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Tanzania: Television for Children

This practical training course focused on how to package topics in a way that children can understand.

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The course was held in cooperation with the Tanzanian Broadcasting Corporation (TBC). The 16 participants came from Tanzania, Kenya and Mozambique. The course was designed for journalists, producers, camera operators and video editors, because the special approach required for children's TV affects production processes across the board.

The training course began with an assessment and analysis of the viewing behavior of children in different age groups with a view to taking this into account when selecting and packaging topics.

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Using concrete examples from international productions, participants discussed the relevant journalistic principles and the needs of child audiences. Special attention was paid throughout the course to communicating with children as equals.

In the practical part of the course, three reports were produced for an information magazine program for children. Children were the main protagonists in all three reports. During the planning phase, there was a special focus on the need to deal sensitively with children.

Two of the packages took the form of pure "vox-populi" documentary reports for children between 9 and 13 years old and the third report was designed for 5-6-year-olds.

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