CHILD IN NEWS

Media Analysis and scanning of media reports on violation of child rights and initiation of corrective actions by the concerned authorities; highlighting reports on best practices and case studies on good developments. Karnataka Child Rights Observatory sends a email news bulletin to the stake holders to highlight the situation of children as reported in various print media. The emails are reaching NGOs, legislators, support agencies, media houses, and academic institutions and other interested groups and individuals.

What is Child-in-News?

Child in news analysis is an intense scrutiny to high light the children issues in various papers and the importance of each in connection with the Child Rights.
Focused on collecting, enlisting and compiling news reports of selected publications on children’s issues under various categories of Child Rights and disseminates the information to KCRO networks.

Objectives of Child–in–News:

  • To highlight the media importance on children’s issues.
  • To tabulate all types of news related to children issues within Karnataka.
  • WTo provide a basis for motivating the media to cover more number of children’s issues than now.
  • WTo provide a basis for motivating the media to cover more number of children’s issues than now.
  • To create awareness among society through the analysis.
  • To activate the KCRO network to use analysis as an advocacy tool along with the media and to lobby with the Government to protect Child Rights.

Media Workshops:

Every child has rights. Educating the public on this fact is absolutely necessary to protect Child Rights and bring changes in the conditions and situation in which children of India are in. This education process is possible if we can reach out to various communities, organizations, individuals and systems. To conduct this process in an effective manner media support is imminent. In this context Karnataka Child Rights Observatory is organizing workshops for media representatives in select districts and has also initiated for Child Rights. The ongoing media watch carried out by KCRO is catering to the needs of social workers, activists, legal personnel, government officials, commissions, universities, writers and media personnel themselves. In pursuing its efforts to reach out to several other media personnel and thereby to the needy children, KCRO is proposing to conduct a series of workshops on Media and Child Rights in select districts of Karnataka.
These child rights centered one day workshops would be providing a set up for discussions on the importance of Child rights, situation of children from global to local level, various acts related to upholding rights of children and various schemes related to children and also creates a stage to analyze why priority has to be given to children’s issues in various mass media. Target group covers media representatives (Kannada and other languages including English), representatives from local, state and national media reporters, resident editors, bureau chiefs, stringers and freelancers. Till now KCRO is successful in conducting eight workshops covering all four divisions of Karnataka.

Objectives:

  • Sharing analysis of coverage on children’s issues by select print media.
  • Encouraging media representatives to develop special columns in newspapers on Child Rights issues.
  • Motivating the media representatives to provide more space for Child Rights based stories, poems, articles, interviews, discussions etc., as well write for children
  • Orienting media representatives to use child friendly words and to avoid derogatory or words that violate child rights.
  • Orienting about the proposed ‘KCRO Child Rights Media fellowship’s
  • Seeking help from media to utilize the analysis of childinnews@gmail.com as an advocacy tool to reach the Government.

Strategies:

  • Organizing Media workshop in 2 districts, collaborating with KCRO member organization in the district.
  • Inviting a senior media person from the district to inaugurate and a resource either from an university or media education college
  • KCRO team members to conduct the workshop
  • Providing ample material with UNICEF guidelines on media reporting on children’s issues.
  • Follow up for media coverage

Implementation / Activities:

  • A brief presentation on Child Rights
  • Situational analysis of children – global, nation, state and district
  • Brainstorming about issues related to children
  • Relating to MDG and other plans – national and state
  • Coverage of children’s issues in media – childinnews@gmail.com analysis
  • Media guidelines to report about children – Press Council of India and UNICEF
  • Need for authentic and wide coverage of children’s issues in media
  • KCRO Child Rights Media Fellowship – plans, programmes and proposals

Outcome:

  • Media representatives show interest in taking up Media fellowship.
  • Media personnel get an idea on various stories to be written about children’s issues and there by reaching out to the general public.
  • Child Rights issues will get maximum media coverage.
  • Various publications will have quality outputs on Child Rights based articles and Usage of Child friendly words will be initiated in all publications.
  • Every year Journalists/writers will be awarded for best articles of Children in coordination with Media academy and KCRO. (To be explored)
  • Coverage on children’s issues in various publications will initiate qualitative discussions on Child rights in Visual Media and media students

Media Fellowship:

A unique programme to encourage media representatives and freelancers to create a regular space in newspapers on Child Rights issues. It’s also a motivation to publish child rights based stories, articles, interviews, discussions to uphold child rights. UNICEF & KCRO Child Rights Media Fellowship provides field based contacts to writers for information collection, investigation and to analyze the situation of children to bring a positive change. KCRO has stepped forward to conduct a series of workshops on Media and Child Rights in selected districts of Karnataka and thereby encouraging media personnel to be part of the KCRO Child Rights Fellowship.

Strategies:

  • Jury committees with five eminent personalities were formed – suggested members include senior media persons, writers and network members of KCRO.
  • Press releases and announcements were made to reach media houses.
  • Child Rights issues will get maximum media coverage.
  • Nominations were received through media houses (newspapers and magazines), with a commitment to publish the articles/reports prepared by the nominated journalists/writers/freelancers to publish at least five articles in the stipulated period
  • Juries selected ten individuals on the basis of published articles (five each) for fellowship to be awarded.
  • Selected fellows would be awarded a cash prize/fellowship with a commitment to write on the issue in the subsequent period (at least one year).

Implementation / Activities:

  • A brief presentation on Child Rights
  • Situational analysis of children – global, nation, state and district
  • Brainstorming about issues related to children
  • Relating to MDG and other plans – national and state
  • Coverage of children’s issues in media – childinnews@gmail.com analysis
  • Media guidelines to report about children – Press Council of India and UNICEF
  • Need for authentic and wide coverage of children’s issues in media
  • KCRO Child Rights Media Fellowship – plans, programmes and proposals