CAMEO Efforts Related To YNN
Youth News Network (YNN) is a Canadian organization operating under the name of Athena Educational Partners, Inc. It is best described as a copy of the US program, Channel One, although there are no proven connections between the two enterprises . Since 1992, Rod MacDonald, YNN's proprietor, has been trying to establish the YNN program in Canadian high schools - so far without success.
YNN operates on the basis of requiring schools to have their student population view a daily 12.5 minute video program provided by YNN. The program consists of some 10 minutes of "news" and "current events" reporting, and 2.5 minutes of commercials. One 30second spot in the 2.5 commercial minutes is said to be set aside for public service announcements (PSAs). For signing a five-year contract the school receives the loan of some electronic equipment in the form of video monitors in each teaching space, some video and editing equipment, some computers, a satellite hook-up and wiring.
YNN promises to develop other services that could be operated using the same equipment, such as satellite fed curriculum materials, inservice programs for teachers and adult education programs. In some of these instances it is suggested that YNN should enjoy use of space in the school without charge. There are also rumours from YNN of future deals of revenue sharing.
A number of groups and organizations have organized themselves into a loose alliance to resist the advent of YNN in Canadian schools. This alliance includes teacher groups, organizations and federations, organized parent groups, student groups, religious groups, media educators among many others. The opposition to YNN is based upon many problems which the program raises, all of which are fully discussed in the pages that follow in this website.
Two of these issues arise constantly:
- no commercial "partnership" in schools must ever be allowed to have access to compulsory time in the daily schedule of all students
- the ethical issue of the introduction of commercial messages for
compulsory viewing by all students as a daily activity is not negotiable.
This page contains a number of articles from the press, essays by advocates, letters, charts, statistics, opinion pieces and reports.
In The Press:
- CAMEO Press Release - February 11, 1999
- Canadian Teachers' Federation Press Release - March 1, 1999
- Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation Press Release - February 9,
- Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation District 19 statement -
February 22, 1999
- British Columbia Teachers Federation Press Release - February 1999
- Cable in the Classroom Press Release - February 25, 1999
- Michelle Landsberg's Column in The Toronto Star - February 21, 1999
- National Post Article - February 22, 1999
- Halifax Herald - Jo Ann Sherwood - February 27, 1999
- Halifax Daily News - Peter McLaughlin - February 27, 1999
- Halifax Daily News - Parker Donham - February 28, 1999
- Winnipeg Free Press Article - March 2, 1999
- Article no longer available
- Catholic New Times - Ted Schmidt - March 1999
- Summary of Reasons to Oppose YNN - Chris Worsnop - February 1999
- Background Article on Channel One (The USA version of YNN)
- Toronto Star, March 8, 1999
- The Slant On Sechelt - Part One
- The Slant On Sechelt - Part Two
- OFHSA Statement
- What Is The Cost of "Free" Equipment?
- YNN and Media Literacy
- YNN and the News
- Lets signal "No" to TV Networks in Schools.
- YNN Acknowledges Opposition.
- Manitoba Teacher's Society Fax.
- BC Minister of Education Rejects YNN
- Youth News Network: They're back!
- Statement of the Ontario Council of Catholic Bishops on YNN
- NSFHSA Strongly Against YNN Invasion
- No in-school ads, union report says Stance could set stage for battle over YNN
- C.A.P.E. Opposition To YNN
- Nova Scotia Says No to YNN
- SCREENING IMAGES He's Back!!
- Legault looks at legality of YNN
- Margaret Wente on high-school kids for sale
- A potential vehicle for propaganda
- YNN Ads to reach kids in Grade
- Elementary Teachers say YNN not welcome in Ontario's public schools
- Manitoba: School Divisions No. 9, 19, 32, 35 and 46
- Youth News Network slow to hit classrooms
- OSSTF Replies to YNN
- Saskatchewan Minister Says No To YNN
- Saskatchewan Teachers and YNN
- YNN gets rough ride at meeting
- Notes from the YNN Presentation to the Sudbury Community
- Opposition to YNN widespread: union chief: Network wants to air educational programs and commercials in high school classrooms
- National Groups Opposed To YNN
- Informational Background Material on YNN from the Media Awareness Network
- Marketing to Teens: A Captive Audience.