Story telling comes of age
Digital stories are short personal multimedia pieces made using computers and other digital equipment. To begin, all you need is a story idea - you don’t need to be a computer expert or have any previous experience in the creative arts.
UNESCO Director-General condemns murder of Russian jounalist Ilya Zimin
The Director-General of UNESCO, Koďchiro Matsuura, today condemned the murder of Ilya Zimin, a reporter for NTV television, in Moscow on February 26.
Afghanistan gets new media law
Afghanistan’s new law on mass media was launched last week in Kabul by the Minister of Information Culture and Tourism, Said Makhtoum Raheen.
IMARK launches new e-learning module
FAO on behalf of the Information Management Resource Kit (IMARK) Steering Group announces the release of the latest IMARK e-learning module "Investing in Information for Development".
Workshop on awareness-raising in disaster management in Sri Lanka
"Culturally adaptive communication programmes should be developed in case of disaster", declared the participants of a UNESCO supported workshop on Awareness-Raising in Disaster Management in Sri Lanka last week.
New media resources website for New Zealand launched
A new webservice with resources and information about New Zealand media was recently launched with the support of the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO.
UNESCO launches this year's "Women Make the News" initative
UNESCO calls on the media worldwide to hand over editorial responsibility to women at International Women’s Day on 8 March and to participate in the global initiative “Women Make the News” 2006.
Annan to establish International Forum in Internet Governance
Following up on an agreement reached on the contentious topic of internet governance at the November World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in Tunis, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has decided to start creating a forum for a more inclusive dialogue on internet policy.
Indian Newspaper Malayala Manorama wins IPDC-UNESCO Prize for Rural Communication
The IPDC Bureau awarded the 2005 IPDC-UNESCO Prize for Rural Communication, to the Indian daily newspaper Malayala Manorama (circulation: 1.4 million copies).
IPDC Bureau provides funding to 41 new media projects in developing countries
UNESCO’s International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC) allocated over US$ 850,000 to 41 media projects in developing countries at the 49th Meeting of its Bureau which took place at UNESCO Headquarters on February 27 – 1 March 2006.
Maldives nurtures TV talents
Two weeks, two trainers and a class of 12 are the magic numbers that featured in a recent UNESCO sponsored television news production course in the Maldives.
Voice from the Pacific Grassroots: pactoc.telecentre.org
Community telecentre project operators from around the Pacific have launched a regional online community website to support and develop the telecentre movement in the Pacific. The Pacific Telecentre Online Community (PacTOC) gives a voice to grassroots telecentre projects, so they can share experience and expertise with each other and the world.
Director-General condemns murder of TV crew members Atwar Bahjat, Adnan Khairallah and Khaled Mohsen in Iraq
The Director-General of UNESCO, Koďchiro Matsuura, today condemned the murder of a 3-person television crew of Al Arabiya television in Samarra on 22 February.
Solomon Islands Government launches official website
The Solomon Islands Government has now launched its official website – www.pmc.gov.sb - with assistance from UNESCO in an effort to enhance its services and to promote transparent and effective government.
UNESCO Director-General opens the first consultation meeting of WSIS Action Line Facilitators
Mr Koďchiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO, opened with Mr Yoshio Utsumi, Secretary-General of ITU, and Ms Odile Sorgho-Moulinier, Director of the UNDP Office in Geneva, the first consultation meeting on the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Action Line Facilitators in Geneva, last Friday.
African Web Survey Project presented at UNESCO
African Web Survey Project, designed by the Language Observatory at Nagaoka University of Technology (Japan) in order to measure linguistic diversity of African languages in the digital world, was presented at UNESCO during the week on Multilingualism.
UNESCO publishes handbook on gender, conflict and journalism
A handbook on “Gender, Conflict and Journalism” for mid-career journalists in South Asia and elsewhere, where journalists’ choices are made when framing a conflict story, is now available in hard copy, CD-ROM and online.
Two new Austrian heritage items on Memory of the World Register
In an impressive ceremony yesterday in the Brahmssaal of the Wiener Musikverein in Vienna, Austria, the Collection of Gothic Architectural Drawings and the Brahms Collection were formally added to UNESCO's Memory of the World Register.
New external evaluation hails IPDC reforms
"Significant and impressive changes have taken place within the IPDC since the 2002 evaluation" state Helge Rřnning and Kristin Orgeret from the Media and Communication Department of Oslo University who have just completed an evaluation of the reforms of UNESCO's International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC).
Internet Governance Forum to tackle broad range of topics, UN Official says
The Internet Governance Forum to be convened later this year will take up such issues as cybercrime, multilingualism and enhancing the role of the Internet as a tool for development, a United Nations official said end of last week.
Director-General condemns murder of Ecuadorian journalists, José Luis León Desiderio and Saúl Suárez Sandoval
The Director-General of UNESCO, Koďchiro Matsuura, today condemned the assassination of radio journalist José Luis León Desiderio and freelance photographer Saúl Suárez Sandoval, both shot dead in the city of Guayaquil in southwestern Ecuador on 13 and 14 February respectively.
UNESCO supports e-governance project in the Caribbean
UNESCO, in collaboration with the Caribbean Centre for the Development Administration (CARICAD), and the United Nations Department for Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) launches a series of electronic governance related capacity development activities in Caribbean.
University of the West Indies and UNESCO launch science-media project
The pilot phase of a science and media project was recently launched in the Caribbean with the production of three short 10-minute films and seven one-minute spots on HIV/AIDS through a partnership between the University of the West Indies (UWI) and UNESCO.
A manual on "How to Create a Website" published by UNESCO
UNESCO’s orientation in providing intellectual inputs into any endeavours is manifested in the manual “How to create a website: Guiding Principles”. Available in hard copy and CD-ROM, it provides guidelines based on lessons learned and good practices.
Mobilizing Caribbean journalists for Education for All
Some 15 journalists from seven Eastern Caribbean States participated in a two-day workshop on Education for All that took place in February 2006 in Saint Lucia.
UNESCO and CBA launch Guidelines for Broadcast Regulations
UNESCO in collaboration with the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association (CBA) launches a handbook for Guidelines for Broadcasting Regulators in New Delhi today, on the eve of CBA General Conference.
A közkönyvtári szolgálat: az IFLA és az UNESCO fejlesztési irányelvei
The Hungarian version of the 2001 "Public Library Service: IFLA/UNESCO Guidelines for Development" a text to provide assistance to librarians to develop an effective public library service meeting the needs of their local community is now available.
Librarians trained to service very young children in Lebanon
45 book experts and librarians from all parts of Lebanon participated recently in a training workshop in UNESCO’s Office in Beirut to be introduced to public library services for children up to three years old.
UNESCO supports African documentaries on environment and ecosystems
A DVD with documentaries on environmental challenges was recently released by the International Radio and TV University (URTI). It includes the UNESCO supported film “Nomadic Village”, a bronze medal winner of the 2005 Monte-Carlo TV Festival.
Colombian Computadores para Educar Programme presented to nine countries via videoconferencing
Three videoconferences on the use of ICT in education organized by the Computadores para Educar Programme of the Ministry of Communications of Colombia with financial support by UNESCO recently connected persons in charge of ICT in education of nine Spanish-speaking countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.