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Partners a key in our youth engagement and news literacy efforts

Partners a key in our youth engagement and news literacy efforts

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Just some of our recent supporters and partners in youth engagement and news literacy work.Just some of our recent supporters and partners in youth engagement and news literacy work.

WAN-IFRA welcomes partnerships with a wide variety of organzations to assure the success of programmes that help create a civic-minded, literate new generation.

First and foremost, our member newspaper associations are always ready to help us make a global programme accessible to their member newspapers. This often goes beyond encouraging their members to such actions. For example, ANJ, the Brazilian newspaper association routinely translates into Portuguese key youth engagement and news literacy documents.

Five newspapers supported Botswana teachers.Five newspapers supported Botswana teachers.Individual newspaper companies have routinely given extra to help make a programme happen. In 2012, five companies donated their World Young Reader Prize cash prizes to support newspapers in education training in Botswana. They were: i-next (India), The Philippine Daily Inquirer, El Nuevo Día (Puerto Rico USA), the Polskapresse group (Poland) and Westdeutsche Zeitung (Germany). In 2011, Zero Hora of Brazil hosted the deliberations of our prize jury and also donated the art and sample layout for the Internet in the Family Guide resource we give newspapers and, in 2012, La Nación provided the art and layout for our teacher's guides for the My Dream Interview Festival. 

Suppliers have also helped. The Norway-based Norske Skog, one of the world's leading suppliers of newsprint and magazine paper, supported projects to improve reading skills and interest in newspapers among children and young people, particularly in new democracies. Using newspapers in classroom teaching helps toStories teach about reporting.Stories teach about reporting.enhance social involvement and secures new generations of readers. Three producers of serialized fictional stories have donated a story for free use worldwide -- Breakfast Serials, The Curriculum Closet and Mary Madden Stories -- with photos and stories about related real-world phenomena provided by the Paris-based Sardine Fetures. For our 2012 My Dream Interview Festival, the syndication group The Interview People provided a judge and are distributing the winning interviews.

Cartoonists worldwide working through CartoonArts International responded to our call for panels that celebrated reading to give to newspapers for publication on International Literacy Day.

The Fundacón Acindar of Argentina supported the first edition of our My Dream Interview Festval involving more than 2000 students worldwide as part of its 50th anniversary celebration.

And, of course, such assistance goes both ways. For example, in 2012 alone WAN-IFRA helped:

•  the National Newspapers of Ireland launch a country-wide news literacy project that involved 14 500 teenagers dealing creatively with the important stories of the day.

• Three Botswana newspapers work with the education ministry there to begin a newspapers in edcuation programme.

• UNESCO create a toolkit for students about the importance and fragility of press freedom.

• the Bolivian press foundation engage newspapers there around youth.

• IREX in Serbia give media there update on about news literacy and how they could participate.

• The European Journalism Centre assure a new project in South Africa included elements of news literacy and positive storytelling.

Here are some other earlier examples of partnerships:

  • UNESCO suported our first handbook of exercises in Arabic for using the newspaper in class and training for Iraqi teachers, and Al Ghad newspaper in Jordan donated a layout. 
  • The Education For All consortium supported early teacher training in Africa, as did the Council of Europe for Southeastern Europe. 
  • The European Journalism Centre supported the My Dream Interview Festival for Bolivia and has routinely assured that newspaper executives in its programmes attend WAN-IFRA youth engagement events.
  • The Irish Times, Axel Springer (Germany), Ouest France and Helsingin Sanomat (Finland) are among the newspapers that have kindly hosted our Young Reader Committee strategy sessions.
  • The Limpopo Mirror, a weekly in South Africa, created a newspaper reading passport layout for us.
  • The Independent in South Africa and An Nahar of Lebanon have both hosted international news[papers] in education training sessions.
  • WAN-IFRA worked with DECODE of Canada to study existing research on the news consumption habits of youth all over the world with new studies concentrating on The Netherlands, the United States and Finland. 
  • We worked with The Center for Defending the Freedom of Journalists to create a national newspapers in education programme for Jordan that involved a partnership of the three leading newspapers and more than 5000 secondary school students.


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Gordon Steiger


2010-12-03 14:03

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The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) helps newspapers, parents and teachers work together to engage the young to create a literate, civic-minded new generation of readers all over the world. Read more ...