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NEWS / AWARDS: OneMinutesJr nominees warm up for annual awards ceremony in Amsterdam

Saturday, 30 November 2013

AMSTERDAM, 29 November 2013 - The nominees of the 2013 OneMinutesJr awards have come together in Amsterdam for a filmmaking masterclass and the annual awards ceremony this weekend.

15 films have been selected by a mixed youth- and adult-jury in three categories. Nine of the films were produced in the CEECIS region, namely in Bosnia and Herzegovina (3), Ukraine (4), Georgia (1) and Armenia (1). The other nominees come from Mexico, Vietnam, Cambodia, Libya and Pakistan.

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ARTICLES: Child online protection made paramount by UNICEF and the ITU

The Global Youth Summit: BYND 2015 gathered together youth from all over the world to convene on using technology for social good, and gave them a chance to influence UN decisions

Technological innovation has advanced in unprecedented ways over the past decade. Digital and mobile technology, when used safely can give children and adolescents the chance to make a difference and voice their concerns in schools and communities. With the right tools and information, young people are better placed to access opportunities for healthcare, education and employment.

UNICEF and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) have been closely collaborating on two specific work streams, giving children and youth a voice in a digital era: the Global Youth Summit: BYND 2015and the draft Child Online Protection (COP) Guidelines.

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EVENTS: Call for more focus on children and youth

DOHA: Industry representatives from around the world have underscored the need to produce more local content for children to be able to develop a clear sense of cultural identity, at the ongoing Ajyal Youth Film Festival.

“One of the most important factors today is that our children are learning only one language. This forces children to become global citizens and we are running the risk of losing touch with individual cultures and language. We need locally produced children’s content that reflects regional lives” said Sami Raffoul, CEO, Pan Arab Research Centre.

Fatma Mohamed Alloo, Board Member, Zanzibar Film Festival said, “It’s important that the content you create relates to people’s lives, youth need to create their own content”. Christine Mendoza, Director of Research and Evaluation at Education Video Centre, USA added “We need more media by youth, for youth.”

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EVENTS: Belarusian-Russian Forum of Young Journalists expands its borders

Thursday, 28 November 2013

MOGILEV, 27 November (BelTA) – The Second Belarusian-Russian Forum of Young Journalists "Common Vision for the Future" opened in Mogilev on 27 November. It brought together more than 150 participants from Belarus, Russia, Kazakhstan and Armenia, and also media experts and heads of leading media outlets from four countries, BelTA has learnt.

"It is a very timely and important event in the integration processes taking place on the post-Soviet territory. In fact, Belarus is creating the single international community of young journalists. It is important that this was the suggestion of the young journalists themselves. At the first forum held in Gomel last year they suggested making it permanent,” Information Minister of Belarus Oleg Proleskovsky said when opening the forum. 

According to the Information Minister, this project is completing the year of international journalistic work which was conducted by the Information Ministry in Belarus. Among the major events were the international exhibition of traditional mass media, international media forum, the Russian Press Congress, the Forum of Creative and Scientific Intellectuals, and today’s Belarusian-Russian Forum of Young Journalists.

“I am happy to see the interest in the project growing. It gathers more participants. Today in Mogilev we see, as it is now fashionable to say, the integration core - young journalists of Belarus, Russia, Kazakhstan and Armenia. The main objectives of the forum are to enhance professional communication skills of youth, promote media, development, professional and international communication, and to form the single media community of Belarus and Russia. We also set a task to introduce our guests from other countries to Belarus. It is no coincidence that the first forum was held in Gomel, the second is hosted by Mogilev, the capital of culture of Belarus and CIS. The third one in 2014 is planned in Vitebsk and Grodno Oblasts,” Oleg Proleskovsky said.

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ARTICLES: UNICEF Uganda's U-report: giving young people a voice

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

An innovative mobile-based application is enabling Uganda's young people to offer up their views on everything from economic empowerment to immunisation

When UNICEF Uganda launched the innovative "U-report" tool in May 2011, the idea was to harness both the high level of connectivity and the proliferation of mobile phones in the country to give young people a voice. It was – and still is – an established fact that Uganda has one of the youngest populations in the world, with more than 55% of its people aged zero -18 years. On the other hand, access to mobile phones was estimated at 48%, which meant that creating a mobile-based application to amplify youth voices and empower them to speak out on issues affecting them was realistic.

UNICEF subsequently worked with telecoms providers and other partners to create U-report, a free SMS-based platform through which young Ugandans can speak out on what is happening in their communities across the country, and work together with other community leaders for positive change. Young people simply text the word "JOIN" to the toll-free 8500 short code and become U-reporters after answering a few prompted questions. U-report has grown fast in its first two years, with just under 250,000 young people currently registered and active on the network.

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EVENTS: Festival aims to bring together film and media experts

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

The inaugural Ajyal Youth Film Festival, presented by the Doha Film Institute from November 26 to 30 at Katara the Cultural Village, aims at introducing an extensive array of industry events held under the theme “Our Children First!”

The festival which has among its highlights 65 films from 30 nations, features a two-day Industry Forum that spans the spectrum of film-making and the media.

On November 27 and 28 there are discussions of the importance and influences of media and the impact it has on younger audiences.

“Our Children First!” forum aims at shedding light on every facet of media through a hands-on approach by highlighting the spoken word, rhythm, song, poetry, and technology, in sessions led by experts from the regional and international film industry.

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Call for Entries: PRIX JEUNESSE INTERNATIONAL 2014

Friday, 15 November 2013



For contest rules and entry forms go to


See you in Munich for PRIX JEUNESSE INTERNATIONAL 2014!

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ARTICLES: Teenagers say goodbye to Facebook and hello to messenger apps

Tuesday, 12 November 2013


Facebook made a startling admission in its earnings announcement this month: it was seeing a "decrease in daily users, specifically among teens". In other words, teenagers are still on Facebook; they're just not using it as much as they did. It was a landmark statement, since teens are the demographic who often point the rest of us towards the next big thing.
Their gradual exodus to messaging apps such as WhatsApp, WeChat and KakaoTalk boils down to Facebook becoming a victim of its own success. The road to gaining nearly 1.2 billion monthly active users has seen the mums, dads, aunts and uncles of the generation who pioneered Facebook join it too, spamming their walls with inspirational quotes and images of cute animals, and (shock, horror) commenting on their kids' photos. No surprise, then, that Facebook is no longer a place for uninhibited status updates about pub antics, but an obligatory communication tool that younger people maintain because everyone else does.
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NEWS: Angola: UNICEF Presents Basic Principles for Child's Reporting

Saturday, 9 November 2013


The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) presented on Thursday in Luanda a reporting that reads the basic principles of how media should draft journalists' stories about children and young people.
According to the document divulged in the ambit of Workshop about "Child and Women in Media", these principles are aimed to support the journalist in their stories regarding the issues that affect the children and guide the journalists to write stories ethnically and serve public interest without endangering the children's right.
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ARTICLES: 2 hours web time for children - doctors

Sunday, 3 November 2013


London - Children should spend no more than two hours a day on the internet, according to official advice from doctors, amid fears it can lead to obesity, bullying and lack of sleep.
The American Academy of Pediatrics said the limit also applied to watching TV and that smartphones and laptops should be kept out of youngsters’ bedrooms.
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