World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers


Centers of Youth Engagement Excellence

Centers of Youth Engagement Excellence

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The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers, WAN-IFRA, has created this designation to honor newspaper associations that have devoted resources to quality news literacy and youth engagement actions, and continue to do so.

WAN-IFRA's new “Center of Youth Engagement Excellence” designation honors newspaper associations that have had a deep, long-term commitment to news literacy and youth engagement and that continue to devote staff and resources to innovation in this work.

From as early as 1961, national newspaper associations have led the way in teaching youth to better understand and navigate the news and to use the content of newspapers as important supplemental material for all kinds of subjects.

These same associations have continued to devote substantial resources to remain at the forefront of this work, serving most recently as key advisors to education ministries on media and news literacy curricula.

 “One of our core values is assuring that new generations understand how news works and appreciate the importance of press freedom,” said Dr Aralynn McMane, Executive Director for Youth Engagement and News Literacy for WAN-IFRA. “These associations have consistently done important work in this area for more than a generation and continue to innovate with a strong commitment to the future, and we are very pleased to grant them this designation.”

The Hungarian publishers association, which began its work in 2005, is the latest organization to receive this designation. Previously honored were - in order of founding: The United States (starting in 1961), Denmark (1962), Finland (1964),Norway (1970), The Netherlands (1976),  France (1977), Brazil and Germany (both in 1980), Japan and Korea (both in 1985), Belgium (1994 - francophone)  and  Indonesia (2004). Up to 12 organizations can be so designated each year. 

Center of Excellence representatives from The Netherlands, Denmark, Belgium Germany and Norway were among those present.Center of Excellence representatives from The Netherlands, Denmark, Belgium Germany and Norway were among those present.


At left above is Katalin Havas, secretary general of the Hungarian association. At right are Gábor Jánossy, head of the news in education committee and Tibor Kovács, president.


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GLOBAL INDUCTION HELD IN AMSTERDAM

All the media associations receiving the designation in 2014 as WAN-IFRA Centers of Youth Engagement Excellence were honoured on 12 October during a meeting of the WAN-IFRA Board.

Pictured at left are Margaret Vassilikos of Newspaper Association of America and the American Press Institute (USA), Scott Schurz of Hoosier Times Inc (USA) who chairs the WAN-IFRA Young Reader Committee and who conducted the induction ceremony, Randi Øgrey, MBL (Norway), Ebbe Dal, Dankse Medier (Denmark), Valdo Lehari Jr., BDZV (Germany) Hanna Romppanien,  Finnish Newspapers Association, Chris Van Hall, NUV (The Netherlands), and Ayako Kimura, NSK, Japan.

Finland, France and The Netherlands had been formally inducted earlier this year, and ceremonies will be held later for four inductees: Korean Associaiton of Newspapers, JFB (Belgium), ANJ (Brazil) and Andiarios (Colombia).

NEWS ABOUT THE INDUCTEES

Finland, France and The Netherlands have organized local ceremonies (details below).


The induction for the Finnish Newspapers Association was part of the 50th anniversary celebration of national Finnish NIE. 

“We believe this activity continues to provide a crucial service to the young in such an increasingly multimedia world where content can arrive in a digital whirl that can defy true understanding,” said Valtteri Niiranen, CEO at Federation of the Finnish Media Industry.  "We are proud of the work of the past 50 years and look forward to the exciting new variations to come."

From left: present and past NIE directors Hanna Romppainen, Leena Becker and Pirjo-Riitta Puro, Dr. McMane and Jukka Holmberg.From left: present and past NIE directors Hanna Romppainen, Leena Becker and Pirjo-Riitta Puro, Dr. McMane and Jukka Holmberg.The Finnish Newspapers Association received the designation for its Newspapers in Education programme, which began in 1964 with a nationwide programme that taught teachers how to use print editions as supplemental texts in all kinds of classes, from language to history and even mathematics. It has been instrumental in helping shape the country’s media literacy curriculum while championing freedom of speech and reading itself. Most recently, it attracted one in every five of the country’s 15-year-olds to a national critical writing contest.

“The biggest winner is Finnish society, which benefits from competent and informed citizens who learn to use media content that helps them achieve success in life,” said Jukka Holmberg, Executive Director of the Finnish Newspapers Association during the 5 September ceremony and conference. "With the help of newspapers, we can vividly show the importance of press freedom for true democracy.”

The ceremony capped an afternoon of deliberations about the future of youth engagement in Finland that featured a wide variety of speakers. These included the winner of this year’s critical writing contest, a member of Parliament discussing his support of anti-bullying movements in schools and a researcher, a journalist and an editor comparing notes on what news publishers needed to do next. 

The occasion also saw launch of a book about history of Finnish NIE by Pirjo-Riitta Puro, a founding member of WAN-IFRA's Young Reader Committee.

 


The French association ARPEJ (Action Régionale Presse, Enseignement, Jeunesse de la SPQR) becamee a WAN-IFRA “Centre of Youth Engagement Excellence” during an induction ceremony March 12 in Paris.

