A presentation by Dr. Ersa Arcan from the Istanbul University describing how she and her colleagues in 7 universities has adapted a syllabus to embed child rights understanding into journalism practice. Includes week-by-week description of the stand-alone course, evaluation and outputs from the course (from the students and supporting materials).
Children’s rights and journalism syllabus in turkey
CHILDREN’S RIGHTS ANDJOURNALISM SYLLABUS IN TURKEY H. ESRA ARCAN PhD ISTANBUL UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATION FACULTY
THANKS TO UNICEF Geneva and Ankara Offices DIT Brian O’Neill Michael Foley Noirin Hayes
PREREQUISITIES Education of Educators Preparing Course Materials Localization of the textbook Creating and gathering local course materials Preparing Syllabus
EDUCATION OF EDUCATORS:CHALLANGES LACK of HR CULTURE/DEMOCRACY A NEW HR APPROACH for TEACHERS and STUDENTS A NEW METHODOLOGY for TEACHERS and STUDENTS
PREPARING COURSE MATERIALS:1LOCALIZATION OF THE TEXTBOOK CRITICALLY REVIEWING of LOCAL LAW of PROFESSIONAL ETHICS ADDING LOCAL NEWS/STUDY CASES/ SUBJECTS
ASPECT of LOCAL LAW of TEXTBOOK Scanning national law rules Scanning Police Application of Law Considering UN CRC Monitoring (Shadow) Reports
ASPECT OF THE LOCALPROFFESSIONAL ETHICS OF THETEXTBOOK Journalism Association of Turkey Guidelines for the Media to transform production and content development process for the benefit of children
ADDING LOCAL NEWS/STUDY CASES/SUBJECTS TO THE TEXTBOOK CRITICAL READING OF NEWS RELATED TO CHILDREN: WRONG NEWS MAKING EXAMPLES (Stagmatization, Demonization of Children) CHILDREN RIGHTS BASED NEWS MAKING EXAMPLES LOCAL SUBJECTS: CHILD BRIDES, STONE THROWN CHILDREN (Victims of Anti Terror Law), MINORITY CHILDREN
PREPARING COURSE MATERIALS:2CREATING AND GATHERING LOCALCOURSE MATERIALS Articles by teachers Daily Newspapers, Magazines, TV news sets Novels and stories Movies, documanteries, fotos, visual materials
APPLYING THE SYLLABUS 7 PARTICIPANTS OF THE PROJECT: ISTANBUL UNIVERSITY ANADOLU UNIVERSITY GAZİ UNIVERSITY ANKARA UNIVERSITY GALATASARAY UNIVERSITY BİLGİ UNIVERSITY ISTANBUL AYDIN UNIVERSITY
ISTANBUL UNIVERSITY CHILDREN’SRIGHTS AND JOURNALISM COURSESYLLABUS 3 CREDIT MANDATORY COURSE 5th SEMESTER 14 WEEKS/3 HOURS THEORETICAL/ PRACTICAL TEACHING
COURSE DESCRİPTİON This course has been specifically designed by UNICEF and an academic committee from Turkey and Ireland to address the needs and interests of students of journalism in order to teach children’s rights based journalism perspective.
WEEK 1 Introduction of Subject, Reading and Course Requirements Liberal and Social approaches to the state, the rights and the media:. News as construction vs. objectivity and fairness of news Reading TB&by Dr. Arcan
WEEK 2 Conceptual and philosophical genesis of human rights Natural Rights (Greek and Roman Thought) Human Rights (Enlightenment, Humanism, and Contemporary HR: after WW II Reading: TB&by Dr. Arcan
WEEK 3 Why do children need special Right? State of children around the world, including Turkey, with UNDP, EU statistics and cases. What are the rights of children? Convention on Children’s Rights Readings: TB&R.Oven-New Society’s related chapter Make a classifications of articles in Convention on Children’s Rights according to Survival- Protection- Development- Participation Rights Group
WEEK 4 History of children’s rights activism; 19th Century- Britain A factory owner: Robert Owen, A child worker and journalist: John Doherty, A women writer: Frances Trallope and her novel “Michael Armstrong: A Factory Boy” A writer from Turkey: Kemalettin Tuğcu Convention on Children’s Rights in the light of history of child labor (Survival rights, development rights, and protection rights) Reading and Assignment: Read Timur Soykan’s interview with a child worker and write a paper to compare today’s child labor state to Owen’s era.
WEEK 5 Children Rights and Media: Representation in news: Constructed reality vs. Objective reality Relation between representation and reality in news Stereotyping and Stigmatization&Demonization of children in news
WEEK 5 Representation of Child in Media: wrong and right news examples Children in conflict with the law: demons and protection rights Children who forced to work in streets; poverty and survival- development rights Children who sexually harassed or exploited; femalisation of child and protection rights Children who are a part of cultural activities; good news on participation rights Reading: Course Book Assignment: For next class bring news related to children to the class and make a brief presentation about it according what you learn in class 4-5
WEEK 8 Student presentation and discussion of news CR and Journalism Practice introduction and general principles Info on news monitoring research Reading and assignment: Read Course book U2 P1 and Media and Diversity Guideline for Child of TGC. Read research handout (by E. Arcan) chose your research teammate and newspaper and inform E. Arcan.
WEEK 9 IFJ Guidelines for children news TGC Media and Diversity Guidelines for Child BBC Editorial Principles Interviewing with children Assignment: Apply to the Hearing and Speech Handicapped School to make an interview with a student and write news for IU News Agency. Study on research project.
WEEK 10 Movie: Shame, Dir. Samra Makmalbah Special Issues and Child Protection Policies Reading: Read course book U2/P2, Can Dündar: TV and Violance, study on research project
WEEK 11 Special Issues; Reporting on armed/ethnic conflict-child soldiers, Violence, children, media Child sex workers Assignment: Write a general evaluation for course no more than 1 page
WEEK 12 Presentation of research results and discussion
WEEK 13 General Evaluation&Discussion on course
OUTCOMES OF THE PROJECT BOOKS (Handbook of Media and Children’s rights) CONFERENCES (I. Children’s Rights Congress of Turkey) IU UNIVERSITY for CHILDREN CHILDREN NEWSPAPER, NEWS, DOCUMANTERIES, SHORT MOVIES, as student projects.
IMPACT OF THE PROJECT UNMEASURED INFO: Graduted students who took the course, as reporters and editors are more sensitive and aware of making news related to children. Do&do not about news related to children are more common in media. Children’s rights and related ethical issues are more visible in media.