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#422888 - 11/22/11 08:57 AM Journalists Get Training In Children's Issues
Marty Offline
And while prospective call center employees are learning about being BPO specialists, today journalists were learning about the rights of the child.

It's a training being offered by UNICEF Belize and the University of The West Indies for journalists from all over the country. The idea behind is that the news very often cuts across children's issues particularly child exploitation. UNICEF and UWI feel that poor journalism adds to the indignity of children.

And so, this three day training, facilitated by Holly Edgell and Janelle Chanona, is being held to sensitize the media to children's issues. Edgell who is a highly accomplished Belizean American Journalist explained:..

Holly Edgell
"The first thing is we are trying to give the journalist some actual information and data the situation of children in Belize and youth. Children being under 12 and youth being 13-19. So we are getting a lot of really good information about the conditions and the life of children in Belize. The second part is really tying that into how Belize journalist and media houses deal with children in their coverage and programming. They provide specific examples of how to cover situations where children are victims of crime or witnesses to crime. How not to cause more harm in a situation that good. How to not identify victims of things like incest and other really terrible crimes where the child's protection, privacy and safety are really more important than sensational value of the story. I always ask the question; just because I can do something should I? And I think that's the bottom line for journalist in Belize as well. Just because the possibility of doing certain kind of new story or interview exists, is it in the best interest of the child, a parent, a society to do it that way?"

The training finishes on Wednesday.

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#422889 - 11/22/11 08:59 AM Re: Journalists Get Training In Children's Issues [Re: Marty]
Marty Offline

UNICEF sponsors workshop for Belizean journalists

UNICEF held a capacity building workshop for Belizean journalists.. UNICEF believes that the stories run involving children as victims can better reported on. Poor journalism, according to the organization, further adds to the indignity of the children who have been abused. To strengthen and improve the skills, knowledge and ethics of the media in Belize, UNICEF is hosting a three day workshop. Communications officer for UNICEF is Anna Hoare.

Anna Hoare, Communications Officer, UNICEF
We are aiming to really build knowledge and build the skills of journalist to ensure that they do proper reporting of children issues, because normally you see that we report about children, but sometimes we are not sensitive about what we are reporting. So this three day workshop will really build on their knowledge and their skill and enable them to follow the ethical guidelines that are required to do good reporting as it relates to children issues and their rights. I believe that we see poor reporting all the time and therefore we are having this workshop to ensure that journalists receive the proper training, because sometimes they donít know how to do proper reporting.

American journalist, Holly Edgell, is one of the two facilitators. She explained that Belizean journalists need to come together and set standards.

Holly Edgell, Facilitator
The first thing is that we are trying to give the journalists some actual information and data about the situation of children and youth in Belize - children being under twelve and youth being thirteen to nineteen. So we are getting a lot of really good information about the conditions and life of children in Belize. The second part is really tying that into how Belizean journalists and media houses deal with children in their coverage and programming. So looking at the situation in Belize with regards to programming and how news stories depict children and comparing that with international standards, both from the region and other parts of the world, so that we can get a sense of where Belize stands in its coverage of children. In addition to that, we really want to talk about how Belizean journalists can get together as a group and create their own standards so that media in Belize can really approach coverage of youth and children as well as other issues with ethical practices and a good basis of understanding what is right and what is best for coverage.

The training ends on Wednesday.


#422902 - 11/22/11 10:05 AM Re: Journalists Get Training In Children's Issues [Re: Marty]
Mary1220 Offline
I think there is a place for UNICEF but be aware they do not support adoptions and do not support people leaving their own culture even if that means they will die. Do not give UNICEF money. International Adoptions are down 60% due to their efforts to stop adoption of orphans. Even the Washington Post has documented that UNICEF does not support adoption. http://communities.washingtontimes.com/n...national-adopt/
"UNICEF does not support inter-country adoption."
child trafficking is a crime and should be punished but adoption of an orphan is a way for a child to have a forever family. We should not punish the children that need homes let them be adopted and punish those who break laws.
Be aware UNICEF likes to come in to counties spread money to spread their beliefs.


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