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PIA-KNN bureau managers attend annual assembly

By Minerva BC Newman

Cebu, Philippines (1 December) -- Five Kabataan News Network (KNN) bureau managers from the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) in Baguio, Cebu, Davao, Dumaguete and Capiz attended the annual Bureau Managers' meeting 2007 on November 30-December 2, at the Regalia Park Towers, EDSA-Cubao, Quezon City.

This is an annual evaluation and assessment meeting where all the KNN bureau managers and PROBE foundation evaluates the status, and production operations of each KNN bureau.

The Kabataan News Network (KNN) is a tele-magazine show that gives the children and the youth a voice in media. It has 11 bureaus five (5) of which are managed by the PIA; Minerva Newman-Cebu; Jennifer Tilos-Dumaguete City; Rudolph Alama, Davao; Alex Lumaque of Capiz and Joseph Zambrano of Baguio City while six (6) are managed by either a non-government organization (NGO) or other government agencies that are located in Metro Manila, Camarines Norte, Mindoro, North Cotabato, Sarangani and Zamboanga del Sur.

According to PROBE Media Foundation, Inc. (PMFI) KNN was borne out of a need that young people do not have a voice in media. Young people today are increasingly tuned in, on line and aware of their world.

They are more informed than ever and want to play a role. Intelligent, locally produced TV programming for young people is almost non-existent in the Philippines today, PMFI added.

With this situation, Unicef and PROBE Media Foundation, Inc., two of the most respected names in children and media have joined forces to do something about this, in a radically new way.

KNN is a completely new concept where ordinary 13-18 year olds think up, shoot, write and narrate news-style videos while professionals oversee, edit and package the show.

It is the only show in the country that is conceptualized, written, shot and reported by young reporters from all over the Philippines. Young people speaking out, participating on issues, having fun, learning, pushing the limits with strong points of views.

This is a 30-min show that is composed of (a) 3-5 minute main features with themes on My Society, My Environment, My Family and My Friends and (b):30-1 minute mini features with themes on "Saludo Kami" for admirable youth leaders; "Kakaiba" for unique talents of kids; "Ano sa Tingin Niyo?" for kid-on-the-street interviews and "Boses ng Bureau" for editorial stand of young people on an issue.

For this year, KNN has produced 73 segments that were packaged into 29 original episodes with spiels that were aired on ABS-CBN and UniversiTV from February 10-present. It has also uploaded 180 segments to and at its KNN website:

Skills and capacity development for all the KNN members include basic video production; Video storytelling; Nose for News and Being a Reported; Story Proposal and Scriptwriting; Camera works and Ethics in Journalism.

To date, there are about 160 young reporters that have been trained and are active in the Kabataan News Network and the Philippine Information Agency has been part of it. (PIA-Cebu) [top]

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