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By Funmi Ajumobi,  reporting from Karlstad Sweden

KARLSTAD— MEDIA practitioners and non-governmental organisations, NGOs, have been advised to partner on an all-inclusive journalism that would allow for better representation of youths and children.

Speaking on behalf of children and youths at the on-going International Children’s Media Panel in Karlstad, Sweden, Uma Akther, a youth activist and member of the Global Youth Council from the United Kingdom, said, “Children from all around the world came up with six major issues affecting young people and all the six relates to media.”

This shows young people are expecting a lot from journalists, producers and everyone involved in creating media for young people.

It was interesting to note that while the young people on the panel believed that journalists have not done enough, journalists in the audience were of the opinion that young people should show appreciation for the much that has been done and NGOs should seek fresh partnerships; partnerships that seek to understand the constrains and challenges faced by journalists and find new ways to solve them.

One of the ways suggested by Ms.Omolola Famuyiwa of the Cares Global Network (Nigeria) is for NGOs to seek out journalists and producers who are passionate about working with children and use the funds at their disposal to train such journalists and producers.

These journalists would in turn take ownership and go the extra mile for advocating  issues relating to youths and clamour for better media for children.

Similarly, Mats Hemberg of the Newspaper in Education, Sweden, shared experience of how his team positively affected the reading culture by generating content from children.

According to Hemberg, “This newspaper project gives parents and families an opportunity to participate in school work and allows children to get more involved and interested in the world around them and at the same time make them realise that reading newspaper is fun.


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