All children have the right to information. Objective and understandable news is hard to get in many parts of the world. Often the news on TV is not independent, difficult to understand, contains harmful images for children and ..boring.
Kids News Network (KNN) stands for quality news programs on TV and internet, with both serious and fun news that matters, especially made for children between 10 and 14 years old. The Dutch media NGO Free Voice started the KNN program in 2004, to help local journalists develop their own ‘kids news’ format. Kids News programs are being broadcasted in Peru, Surinam, Mozambique, Dutch Caribbean, Zambia, South Africa, Burma and Indonesia reaching an estimated 20 million viewers a week. In September a Kids News program starts in the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba.
How does KNN work?
KNN supports public or commercial broadcasters or production houses that are able to produce independent news and aim to inform children too. The new KNN partner station receives financial and organizational support and the editorial team joins the KNN training module. The workshops are conducted by the world’s best experts on making news for children; editors in chief from the KNN partner programs and the NOS Jeugdjournaal, the Dutch childrens news (that runs already for 28 years).
Visit the KNN programs:
Surinam: ‘Ten Minutes Kids News’,broadcasts five times a week, produced by The Back Lot, broadcasted on all Surinam channels and the Amsterdam broadcaster AT5: jeugdjournaal.sr
South Africa: ‘Kids News’, broadcasts seven times a week, at the first channel of the South African Broadcast Company (SABC): (Kids News)
Zambia: ‘Z Kids News’, broadcasts five times a week at MUVI TV: zkidsnews.com
Peru: ‘NAPA’ (‘No Apto Para Adultos’ or ‘not fit for adults’) broadcasts three times a week by TV Cultura, on RED TV (a network of 35 local channels): napa.com.pe
Indonesia: ‘Cerita Anak’ (kids story), broadcasts once a week on Trans TV: transanak.co.id
Burma: ‘Youth Voice’, broadcasts twice a week at the Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB): dvbyouth.com
Mozambique: ‘Telejunior’, broadcasts twice a week on Socio Tv www.stv.co.mz/telejunior/
Dutch Caribbean: ‘Caribbean Kids News’, broadcasts once a week on Tele Curacao and Tele Aruba www.cknweb.com