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May 22, 2008 - Posted by Sue Ferguson
This initiative of the Dutch NGO, Free Voice, sets two interlinked goals: giving kids a voice in the news media and improving the overall quality of the news media. The Kids News Network consists of child-operated journalism projects in Afghanistan, Indonesia, Peru, South Africa, Surinam and Zambia, which together attract an audience of 20 million. The news programs are broadcast variously on commercial and state television, and on the web.
Aug 17, 2007 - Posted by Heather McCall
By Ashley M. Heher
Quill, Dec2000, Vol. 88, Issue 10

A report on a session at the Society of Professional Journalists Convention in 2000, this article raises the need for a cautious approach to interviewing children who are victims of violence or disasters. Two journalists give advice on when to, and not to, interview children, and how to do it sensitively.
Aug 17, 2007 - Posted by Heather McCall
By Barry Yeoman
Nieman Reports, Spring 2003, Vol. 57 Issue 1.

Yeoman discusses how, in reporting on school lunches for a Mother Jones story, he developed a deeper, more thoughtful perspective on the issue.
Aug 17, 2007 - Posted by Heather McCall
Newspapers often won’t touch stories about children who suicide as they don’t want to be seen to be encouraging copycat behaviour. Barbara Walsh at Poynter.org discusses her struggles with the ethical issues, and how attention to detail and thoughtful treatment gave her newspaper, the Portland Press Herald, the confidence to go ahead with a three-day series on one boy’s sad life and death.
Aug 17, 2007 - Posted by Heather McCall
Kelly McBride at Poynter.org discusses why "telling the stories of children is one of the most important things journalists do"; And she directs readers (through links in the text and sidebar) to examples of award-winning journalism that prove her point. 
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