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"As the old model of licensing published content is being superseded by new forms of partnership or service delivery models, there needs to be a forum to understand, explore and negotiate those new relationships," said Greg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

August 19, 2014

OPPORTUNITIES: Movie Moves Youth Training

The Educational Center Krusevac, a non profit organization promoting civil society trough life long non formal education, is organizing the training course “Movie Moves Youth”.

The training course will be held in Serbia from the 5th to the 13th of October 2014, gathering 30 participants from 10 countries. The overall aim of the training is to develop competences of youth workers/leaders in using video as a tool for working with peace building issues.

August 15, 2014

EVENTS: Experts gathering for children’s media summit

World experts on children and media will lead two days of panel discussions and workshops next month when Asia hosts its first ever World Summit on Media for Children.

The 7th WSMC with the theme Media for 21st Century Children will take place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 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.

August 14, 2014

ARTICLES: 3 Reasons Children Need A Video Game Vacation And 1 Reason They Don't

Our fondness for digital connectivity exists in parallel to our skeptical apprehension. We’re tortured by our own anxiety. These days, most adults spend the majority of their time staring at screens. We use laptops, tablets, and smartphones. So-called ‘digital literacy’ is a prerequisite to professional success. However, folks also regularly post social media updates lauding the bliss that comes with the experience of temporary disconnection.

When it comes to our children we are equally conflicted. We project our ambivalence into our parenting conventions. On the one hand, we recognize the importance of a familiarity with screen based interactions. On the other hand, we worry that if they mediate their entire experience through a virtual interface they will lose the ability to relate to the physical world.

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August 13, 2014

OPPORTUNITIES / INTERNSHIPS: Digital Strategy Internship (Fall 2014)

Digital Strategy Internship (Fall 2014)

Deadline: 5 September, 2014 

Terms of Reference: Read more about this internship by Clicking here

Interested candidates are requested to submit a letter of interest, a complete UN P-11 form, an up-to-date university transcript, a proof of current enrolment in undergraduate or graduate programme, and Letter of recommendation to Mr Dale Rutstein, Chief of Communication, on

The subject of the email should indicate: Digital Strategy Internship (Fall 2014).


August 6, 2014

EVENTS: Youth Media Summit 2014 (UK)

This is happening today! Find out more at

On 6 August we are hosting the biggest Youth Media event the UK has ever seen – in partnership with the BFI. We have over 450 delegates representing 150 youth media platforms and over 40 mainstream.   We hope our passion and enthusiasm for young people making media is contagious. Every day we get to meet and work with the most dynamic creative’s, often battling against all odds to create professional, beautiful looking media and as Lord Putnam emphasises has ‘been undervalued for too long’.

The time is now to connect together and take our power and influence to make a positive difference. The youth media industry, in the UK is amongst the most thriving in the world and we want the YOUTH MEDIA SUMMIT 2014 to celebrate the innovation and potential.