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Journalism, Media and socio-cultural communication
In 2008, DIT was commissioned by UNICEF Regional Office for Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CEE/CIS) to develop curriculum training materials for journalism and professional communications departments in CEE/CIS on the subject of Journalism and Children’s Rights. Reform and modernisation of the curriculum of journalism schools in the region is recognised as the most effective means of ensuring a responsible media. The project objective is to embed at source the concept of children’s rights among students of journalism/media/communications for specific implementation in relevant media training schools of the CEE/CIS.The educational materials developed are intended to provide an understanding of children’s rights as articulated in the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child, and develop among trainee journalists news reporting skills that encompass the rights of the children in all matters relating to children’s participation in the media. The project is led by Michael Foley, Noirin Hayes, and by Brian O’Neill. The project builds on DIT’s extensive experience of media and journalism development projects in Eastern Europe, particularly in partnership with BBC World Service Trust.
Foley, M. Hayes, N. and O’Neill, B. Children’s Rights and Journalism Practice: A Rights-Based Perspective. Dublin Institute of Technology/UNICEF. http://elearning-events.dit.ie/unicef/index.htm