Editorial Guidelines and Principles for Reporting on Children in the Media

Guideline/ MIRH/ 20 September 2022

By:- Media Monitoring Africa (MMA)

The Editorial guidelines and Principles on Reporting on Children in the Media have been developed with the input of children and media professionals to assist journalists and media practitioners to produce better quality reporting on children, on the understanding that respecting children’s rights today will mean respect for all people’s rights in the future.

Children’s issues are important. Media professionals should always strive to bring attention to issues that affect children in society, e.g. social conditions, as outlined in the Millennium Development Goals, such as the eradication of child hunger and other general issues of education, lack of shelter, sustainability and more. Children’s interests (i.e. trends, music, and social media etc) should also be explored and reported on by media professionals to encourage the involvement of children in the media.

These editorial guidelines form part of a project funded by the European Union in partnership with Save the Children, Media Monitoring Africa (South Africa), the Media Network on Child Rights and Development (Zambia) and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency. This project aims at empowering children to participate meaningfully in decisions affecting them in the media, and convincing adults that children can contribute to national debate and discussion.

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