Saturday, 7 August 2010


After a week full of activity, the World Summit on Media for Children and Youth came to an end with a bang, with the newly formed Global Youth Media Council presented the findings of their week-long talks and recommendations.

The week saw the UK representatives helping to facilitate and take part in the Global Youth Media Council which came up with 6 recommendations for a fairer global media including increased media literacy, e-safety and a call for a more socially responsive media.

'We made a video, animation, logo and website in the space of a few hours!'

Alongside these recommendations, the GYMC also produced a press release, a logo, a website, a video and an animation to help convey their message and spread the word. This was an unbelievable achievement in just 48 hours! You can check out all the latest content and news from at the GYMC blog including the remarkable feedback and great endorsements we had, including Lord David Puttnam signing our petition.

The animation produced by young people from around the world based on one the recommendations put forward by the GYMC

Thursday, 17 June 2010


The UKYMC yesterday got a tour of Karlstad via boat courtesy of the young people from the Swedish Youth Media Council.

UKYMC member, Tom Webb, and others relax riverside after a long day at the World Summit.

UNICEF representative and quotas

Today at the summit, we talked to Karen Cirillo, Executive Producer of Children’s Broadcasting Initiatives at UNICEF in New York. Her “controversial idea” for the Global Youth Media Council is that the media should have quotas to ensure a variety of voices are presented to the public.

"We need more diversity in media. It doesn’t have to be, ‘Oh, this is a show about an immigrant’ – it’s a show about a family, which who just happen to be immigrants…”

Karen sat on a panel discussing Human Rights and Intercultural Dialogue: How Media Literacy increases awareness of differences and develops respect for the others.


The final 6 issues were decided today and then a range of recommendations were put forward by the group to help help solve these problems. This process was done through a series of fun group activities and brainstorming sessions. This made the process very fun but also allowed for some very creative and innovative responses.

The photos above are the group's initials brainstorms.

UN representative believes Fox, BBC and Al-Jazzeria should work together

Today at the summit, we talked to Jordi Torrent, Head of UN Alliance for Civilizations, USA, after his presentation on Media Literacy.

“Growing up, I was very interested in The Prisoner…I grew up in Franco’s Spain where censorship was very strong, so any media that was opening your horizons was welcoming…”

His recommendation for the Global Youth Media Council was for CNN, Fox, BBC, France La Monde, Al Jazeera etc to work together to provide an international TV show for young people. Jordi discussed how the AOC has been connecting and providing a platform for various international organisations, with the aim of providing the very best and latest media literacy articles. The AOC is also one of the first organisations to provide translations of articles on media literacy from English to Arabic.

Jordi is also promoting Plural+, an international film platform for young people. Plural+ is a great starting point for aspiring film makers: numerous organisations offer a variety of prizes (including the chance to be part of a Sundance Film Festival workshop) and the best films are released internationally as a DVD.

Interview and text by Richard Lemmer


Australian Youth Council travelled 30 hours to be here in Karlstad for the World Summit. Here they are featured on the World Summit Daily News.

Wednesday, 16 June 2010


Today marked the first of four sessions to be held for Global Youth Media Council at the World Summit, held at the magnificent 'pod' building at Karlstad University

30 young people from 10 different countries gathered for the Global Youth Media Council

As a result, the young people discussed and decided on a set of main issues regarding children, young people and the media.