Magazine campaign results in Positive Images Awards

Newspapers,
broadcasters, youth groups, young people and a local council have been
recognised in Young People Now’s first Positive Images Awards.

The
awards are the culmination of the magazine’s Positive Images campaign,
launched in October 2004, with the aim of improving the portrayal of
young people in the media.

The campaign was endorsed by senior politicians across all the major parties.

The winners included:

Jorda Jarrett-Bryan: best involvement by a young person in
promoting positive media portrayal. The 21-yearold was encouraged to
return to college through editing LIVE, a Brixton-based magazine for
young people.

What’s On, What’s Up: best magazine produced by young people for
young people. Pocket-sized What’s On, What’s Up is produced at Slough
Young People’s Centre by around 20 regular contributors.

Nermin
Oomer, Burton Daily Mail: best article in the local press. The Burton
Daily Mail carried a double-page feature by senior reporter Nermin
Oomer on two local youth projects.

Anushka Asthana, The
Observer, best article in the national press: Asthana’s news piece,
headlined “No drink please, we’re teenagers”, highlighted young
people’s views of alcohol.

Making Waves, BBC Radio Stoke: best radio coverage of young people.

Making Waves is a 12-month pilot scheme run and financed by Radio Stoke, providing young people with a chance to be heard.

World
of Difference, Gambia/ Channel 4: best TV coverage of young people.
This 25-minute programme focused on young men from London City YMCA who
went to Gambia to learn about HIV/AIDS.

Natasha’s Cancer Diary,
BBC Online: best online coverage of young people. This was an 11-page,
fortnightly diary, written by Natasha, who was diagnosed with cancer
when she was 16.

Judges included media professionals, such as former television newsreader Martyn Lewis, young people and youth workers.

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