News for the Youth

News for the Youth

UN Photo/Mark Garten

More and more, the UN tries to inform the youth by using social media and interactive tools. But does the target group get the news it is looking for through the new channels? A critical review of the current effort reveals quite diverse results.

In the past years, the United Nations started to use more and more social tools to inform the public, especially the youth, about its activities around the world. Twitter accounts and facebook pages were created. A page to download and use the official UN photos was established as well as various news and media pages. UN TV streams live from the conferences of the United Nations and UN Radio made its program available online while stopped broadcasting its program in a traditional sense. Finally, the United Nations established a Social Media Team that maintains at least some of the official United Nations social media accounts.

UNYANET created a survey to observe how and where the youth acquire their information and news about the UN. The survey revealed some patterns but the use of different channels still seems somewhat random especially when it comes to getting information on more specific topics than the basic knowledge on the UN.

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Freedom of Expression or “Why This Blog?”

“Freedom of expression is one of our most precious rights. It underpins every other freedom and provides a foundation for human dignity. Free, pluralistic and independent media is essential for its exercise.”

– UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova

Today, on 3 May 2013, the International World Press Freedom Day, UNYANET is proud to officially open its blog for the public. Announced at the General Assembly 2012, this blog will give our members as well as guests and experts the opportunity to present their thoughts, ideas and projects to a wider audience. Let me share some thoughts about why we at UNYANET decided to start this blog especially at this important day, when we celebrate the fundamental principles of press freedom and pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the exercise of their profession. Continue reading