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CMS ADVOCACY PROJECTS

2014-present

  • Universal Health Coverage (UHC) Media Programme; WHO, 2017

The programme is aimed at a more informed and in-depth reporting on various aspects of UHC in India, including impact and implication of UHC dimensions like access to health services delivery, financial protection, and population coverage. The engagement would also focus on efforts towards UHC in the country, especially in the context of the recently approved National Health Policy of India. The objective of the programme is to strengthen capacity of journalists writing on UHC issues.

  • Media Sensitising Programme on Climate Change and Sustainable Development in five states; GIZ, 2017

CMS in collaboration withGerman Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) and Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC) is holding a series of media workshops in five states to facilitate a series of interactions on climate change adaptation with experts, scientists, policy makers with media professionals.

  • Media engagement programme on climate change and adaption in the Indian Himalayan Region (IHR) 2016-18 - Indian Himalayas Climate Adaptation Programme (IHCAP)

Centre for Media Studies (CMS), under the Indian Himalayas Climate Adaptation Programme (IHCAP) of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, has launched a media engagement programme on climate change and adaption in the Indian Himalayan Region (IHR). Under this programme, a series of media workshops on adaptation to climate change in the Himalayan region will be organised during 2016-2018period. The objective of the program is to trigger sustained interest in climate change, sustainability and livelihood issues among journalists, editors and media houses in the region.

Many senior thematic experts and policymakers will participate in these workshops and interact with journalists from different media in the Himalayan states. Each workshop will include a field trip to facilitate ground-level reportage on climate change adaptation. At the end of the series of workshops, participants will get a chance to win a fellowship to write field based stories on climate change. The best story published or broadcast on climate change will also get an award.

  • Disney Friends for Change: Conserving Green Spaces 2015-16 - Disney India

The Second edition of Disney Friends for Change ‘Conserving Green Spaces’ programme was implemented by CMS with 7 grantee schools in Delhi that undertook park restoration work. Summer Fields School, Kailash Colony was awarded the Best Project award for using waste material in the park and involving temple trust members in park development to ensure sustainability. KDB School, Ghaziabad was recognised  for their vision of making the park a space for sparrows and DLF Public School, Ghaziabad for demonstrating excellent community engagement in their work with slum children to make them park rangers, and involvement of the temple priests.

  • 7th UNICEF Awards 2015 –UNICEF

7th UNICEF Awards for Children-Related Programmes in Telugu Television Channels were presented at a special ceremony on December 10, 2015 at Hotel Taj Deccan in Hyderabad. Nine awards in diverse categories were presented on this occasion to various channels by popular celebrity actress Ms. Lakshmi Manchu, Chief of UNICEF Field Office for Andhra Pradesh, Telangana & Karnataka, Ms. Ruth Leaño, Director General, CMS, Ms. P N Vasanti and Jury Chair Person of the 7th UNICEF Awards, Mr. SattaruUmapthi, IPS (Retd.).

  • Disney Friends for Change: Conserving Green Spaces 2014 - Disney India

In April 2014, Disney India, India’s leading diversified, multi-brand entertainment company launched FFC as an innovative interschool volunteering program to promote the concept of urban greenery in Delhi. Under this program a massive outreach was done with schools in Delhi encouraging them to adopt a garden in their neighbourhood and work towards redeveloping the same. Disney India took on the mantle of giving grants to 9 selected schools to accomplish the redevelopment they envisaged and partnered with CMS, a Delhi-based non-government think-tank to achieve the same.

  • WHO Road Safety Journalism Fellowship 2014 – World Health Organization (WHO)

WHO partnered with a research-based think-tank, Centre for Media Studies (CMS), to implement the four-month long fellowship spanning three states in India- Andhra Pradesh, New Delhi and Telangana. Fifteen fellows were shortlisted by a jury, out of 73 applications. The Jury panel comprised of senior journalists, road safety experts and technical representatives of the WHO. During the four–month fellowship, the 13 selected fellows contributed 111 stories (both print and electronic). These stories were on pedestrian safety, use of helmet, seat-belts, drunken driving, footpaths, engineering of roads, enforcement, lack of medical facilities, the golden hour, trends of crashes, reasons behind crashes and possible solutions, road transport and safety bill, etc.

