September 17, 2014

OPPORTUNITIES: German companies offer internships for journalists

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.

Students or graduates with initial work experience from the following fields can apply: media/ journalism, agriculture, energy, electronics, financial services, insurance, banking, trade, business consulting/auditing, industrial services, engineering, transport and logistics, environmental technology/ biotechnology, chemical industry, steel and metal processing, and IT/ telecommunications.

Applicants must send a letter of motivation (one to two pages maximum), a CV, a portrait photo and a scanned transcript of records.

The deadline is Oct. 31.

For more information, click here.

Source: ijnet (

September 16, 2014

NEWS: Gambia: MOICI Orients Journalists On CRC

The Ministry of Information and Communication Infrastructure (MOICI), through the Department of Information Services, in collaboration with UNICEF last Wednesday oriented journalists from various media houses on the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).

The daylong training was meant to build their capacities in reporting on children issues and showcasing of images of children at risk.

Convention on the Rights of the Child affirmed that children because of their vulnerability, need special care and protection as it places special emphasis on primary care and protective responsibility of the family, with the need for legal protection of the child before and after birth.

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September 15, 2014

ARTICLES / NEWS: UNICEF urges children to work with media

From PANIC CHILUFYA in Windhoek

CHILDREN in southern Africa have been challenged to have their voices heard by partnering with the media in highlighting their vulnerability and improving their status in the region.
The Convention on the Rights of Children which started 25 years ago in 1989 charts the progress of children from infancy to childhood to adulthood and along the way there are so many challenges that can only be resolved when media, civil society, governments and all stakeholders address them collectively.

Unicef Namibia Chief of Health, Myo-Zin Nyunt was speaking when he presented the State of the World’s Children Overview of key issues affecting children in southern Africa during a two-day regional meeting of ‘Children and Media’ partners summit here on Friday.

The summit was hosted by MISA regional secretariat and supported by the Save the Children International.

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September 11, 2014

EVENTS: Day of General Discussion: "Digital media and children’s rights" 12 September 2014

Day of General Discussion: "Digital media and children's rights" 12 September 2014 - 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Room XVII, Palais des Nations

The Convention on the Rights of the Child is the most widely ratified international human rights instrument, with 194 States Parties.

The Committee on the Rights of the Child, the body of independent experts responsible for reviewing progress made by States parties in implementing the Convention on the Rights of the Child, during its 65th session (13 – 31 January 2014) decided to devote its 2014 Day of General Discussion (DGD) to "Digital media and children's rights". The discussion will take place on Friday 12 September 2014 during the 67th session of the Committee in Geneva.

The purpose of the Days of General Discussion is to foster a deeper understanding of the contents and implications of the Convention as they relate to specific articles or topics. Representatives of Governments, non-governmental organizations, United Nations human rights mechanisms, United Nations bodies and specialized agencies, national human rights institutions as well as individual experts and children are welcome to take part. The Committee also encourages the submission of written contributions, to be sent by 10 August 2014, please click on this link for more information.

Overall objective of the 2014 DGD

To better understand the effects of children's engagement with social media as well as information and communications technologies (ICT), in order to understand the impact on and role of children's rights in this area, and develop rights-based strategies to maximize the online opportunities for children while protecting them from risks and possible harm.

more info

September 1, 2014

OPPORTUNITIES / CALL FOR ACTION: Youth Manifesto initiative

Take a look at the Youth Manifesto initiative -

Youth from across Europe have been sharing their ideas - and resources - online on what they would like to see from the internet of the future.

Children and students are asked to be active and participate - there's a chance you could even win a trip to Brussels to present your ideas to European policy makers!

There are two ways to get involved with the Youth Manifesto initiative:
  • The first is to contribute with your ideas on what would make a better internet to help to create the Youth Manifesto. You can also vote on the proposals of others;
  • The second is to create and share a resource or several resources expressing your ideas for a better internet in the resource competition. Six winners will be selected to travel to Brussels to present their ideas to European decision makers.

August 31, 2014

NEWS: Children’s Media Summit issues draft declaration

Organisers of the forthcoming World Summit on Media for Children in Malaysia have drawn up a draft for a Declaration on Empowering Children in 21st Century, which they hope delegates will discuss and acclaim by the end of proceedings on 10 September.

