Ashoka Fellow
South Africa
Fellow Since 2008
This description of William Bird's work was prepared when William Bird was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2008.
William Bird is transforming the way children and children’s issues are portrayed in the media through media monitoring efforts involving both journalists and children. He trains journalists on ‘child friendly’ journalism and enables children to become ‘media watchdogs’ to monitor press coverage of children, paying particular attention to children’s rights of privacy and dignity. William is comprehensively ensuring a rights-respecting and balanced reportage of children in the media.
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