  • 6th UNICEF Awards 2014 –UNICEF

The 6th UNICEF Awards for Children-Related Programmes in Telugu Television Channels was presented at a special ceremony in Hyderabad on December 16, 2014. Eleven awards in diverse categories, including the highest “UNICEF Awards for Channel Most Committed to Children” were conferred to Vanitha TV on this occasion.

  • Development and Implementation of Online Forum for Journalists on Road Safety Issues 2014 –World Health Organization (WHO)

The Forum for Journalists on Road Safety was an attempt to create a network of Journalists covering road safety and related issues, along with other stakeholders of road safety. It is meant to share latest data, stories, case studies, photographs, videos etc. related to road safety issues and get these stakeholders on board.

  • Motor Vehicles Act: Has it All Been Said Yet? Media Workshop on Road Safety 2014 – World Health Organization (WHO)

2011-13

  • 5th UNICEF Programmes for Children Related Programmes in Telegu TV channels 2013 –UNICEF

The 5th UNICEF Awards for Children-Related Programmes in Telugu Television Channels were presented at a special ceremony in Hyderabad on December 10, 2013. Twelve awards in diverse categories, including the highest “UNICEF Awards for Channel Most Committed to Children” were presented on this occasion.

  • PLAN India National Consultation on School WASH 2013– Plan India

The National Consultation on School WASH, held on 17 July, 2013 in New Delhi fairly successfully demonstrated the achievements of child-friendly School WASH facilities, piloted by Plan India in the two states of Odisha and Uttarakhand.This project  touched more than 44,000 children, of which 22,000 are girls. 140 schools in Uttarakhand’sUttarkashi and 176 in Odisha’sMayurbhanj district and 145 in Gajpati have been covered.Wall paintings, folk media, celebration of global WASH Days and World Environment Day have also been organized in all three project locations, with the aim of using available opportunities to promote awareness and engagement of community children, women and adults in the process of WASH, keeping the school at the centre of the whole process.

  • CMS-enba National Award for Social Change Initiatives 2012, Noida, August 31, 2013 -exchange4media

CMS in partnership with exchange4media instituted the CMS-enba National Award for Social Change Initiatives.  The CMS-enba National Award for Social Change Initiatives 2012 was conferred on to Hyderabad-based HMTV at a glittering ceremony in Noida, near Delhi. The exchange4media News Broadcasting Awards (enba) 2012 were the 5th edition of these awards.

  • Road Safety and Public Health: Media Workshop on Road Safety 2013 –World Health Organization (WHO)

A media workshop on ‘road safety and public health’, organised jointly by the WHO and the Centre for Media Studies (CMS) in Vishakhapatnam,discussed various aspects of reporting on road safety and the proactive role that could be played by the media sensitising motorists and road users at large on adoption of safe driving practices, adherence to the traffic rules and respecting the rights of other road users like pedestrians.

  • 4th UNICEF Awards 2012 – UNICEF

The 4th UNICEF Awards for Gender Sensitive Programmes in Telugu Television Channels was presented at a special ceremony in Hyderabad on December 10, 2012. Eleven awards in diverse categories, including the “UNICEF Award for the Most Gender Sensitive Telugu TV Channel”, were announced on the occasion.
His Excellency, Shri. E.S.L. Narasimhan, Hon’ble Governor of Andhra Pradesh, graced the occasion as Chief Guest to give away the awards. Dr. Mohan Kanda, IAS (Retd.), Jury Chairperson, 4th UNICEF Awards, Ms. P. N. Vasanti, Director, CMS, and Mr. Sonykutty George, Officer-in-Charge, and Mr. Prosun Sen, Communication Specialist, from the UNICEF Office for Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, were present at the awards ceremony. Select government functionaries, heads of TV channels, eminent media personalities, producers, presenters, journalists and social luminaries were also present.

  • National Media Workshops on Road Safety, November- December, 2012, New Delhi, Hyderabad & Jalandhar for World Health Organization (WHO)

The series of three workshops on road safety were organized for registered journalists or editors working for daily or weekly newspapers, TV, magazines, online news portals etc. with the objectives of providing reporters and editors with in-depth understanding of road safety, main concepts as well as with suggestions of how to report on traffic and crash related news and promoting the idea of a shift in coverage, from traffic related news to road safety stories. The workshops largely sensitized media personnel to look at road crashes and traffic-related events as a public health issue. The workshops were able to impress upon the participating journalists that events should be treated in a holistic manner in a wider social context and not simply as mere statements of fact — a crash should be perceived against the backdrop of road safety in all its dimensions and from varying perspectives.

