Central Institute for Youth and Educational Television
Aims and Issues
The IZI wants to contribute
to the understanding of the cultural meaning of television
for children and young people and of the ways that television
is embedded in the children's and young people's lives. In
addition to that the IZI aims at contributing to the
discussion of broadcasters' public service task and its current
realisation as well as the social responsibility of the media
The IZI is a department of the Bavarian
Broadcasting Corporation and was established in 1965.
Together with the PRIX
JEUNESSE INTERNATIONAL the IZI is supported by
the Association for the Promotion of International Youth Television.
Members of the Association are the Bavarian Broadcasting Corporation,
the ZDF (German
Public Broadcasting Company), the State of Bavaria, The
City of Munich and the Bavarian
Centre for the New Media (BLM).
The IZI conducts empirical
research with regard to current programme formats and current
issues in the field of children, youth and educational television.
In cooperation with international researchers the IZI
explores current and publicly relevant issues in order to
supply editorial departments, programme planers, pedagogues,
journalists and concerned associations with consolidated findings.
You can find an overview of current as well as completed research
The IZI documents the current state of research on children’s, youth and educational television. Scientific literature and other substantive information is indexed and made accessible through the bilingual Internet database IZI-database.org. An English user interface and expert search is available and searchable free of charge.
IZI-database.org is the most comprehensive database of its type compiled in the German-speaking countries, with international documentation and online retrievable full-texts.
In addition, IZI maintains a special library and performs literature searches on request. IZI makes some of its documentary data available for national (e.g. “Information System Media Education” (Informationssystem Medienpädagogik – ISM, only searchable in German) and international cooperative projects (UNESCO, IFLA).
The IZI publishes its
research results in its own journal and in its own series.
- Journal TELEVIZION
(edited by IZI; German issue published twice a
year, English edition published once a year)
- Series TELEVIZION;
published by KoPad Publishing House, Munich (in German)
- Series 'Communication
Research and Broadcasting' (in English)
- Video Edition 'Watching television
through childrens eyes' (in English)
You can find a detailed list of publications here.
The IZI organises national
and international conferences as well as workshops at which
researchers and programme producers are invited to work together
in order to enhance the quality and attractiveness of children,
youth and educational television. You can find an overview
of past and future conferences here.