By Bernardo Caceres Vegas, Network Coordinator
Kids News Network proudly announces the launch of World Kids News (WKN), a TV pilot and Internet platform showcasing the best news items that have been tailor-made for children by the network’s members in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Follow the link, to find out more about WKN, but come back for some behind the scenes info.
Way beyond spelling the adult news to the kids, KNN ensures that news for children is understandable, non-sensational, and relevant. It provides a platform for children to express themselves freely, on matters both big and small, in their homes, classrooms, towns, countries and indeed in the world at large.
In 2008 during the Beijing Olympics, a team of KNN producers and experts provided a daily feed for our national audiences on the lives and dreams of the Chinese youth. This collective effort confirmed KNN was more than the sum of the national programs and their audiences.
Now that kids in 8 countries enjoy exchanged items, and visit and greet KNN sites in four continents, it is time for the KNN vision to grow still bigger.
In the following weeks, a new KNN Collective will cover the FIFA World Cup in South Africa. The team’s best items will make up the next bulletin of World Kids News. And from month to month in 2010, WKN thematic episodes will be available for TV networks and cable operators’ worldwide.
Last but not least, we thank the kids news in the Netherlands, the NOS Jeugdjournaal, for hosting the first WKN broadcast.
We invite you to follow and promote WKN, and help us empower children around the world – to be better informed and with high self-esteem – ready to pursue freedom, democracy, and respect for human rights and the planet.