  • Media Symposium on Girl Child, July 26, 2012, Hyderabad – UNICEF

The 4th UNICEF Awards for Gender Sensitive Programmes in Telugu Television Channels was launched on July 26, 2012 with a Media Symposium attended by over 30 senior representatives of Telugu channels at Hyderabad.The half-day-long symposium saw a vibrant exchange of ideas between stakeholders, including television channel heads, programming heads, script writers, representatives of civil society organizations and the eminent jury along with UNICEF and CMS representatives from their New Delhi and Hyderabad offices, respectively.

  • UNICEF Awards for Gender Sensitive Programmes in Telugu TV Channels, 2012

UNICEF collaborated with CMS in implementing this intervention of awarding the most gender-sensitive Telugu channels. The purpose of the intervention was to sensitise and generate awareness amongst Telugu television channels on issues related to girl child and also to create a platform where television media can be recognised and rewarded for their efforts in covering these issues.This award has helped UNICEF and CMS to advocate on issues such as child marriage, girl child labour, girl child education, etc.

  • Greening Young Minds – Phase II (July 2012-March 2013)

The Greening Young Minds package of 10 documentary and animation films based on environment, specially compiled to impart environment education in schools was sent to 6858 schools in 20 states of the country. The themes of the package include:

    • Climate Change
    • Environmental Conservation
    • Forests
    • Nature
    • E-Waste
    • Climate Change and Sustainable Technologies
    • Water
    • Wildlife Conservation

2011

  • HSBC-GFC Plantation Project (September 2011 – February 2012)

In partnership with HSBC, CMS planted 1400 saplings (of which 1320 survived) in 3 locations. These saplings were planted by the staff of HSBC. CMS also maintained the saplings for an year.During the one year maintenance period, three joint visits were conducted with HSBC officials, some 30 rounds of monitoring visits by the CMS project officers, including 12 rounds with plantation experts. The year witnessed chilly winter (in Delhi), quite erratic rainfall and prolonged period of heat. In this period, one round of replantation was done at all the three sites to replace the dead saplings.

  • 3rd UNICEF Awards 2010 – UNICEF

The 3rd UNICEF Awards for Gender Sensitive Programmes in Telugu Television Channels was presented at a special ceremony in Hyderabad in 2011. Eleven awards in diverse categories, including the “UNICEF Award for the Most Gender Sensitive Telugu TV Channel”, were announced on the occasion.

2009-10

  • 2ndUNICEF Awards 2010 – UNICEF

The 3rd UNICEF Awards for Gender Sensitive Programmes in Telugu Television Channels was presented at a special ceremony in Hyderabad in January 24, 2010. Eleven awards in diverse categories, including the “UNICEF Award for the Most Gender Sensitive Telugu TV Channel”, were announced on the occasion.

  • UNFPA-CMS Art for Social Change Awards 2008-10 - United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

The UNFPA-CMS Art for Social Change painting competition provided a unique platform to reach out to the young minds, and use the language of colours and canvas to make strong statements about the worth of the girl child. This initiative on the theme of, “Delighting in Daughters” led to 474 paintings being received from students of 56 premier fine art colleges from 22 states of the country. These paintings were evaluated by an eminent jury led by renowned painter Ms. Anjolie Ela Menon. An immediate remarkable outcome of the orientation was more men (61%) than women (39%) participated in celebrating the girl child and women’s empowerment. This held true even among the nominated paintings-where 37 paintings (67%) were by men and 18 (33%) were by women.
 

  • 1st UNICEF Awards 2009– UNICEF

The 3rd UNICEF Awards for Gender Sensitive Programmes in Telugu Television Channels was presented at a special ceremony in Hyderabad ON November 03, 2009. Eleven awards in diverse categories, including the “UNICEF Award for the Most Gender Sensitive Telugu TV Channel”, were announced on the occasion.

 







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