MISA and Save the Children to host regional awards in Zambia

MISA Statement
Wednesday 27 November, 2013

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On Friday 29 November 2013, the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) and Save the Children International will host the second annual Regional Children’s Reporting Awards at 1800hrs at the Taj Pamodzi hotelin Lusaka, Zambia.

MISA Regional Director, Ms Zoe Titus, said “the aim of the awards is to promote examples of high quality reporting in the region that give a voice to children’s issues and rights and provide accurate, informed and knowledgeable reporting in line with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of a Child.”

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The awards form part of a broader project, implemented jointly by MISA and Save the Children, to create opportunities and safe spaces for the production of children’s media; the sensitisation of journalists on child rights; the development of codes of ethics for reporting of children’s issues and rights; and the promotion of fair, honest and accurate reporting on the experience of childhood. “MISA values the need to empower the media and support them as they confront issues affecting development in southern African societies, and the treatment of children is one of those issues,” Ms Titus said.

Listening to students at Sifundzani High School: MISA-Swaziland combined youth discussions with journalist training for the Save the Children project

Before the ceremony, journalists from the participating countries and MISA Information and Research Officers will tour MUVI TV, Zambia’s first privately owned television station, established in 2004. The station is child-centered, focusing its coverage on children’s issues and involving children in the production of its content. During the tour, MUVI TV will share its experiences, challenges and prospects for the expansion of child-centered media content within southern Africa.

Four winners will be announced during Friday’s ceremony, one in each category of print news; print feature; radio; and photography and winners will receive prizes valued at US$1000 each.

Adjudicators and MISA staff noted a marked increase in entries compared to 2012 when the awards were first launched. MISA’s Children and the media coordinator, Koliwe Majama, said “We are pleased to be seeing more and more good examples of children’s rights reporting in the region, and we look forward to even more entries next year. It is a sign that MISA and Save the Children are building the capacity of journalists in the region to report ethically and responsibly on these issues.”

Attendees at the ceremony will include officials from the Zambian Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Services and Ministry of Community of Development, Mother and Child Health; funding partners; child rights activists; and media practitioners from across the region.

For more information regarding the awards contact, Children and the Media Coordinator, Koliwe Majama via email on koliwe@misazim.co.zw

Click on the below links to view MISA-Swaziland’s training and research for the Save the Children project

‘MISA listens to students, trains journalists’

‘Students meet the media in Swaziland’

‘Learning from the children: MISA and Save the Children media training’

‘Media must respect and protect children, says Swazi journalist’

Youth voice absent in Swazi media — MISA research

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