SIGNIS VJs to Cover World Youth Day 2011 in Madrid

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Madrid, August 9, 2011 (SIGNIS) – After a successful first experience at the SIGNIS World Congress 2009 in Thailand, 7 young people from Cambodia, Malaysia, Lebanon and Kenya will participate to and report on the World Youth Days 2011 in Madrid as SIGNIS Video Journalists (VJs).

In the experience held in Asia 10 young people reported about the SIGNIS World Congress 2009 that gathered 600 Catholic communicators from all over the world. Last year the VJs produced PSA (public service announcements) bringing attention to children’s rights. Two of those young people (Kimsean Toth, from Cambodia, and Terence Charles Supramany, from Malaysia) will come to Madrid to take part in a training session for the new Video Journalists from Kenya and Lebanon. The sessions will take place from 12th to 15th August and will be animated by Augustine Anthuvan from Singapore, assisted by Karen Kesawathany Arukesamy of Malaysia.
From August 16 to 21, these 7 VJs – Kimsean Toth (Cambodia), Terence Charles (Malaysia), Ralph Tawitian and Christian El Nasrani (Lebanon), Kevin Juma, Lawrence Mutiso and Lawrence Mberi (Kenya) – will report about WYD with a special sensibility for the “images of a culture of peace” and how young people play a key role in that building process.

With the participation of VJs from two different continents to the WYD, the SIGNIS VJs project of young people building a culture of peace through media that started in Asia will grow in Africa and the Middle East.

The VJs will report daily, in English, in video materials that will be placed in the VJs’ blog and on SIGNIS YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/signisworld. The footage and the edited videos will be at the disposal of the WYD WebTV (http://www.madrid11.com) and the vast SIGNIS members’ network spread around the world.

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