM education.

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EVENTS: 27th International Children’s Film Festival (PAKISTAN)

Monday, 7 October 2013

Pakistani children to participate as international jurists 

LAHORE: A group of two children from Pakistan is all set to participate as members of the International Children's Jury in the 27th International Children's Film Festival, Isfahan. 

The festival is taking place from October 7 to 13 in Isfahan, Iran. The Little Art's Lahore International Children's Film Festival has collaborated with Isfahan Festival for the initiative.

The two children are Warda Waqar, an 8th grade student from The Punjab School, Lahore, and Omar Nazir, an 8th grade student from Lahore American School. 

The children were selected through an open call to schools on the given criteria of children's interest in filmmaking and ability to analyse films for their peer groups. Omar Nazir also has made a short film which was premiered in this year's Lahore International Children's Film Festival.

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NEWS / STUDIES: Nearly 60 per cent of parents have no filters in place to protect their kids on the internet (UK)

Sunday, 6 October 2013

Nearly 60 per cent of parents have no internet security in place for their children's PCs or laptops despite a new report revealing that young kids have never been more at risk when going online.

Ofcom yesterday said there had been a notable increase in the number of under 15 year-olds who could be contacted by people unknown to them as children use a greater variety of social networking websites such as Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr.

The number of children with actual social networking profiles has fallen, which the regulator said could be linked to fears of 'cyberbullying'.

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NEWS: A2C2: Engaging youth to raise awareness about climate change issues

Tuesday, 1 October 2013


A2C2 is about engaging youth to use their unique voices to create compelling media content across different platforms about climate change issues. These youth–driven media products will be seen and heard by decision makers across the Pacific to raise awareness about climate change issues and adaptation options.

Students from Vanuatu and Samoa have now had training on climate change and media including learning how to identify climate change versus weather. During the workshops youth expressed their frustration, fear, resilience and determination in facing climate change in their communities.

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NEWS / ARTICLES: Can Children’s TV Characters Boost STEM Learning?

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Can relationships formed with media characters like Dora the Explorer or Elmo help young children learn science, technology, engineering and mathematical (STEM) skills?

A team of researchers at the University of California, Riverside, Northwestern University and Georgetown University hopes to answer that question in a five-year project funded by a $2.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation. UCR's share of the grant is $885,745.

"Many people are involved in designing educational games, and there is a lot of interest in creating high-quality and interactive media," explained Rebekah Richert, associate professor of psychology at UC Riverside and principal investigator on the research project. "On the surface they seem likely to help children learn. But there can be big gaps between what technology offers and what children really learn."

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