Thursday, 17 June 2010
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.
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…”
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.
Tuesday, 15 June 2010
Monday, 14 June 2010
Thursday, 10 June 2010
The World Summit on Media for Children and Youth takes place in Karlstad, Sweden, June 14th-18th, and will see over 1,500 media experts and young people from across the world debate and produce recommendations for the better representation and involvement in the media.
Adrian Mills, Head of Business & Planning of BBC Children's said, "Young people have a lot to say about, and contribute to, the media that forms such an important part of their lives. A UK Youth Media Council is a great way to facilitate that."
The UK Youth Media Council will recommend an International Children and Youth Media Day, having children and young people involved in commissioning TV for them and increasing the number of children and young people who write for national newspapers and will campaign for also want better media literacy to be taught in all primary schools to address safeguarding children on the internet and control cyber bullying.
One of the things the UK will be campaigning about is better opportunities for young people in the mainstream media and promoting organisations such as the Youth-led Media Network and encouraging similar things on a global scale
The council will be keeping everyone updated on this blog and on our facebook page, plus feel free to email us!