1. I have been working on my article for the project and different things come to mind. Children and young people represented in media could be in terms of children’s programmes on television like cartoons, shows on air for children teaching morals, debates or how the young people can take up roles in the media like writing articles, news reporting and all that. Kindly clarify?

You can approach the summit project in any way that you feel most comfortable with but ensure it relates to children or young people.

2. How many participants should I include in my team and what ages would you prefer?

The number of participants are totally up to you just make sure members are children and/or teenagers or young adults.

3. In case of a one-on-one discussion or interview with each member, how can I present it?

Presentation is also up to you, you could invite them for a discussion (it doesn’t matter if it is at abe igi or your sitting room), you can send questions and answers online or via email, you can have a Facebook page/note and have respondents.

4. What time duration do I have for the project to be packaged?

You have two months from the date I sent the mail. I will still have to package everything we have and send to the organisers by October, November.

5. To prepare a worksheet, you can have a form with heading/theme, write an introduction or summary and then have questions and spaces folks can fill-in. It is similar to survey only here the questions are open ended to allow comment and opinions.

6. I would love to write an article so if I write one, would I still put together a team?

If your preference is for an article, you could do an interview or speak to others so the article is written as a journalistic report or feature story. You don’t require a team.

7. What if one of my team members is abroad and we communicate via email, what kind of proof would be needed in that respect.

The proof you need for online interviews and other interviews is name, age and accessible email contact, also pictures especially from your group discussion or one-on-one interviews.

8. Does it mean every member of my team would be attending the World Media Summit for discussions in Karlstad?

NO. Members of the team will not be attending the conference except they are willing to sponsor one of the team members. Their participation is to strengthen your on participation. What is submitted by all the participants i.e. those of you on my own team will be packaged and sent by me to strengthen our request for team participation.

9. What role would you be playing on the team if I would serve as the Global Youth Coordinator?

I am the team lead (overall coordinator) and consultant. You and others on my team are acting on behalf of Willows Magazine.

10. Are we also going to go under the umbrella of the Willows Magazine?

Yes you will be attending as part of the Willows Magazine/Cares Global Network team.


3 comments on “FAQ

  1. Can any member of our team discuss the first question presently being discussed on Facebook(I can’t find the link) or the knowledge should be reserved for our own project? When you talked about how the question has been rephrased, does it mean the question (How are children and young people represented in the Nigeria media?) is the same question as “What kind of national and international sources for information and material do you have access to in your country/region and how are children and youth represented in these sources?

  2. Yes, feel free to discuss the question with your own group on Facebook. You need not join the present discussion. The question was rephrased bearing in mind the other two questions we are looking at as part of the Youth Council. Feel free to create your own question without going outside the subject of media for young people.

  3. A member of the the Nigeria Youth Council (Mmedia Advocacy group) I sought the opinion of those involved with media on some of the key issues we are looking at as part of our preparation for Karstad 2010. The questionnaire focussed on the three major questions and were administerd as open ended questions to children and adults. I have summed up their responses below:

    How are children and young people represented in the media?

    From twenty people comprising of adult and children, none of them agreed that children/young ones are well represented in the media. I’ll focus on 4 for the first issue.

    Mr. Hassan Balogun:
    Children are not well represented as they are often presented as street kids, beggars and less often as successful beings. Though it’s a reflection of the general society, but the media should celebrate the young ones more as role models.

    Health Editor (National Newspaper):
    I cannot deny the fact that the media isn’t representing the young ones well. In reporting every story, the media should reflect how it affects the children.

    Goldmark Owoola (F, 14):
    Children are not well represented because most programmes that affect young ones like malaria awareness, child labour etc are fully organized by adults for adults but children are marginalized by not being invited to the programmes. This is despite the fact that children learn faster than adults and don’t forget things easily.

    The media (print and television) seem to be concentrating on schools and children of the rich, whereas there are many children in the localities to be tapped and show cased.

    Only a few of them can pin point any child star as those ones they know are now grown up and they are there but are not known. All of these are because the media isn’t doing enough for the children.

    How do I want children and young people to be represented?

    Media should show case the talents in the localities and concentrate less on the children of the rich like what Dufil, maker of Indomie Noodles is doing by giving awards to kid heroes.

    Children should be represented as successful child-star, role models, and achievers like the concept of “One-Day Governor” in Lagos state. This is to encourage more children to aspire to greatness.

    Media should take into consideration young ones perspectives; let them have a voice for themselves and not necessarily what the media want for them.

    Give them enough time and space to air their views just as the adults are given enough time in the media.
    Discover or look at young ones’ talent and interest and nurture it to grow

    Invite children to events where they can voice their opinions, no matter how good or childish it may be, adults too can learn from a child’s view because children confide in themselves more than adult.

    How can the vision of a better representation for children be achieved?

    Media should increase airtime and programmes relating to young ones in the electronic media and the pages of children in the print should be increased.

    Individuals, government and non governmental organization, manufacturers should be more involved in sponsoring children’s programme.

    Media should review their programme/editorial content as it affects children by devoting 70% of the content on positive coverage of children matter.

    The National Assembly should speed up the passage of the “Child Right Bill” which is meant to address the challenges facing young ones.

    Child rape should be life imprisonment and should not be bailable.

    Media should focus more positive aspect of the young ones by giving more attention to children as successful and ambitious members of the society with specific examples of children role models in various fields of endeavour.

    Media should give children space to air their views on issues concerning them and the nation. You would be surprised at what you will hear about the issues affecting children. Though young, children are full of wisdom and insights.

    Get children involved very early in life. Let them follow adults to meaningful events like Art exhibition, Health Conferences, Community Workshops etc where practicable.

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