The document is still in its draft form and there will be many opportunities during the Summit to discuss and perhaps amend it to best reflect the expertise of delegates and their commitment to carrying the work of the three-day Summit beyond the event itself into the future. 

The Declaration attempts to both state certain overarching principles to guide media for children into 21st Century and also to suggest practical ways in which these aspirations can be put into action.

The 7th WSMC with the theme Media for 21st Century Children will take place in Kuala Lumpur from 8-10 September 2014.

Organised by the ABU and the WSMC Foundation and hosted by Radio Television Malaysia (RTM), organisers expect more than 1,000 producers, broadcasters, media regulators, educators and community leaders committed to the improvement of quality media for children.

The summit will provide unique opportunities for networking, debates and workshops on content for program creators, educators, policy makers, digital media innovators and people working in the field of childhood development. It will celebrate children's creativity and development through media and will focus on quality content and the role and meaning of education in a globalised modern media environment.

It will also be a chance for media professionals to see how children see the media, use technologies and envisage their future.

More information and registration details can be obtained here.


August 29, 2014

EVENTS: Children’s Media Conference launches London event (UK)

The organisers of the annual Children's Media Conference are launching a new event, the The CMC Rights Exchange, which will take place in London later this year.

The event will bring together literary agents, children's TV, animation and film companies and children's interactive, games and app producers.

"As the old model of licensing published content is being superseded by new forms of partnership or service delivery models, there needs to be a forum to understand, explore and negotiate those new relationships," said Greg Childs, editorial director of the CMC.

Speakers have yet to be confirmed for the Rights Exchange, which will take place on November 7. The original, annual, CMC event takes place in Sheffield in July.


NEWS: OneMinutesJr workshop in The Gambia

UNICEF Deputy Country representative and acting head of office Rupert Leighton has said the Oslo Challenge was put in place in 1999 to seek answers on how to give children access to the media, how to provide them with media education and literacy and how to ensure they benefit from full participation in the media.

Mr Leighton was speaking at the opening ceremony of a five-day training on the oneminuteJr workshop on child rights and protection issues, organised by Young People in the Media, UNICEF and the Department of Information Services held at Mansakonko, Lower River Region.

The training brought together children from all over the country to participate in the five-day training that would also serve to empower adolescents on basic skills in the film making conduct interviews with other children in the various communities to obtain materials for the development of the 60 seconds videos.

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and there is more on the UNICEF Gambia facebook pages

August 22, 2014

BLOGS: Photography for storytelling (VOY)

by Thamara Kandabada for VOY

I had the pleasure of attending an event organised by UNICEF Sri Lanka today. I did a photo-post earlier inviting enthusiasts to attend the event, themed #Photography for storytelling, which was in fact a continuation of the #Y4C (Youth for Children) Dialogue. The event featured a line-up of interesting speakers, passionate undertakers of the art of photography, who delivered remarks and personal stories on various aspects of photography.

The event also highlighted a promo of the #CiF(Children in Focus) photography competition, which is a joint initiative of UNICEF Sri Lanka,Metropolitan and Rotaract Shutterbug (a project by the Rotaract Club of Panadura, Sri Lanka).

As such, the event addressed an audience of youth activists and enthusiasts from diverse backgrounds - Rotaractors, journalists, bloggers, Instagram-ers, Tweeps among many others.

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EVENTS: Teenage News Takeover

News publishers around the world are being invited to give over control of the day's news offer to teenagers for at least one day during November 2014.

The idea of this project is to encourage news companies around the world to hand over some editorial and creative control to young people sometime during the month of November, even if only for one edition.

The World Teenage News Takeover is a hands-on way to teach today’s youth about both the business and art of the news production process, while simultaneously serving as a community engagement tool and acting as still another occasion to teach newsroom staff about youth. Doing it in many countries within the same month makes the message global: that news publishers actively engage the young in ways that enhance news literacy and that make news staff really listen to the youth voice.
Outcomes from the initiative will be revealed in front of an audience at a major WAN-IFRA industry event in 2015.