 This innovative and strong programme, formed initially by the French national and regional publishers associations (SPQR and SPQN), has been introducing young people to news since 1977 and continues to create new ideas for youth engagement

 ARPEJ – whose members and directors are journalists -- has maintained an emphasis on using newspapers in class, news literacy and journalistic practice among youth, as well as an appreciation of French history in news context. It coordinates the exchange of expertise among its members who have done such long-term actions as Journalist for a Day (l’Alsace and Le Progres de Lyon) and the Press Classes at Ouest-France and Le Télegramme de Bresat.

 Since 1989, it has been a leading force in partnership with the national education ministry’s  media education organization, CLEMI, in annual national Press Week actions. Most recently, it has created a national project that encourages 14- to-18-year-olds to take a journalistic approach exploring the realities of  World War I among men and women who were about their age at that time. More than 400 classes across the country have joined that program.

The induction took place during a ceremony held in Paris on 12 March at SPQR headquarters. Other newspaper and news media associations will receive the designation later this this year, with all to be honoured on 13 October during the opening ceremony of the World Publishing Expo in Amsterdam, the largest global trade exhibition for the news publishing and media industry.

Pictured, from left, are SPQR president Jean Viansson Ponté, WAN-IFRA secretary general Larry Kilman, and past and current ARPEJ leaders: Jacques Camus (also an editorialiste at La République du Centre), Étienne Millien (also a journalsit at Sud-Ouest) and Jean-Pierre Spirlet, former ARPEJ coordinator for Sud-Ouest and founding member of WAN-IFRA Young Reader Committee.

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From left: Chris van Hall, Fifi Schwarz, Aralynn McManeFrom left: Chris van Hall, Fifi Schwarz, Aralynn McManeThe Dutch news media association NDP Nieuswmedia became a WAN-IFRA “Center of Youth Engagement Excellence” in January 2014 as an innovative and strong programme that has been introducing young people to news for nearly 40 years and continues to create new ideas for youth engagement.

NDP Nieuswmedia received the designation for its “Nieuws in de klas” (News in the classroom) programme, which began in 1976 with a nationwide programme that taught teachers how to use print editions as supplemental texts in all kinds of classes, from language to history and even mathematics.

“Our NIE-programme ‘Nieuws in the klas’ is important to the member companies of NDP Nieuwsmedia," said Tom Nauta, NDP director. "Publishers realize the future of the news industry largely depends on new generations. Reading and understanding the news is however a competence young people have to acquire. It needs to be part of their education. That is why Dutch publishers have been supporting our work for almost fourty years now.”

Programme director from 2005 to 2013 was Fifi Schwarz, also a member of the ENPA media literacy working group. Under her leadership, Nieuws in de klas launched a cutting-edge “Digital News Collage” experience  as well as multi-platform access to a multitude of services that emphasize the important role of news in education and connects the classroom environent with the outside world. Nieuws in de klas also has been able to help other countries get started in this work, notably Macedonia through a project with the European Journalism Center. 

The new director is Chris van Hall , a member of the Nieuws in de klas team who has been involved both these and other projects. He is assisted by Michelle Knijiff and Remy Nijssen, also past team members.

The Dutch induction took place during a ceremony held in Amsterdam on 14 January.

THEY SAID IT

“We believe this activity continues to provide a crucial service to the young in such an increasingly multimedia world where content can arrive in a digital whirl that can defy true understanding.  We are proud of the work of the past 50 years and and look forward to the exciting new variations to come”

 -- Valtteri Niiranen, CEO at Federation of the Finnish Media Industry 

Supporting youth engagement is a national interest as it is proven to serve the critical thinking skills of young people as well as helping to build knowledge. With the assistance of magazines and newspapers, we connect the everyday world to classrooms, building a bridge between theory and practice," he said. "However, the biggest winner is Hungarian society, with a well-informed young generation becoming responsible, successful and beneficial members of the nation. With newspapers, we can clearly show the importance of press freedom in the creation of developed democracies."

         -- Tibor Kovacs, the President of the Hungarian Publishers Association

Our NIE-programme ‘Nieuws in the klas’ is important to the member companies of NDP Nieuwsmedia. Publishers realize the future of the news industry largely depends on new generations. Reading and understanding the news is however a competence young people have to acquire. It needs to be part of their education. That is why Dutch publishers have been supporting our work for almost forty years now.”

-- Tom Nauta, Director, NDP, The Netherlands

We are very proud to hear your announcement that we are to be inducted as one of the WAN-IFRA Centers of Youth Engagement Excellence. In Japan, the diffusion rate of newspapers is high, and the house-to-house delivery rate is 95 percent.We believe that today NIE activities in Japan are extremely important, as some people are slowly starting to turn away from newspapers. Research on achievement tests by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) shows that academic ability tends to be high for children who read newspapers regularly.We believe that newspapers are essential tools for nurturing social leaders for democracy and for local society. At this time, as we become one of the first inductees, we intend to push ahead with our NIE activities. Please accept our sincerest thanks for all of your efforts and for your consideration in selecting us.

-- Akira Kawashima, Managing Director,                                                                  NSK (Japan Newspaper Editors & Publishers Association)


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