17.04.2007 -

UWI and UNESCO launch educational videos on violence

The Caribbean Institute of Media and Communication (CARIMAC) and the Faculty of Pure and Applied Sciences at the University of the West Indies (UWI), in collaboration with UNESCO, are launching two new educational videos this week.

The launch is taking place at the UWI Mona Campus today at 9 a.m. The videos will be screened, followed by a brief panel discussion and a question and answer session with the project leads.


The videos, which were both funded by UNESCO, explore the topical issues of crime and violence from different angles.


Reporting News, produced by CARIMAC part-time lecturer, Franklyn St. Juste, features Caribbean media professionals discussing the challenges in the news gathering process and the socio-economic factors that affect the coverage of crime and violence.


Seeing Red: the Science of Violence was produced by the Science Media Unit of the Faculty of Pure and Applied Sciences, under the supervision of Professor Ronald Young. The video explores the link between violence and brain function, in particular the impact of social and environmental hardships on brain function, and the correlation between altered brain patterns and violent behaviour.


According to Alton Grizzle, the UNESCO officer responsible for the project, "…crime and violence is a cancer in our society that requires a systemic strategy to be combated. UNESCO believes that the culture of violence begins in the minds of men and can be propagated by the media. Violence prevention interventions must therefore target the minds of people in the Caribbean, changing that culture of violence to a culture of peace. The media have a critical role to play."


Support for the project extends UNESCO's long-standing commitment to the development of media applications that drive social change. The videos will be distributed throughout the Caribbean to mainstream and community media organizations, to allow wider dissemination of the information and to facilitate dialogue, debate and feedback.


UNESCO and CARIMAC will also distribute an interactive CD-ROM for journalists on best practices for reporting of crime and violence.

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