The Children’s Media Foundation (CMF)

Children’s Media Yearbook

Last year we published our first Yearbook, packed full of articles from children’s media makers and distributors as well as key researchers in media literacy and kids’ media activity.
Our second issue is under way and Yearbook Editor, Lynn Whitaker, gives us an idea of what we can look forward to!

We're hugely excited about the 2014 Children's Media Yearbook. All of our hard work is finally getting proofed, printed and bound and hurtling towards launch at this year's Children’s Media Conference in Sheffield, July. 

It's a bumper issue, building on last year's success. There's a whole host of contributors across a range of stakeholder interests, including author and CMF Patron Cressida Cowell, and CBeebies star, Justin Fletcher. 

We’ve brought parents, industry professionals and academics together to create a lively mixture of debate, discussion, review and research on all the live issues in children's media. Particular themes that have emerged this year (and relevant to all different media platforms) are around the idea of commercialism, gender, heritage and legacy, what do we mean by 'quality', and funding/commissioning issues. There's plenty of controversial stuff too – the whole point of having an independent editor is to make sure a range of opinions and viewpoints are represented, so they aren’t all necessarily the opinions of the CMF itself. 

Printed books, Kindle and PDF editions will all be available through the CMF website and via Amazon. At just £10 per copy and only £7.95 for the download edition – we think it’s great value.  Next month’s newsletter will have the download and purchase information, and meanwhile the 2013 yearbook is still available, a cracking good read and a unique reference guide to the UK kids' media scene.  You can buy your copy here and remember - if you sign up as a supporter for the CMF you’ll receive a downloadable copy free of charge – along with all our other benefits (including discounted tickets for the Children’s Media Conference).

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