UWI And UNESCO Launch Educational Videos On Violence – April 17, 2007 – Kingston Jamaica

Kingston, Jamaica – 12 April 2007 –

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

The launch will take place in the Multifunctional Room in the Main Library at the UWI Mona Campus on Tuesday, April 17 at 9 a.m.

The videos, which were both funded by the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (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.

Drs. Marjan de Bruin, the Director of CARIMAC will give the official welcome and Dr. Kwame Boafo, the Director of UNESCO will make opening remarks.

The videos will be screened, followed by a brief panel discussion and a question and answer session with the project leads.

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 for wider dissemination of the information and to facilitate dialogue, debate and feedback.

UNESCO and CARIMAC also will distribute an interactive disc for journalists on best practices for reporting crime and violence.

For more information, please contact CARIMAC at [email protected] or call 977 2111.

Programme for Launch of “Reporting News” and “Seeing Red: The Science of Violence”

April 17, 2007

9:00 a.m. – Arrivals and Coffee

9:30 a.m. – Welcome & Introduction Drs. Marjan de Bruin Director, CARIMAC

9:35 a.m. – Remarks – Dr. Kwame Boafo Director, UNESCO

9:50 a.m. – Introduction of “Reporting the News” Project Head: Franklyn ‘Chappy’ St. Juste Adjunct Lecturer, CARIMAC

9:55 a.m. – Screening of “Reporting News”

10:25 a.m. – Introduction of “Seeing Red” Project Head: Professor Ronald Young Dean, Faculty of Pure and Applied Sciences

10:30 a.m. – Screening of “Seeing Red: The Science of Violence”
10:45 a.m. – Panel Discussion and Q&A: Media, Violence and Society
Panelists: Dr. Ronald Young, Chappy St. Juste, Drs. Marjan de Bruin, Mr. Claude Robinson.

11:30 a.m. – Closing Remarks Kellie Magnus Director, CARIMAC.com