Youth Media Reporter

March 1, 2002

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Youth Media Reporter
Issue #1 - March 2002

Welcome to the premiere issue of the Youth Media Reporter, an e-mail newsletter sponsored by the Open Society Institute Youth Initiatives program. The Youth Media Reporter will present important information, resources, news and events, best practices, and funding opportunities to people working in the field and others who are interested in learning more about Youth Media. Additionally, every month the YM Reporter will provide a forum to highlight and examine an important Youth Media issue. This month's newsletter focuses on the basic question, "What is Youth Media?"

By reporting on the issues affecting the Youth Media sector, the YM Reporter will contribute to the national media movement, helping connect like-minded but geographically dispersed participants in the Youth Media community.

Since this is a new project, please "help us help you" by e-mailing us your suggestions or news items. And, please, spread the word by forwarding this e-mail to anyone you think would benefit from it.

Thanks and please let us know what you think!

Cliff Hahn, Editor
Youth Media Reporter
Ym-reporter@sorosny.org

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WHAT'S INSIDE. . .

*What's New - What's new in Youth Media
*Spotlight - An inside look at Youth Media groups
*Issue of the Month - Q & A with Youth Media practitioners
*Opportunities & Events
*Tools & Resources - Best practices, evaluative tools, more
*Contact Us

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WHAT'S NEW:

THE CHALLENGE OF COVERING YOUTH ISSUES
A FACS content audit and a survey of journalists revealed several deficiencies in the coverage of youth and family issues.
http://www.facsnet.org/issues/specials/youth/youth_index.php3

KIDS CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE ONLINE
What Kids Can Do.Org has an article entitled, "Online Activists - Youth websites serving the public good," which cites a survey of online activism including youth media applications.
http://www.whatkidscando.org/studentwork/onlineactivists.html

YOUTH MEDIA DISTRIBUTION
MediaRights.Org features an excellent article on distribution issues facing youth media groups.
http://www.mediarights.org/news/article.php?art_id=00022

YOUTH MAKING MEDIA, MAKING MOVIES
The National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture (NAMAC) has posted "Youth Making Media, Making Movies." It's an article reviewing a month long online discussion about youth media issues.
http://www.namac.org/Newsletter/fall01/youth.html

THE YOUNGER AMERICANS ACT
The YAA is exciting new legislation that establishes, for the first time, a national policy for youth. Youth media groups could certainly benefit from passage of this Act, opening up possible new government source of funding.
http://www.nydic.org/nydic/YAA.html

View a complete list of What's New items:
http://www.soros.org/youth/whatsnew.htm

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SPOTLIGHT:

Each month, the Youth Media Reporter will shine its Spotlight on three youth media organizations, their work, young people, staff, and plans for the future.

Our first Spotlight shines brightly on Street Level Youth Media in Chicago; Youth Radio in Berkeley, California, and Youth Communication in New York City.
http://www.soros.org/youth/spotlight.htm

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ISSUE OF THE MONTH:

Each month, the YM Reporter will focus on a specific topic in the Youth Media area. We encourage your e-mails with any comments, experiences, or opinions you'd like to see in subsequent issues.

In this issue, we conduct a brief overview of Youth Media by simply asking, "What is Youth Media?"

To get a better understanding of the definition of youth media, the YM Reporter spoke with a few practitioners on the front lines: Lynn Sygiel, Bureau Director of Y Press in Indianapolis; Twilight Greenaway, Editor of Wiretap in San Francisco; Austin Haeberle, Director of Listen Up! in New York; Steve Goodman, Executive Director of the Educational Video Center in New York and Beverly Mire, Deputy Director of Youth Radio in Berkeley, California.
http://www.soros.org/youth/features/article_3_02.htm

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OPPORTUNITIES AND EVENTS:

YOUNG ARTISTS FILMMAKING CAMP
Film/Video Arts, NYC Offers Young Artists Filmmaking Camp. In this four-week 32 hour course, students will be given instruction in basic digital operation, basic lighting set-ups, digital non-linear editing, special effects compositing, and web-based animation.

Students between the ages of 13 and 18 now have an opportunity to learn modern media production with the guidance of a professional mentor. Students will use up-to-date equipment to work on their projects: Sony's VX1000, Sony's TRV900, Apple G4 computer, Final Cut Pro software, After Effects software, and Flash software.

To inquire about scholarships, contact Jon Thorn, Director of Education at mruscito@fva.com
Or visit the Film/Video Arts Web site: http://www.fva.com/education/youth_main.htm

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TOOLS AND RESOURCES:

ACCESSING COMMUNITY MEDIA
Your area's daily newspaper and TV/radio news shows aren't the only options when looking for media outlets in your area.
http://www.media-awareness.ca/eng/med/comm/youth/toolkit/commed.htm

JOURNALISM SCHOLARSHIPS
The American Society of Newspaper Editors provides a comprehensive searchable database of scholarships for High School journalism students.
http://highschooljournalism.org//students/schl_Index.cfm

EVALUATING YOUTH PROGRAMS
PepNet helps youth programs learn what works, document successes, plan improvements, get recognition, and share information.
http://www.nyec.org/pepnet/index.html

A CLOSER LOOK: MEDIA ARTS 2001
The National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture (NAMAC) released "A Closer Look: Media Arts 2001." NAMAC explores issues facing non-profit media arts organizations.
http://www.namac.org/Publications/index.html

View a complete list of Tools and Resources:
http://www.soros.org/youth/resources.htm

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CONTACT US:

The Youth Media Reporter needs you! We want to make this newsletter a truly useful vehicle for ideas, comments, requests and information. We are always on the look out for timely and relevant information in this exciting and emerging area. If you have a news item to post on the YM Reporter, please let us know at: ym-editor@sorosny.org.

Remember, if your news item is time-sensitive, get it to us as soon as you can!

For more information on the OSI Youth Initiatives program, please visit: http://www.soros.org/youth


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