17 July 2019

International Kids Media House Took Place in Austria

From July 5 to 12, 2019, International Kids Media House, an annual project founded in 2014 by the Energy for Life – Social Foundation Austrian non-profit association, was held in the capital of Austria with the support of Gazprom Export LLC.  The main objective of this educational initiative is to establish an original creative media space for children who want to become journalist so that they communicate, work creatively and fulfil their potential. The project’s main principle is training and practical application of the acquired knowledge.

Among the participants this year were children and teenagers aged 11 to 17 from Russia, Austria and Germany. All of them are students of regional media schools and already have some basic knowledge in journalism. These children have become the students of International Kids Media House following a serious competition and active work throughout the year.

The main task set for the young journalists was to produce news footages. The children were divided into film crews, each of them having an editor, a director, a cameraman and an anchor. Under the guidance of experienced mentors, the children were creating the footages, from arranging the filming to editing a story.

Twenteen location shootings were made, including an interview with the Mayor of Vienna, reports from the office of ORF, a federal Austrian TV channel, and from the Kronehit radio company’s office, stories about the work of firefighters and police on the Danube river, historical city horse-drawn carriages (fiacres), as well as about the Spittelau waste incineration plant, known due to the fact that it was renovated by famous Austrian architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser. The result was a news series shot for the Good News program.

Besides filming, the program included daily practical training sessions with teachers, five workshops from leading European media industry experts and, of course, excursions and walks around the Austrian capital.



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