Resources - Media Analysis

Media Monitoring Africa releases periodic media analysis pieces looking at current issues in the media though a human rights lens.

Category: Children [REMOVE]

Media Coverage of Child Protection Week: Still room for improvement

Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) conducted an in-depth analysis into the portrayal of issues affecting children during Child Protection Week. Read about the common trends, the highs and lows of media’s coverage of Child Protection Week.

Lessons learned: Coverage of the first day at school

Media coverage of the first day at school is very important as it offers many opportunities to inform and educate the public about the concept of education, the challenges that are affecting the Education Sector and what can be done to eradicate them. In light of this, Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) assessed the coverage of the first day at school in various print media to get the gist of the key issues foregrounded and/or overlooked, the angle at which the stories were reported and the choice of language and images used.

Somalia in Media Images: Battling Compassion Fatigue

Images of emaciated children have recently made their way into the media following the widely reported famine in Somalia. Media Monitoring Africa conducted an in-depth analysis into the visual portrayal of the famine and the underlying messages.

Ukuthwala, Human Trafficking & The Media

Forced marriage falls under the purpose of exploitation in the definition of human trafficking.

By international law, and in accordance with the parameters for human trafficking set out by the UN; like forced marriage in other parts of the world, such as the Middle East, Central Asia and Eastern Europe, the practice of ukuthwala as it is being used to perpetrate these crimes today in South Africa is most certainly classifiable as human trafficking.

January 2011: The month of multiple Children’s Rights Violations by SA Print Media

During the week 17th - 21st there were so many articles deserving of a MAD that MMA felt compelled to write MEGA MAD - citing articles in The Citizen, Daily Sun, Mail & Guardian, The New Age, Sowetan and The Star  for violating children’s rights.

This analysis has been endorsed by Childline and the Centre for Child Law

Rape is rape: media’s role in reporting the alleged gang rape of a school girl

On Thursday 4th November 2010 an 8th grade girl was allegedly gang raped by three schoolboys on the high school’s premises. The incident was allegedly filmed by students using mobile phones.

Numerous aspects of how this story has been reported have given Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) cause for concern.

Back to School… An opportunity wasted?

The first day of school always gets media attention, with coverage of how children react to going to school for the first time.  The day offers the opportunity to cover children taking a big step in their lives.  Past coverage has included many images to show children’s reaction to this event.  In the interest of children’s rights in the media, various print mediums were examined during the first week of schools opening for 2010 (13-17 January 2010), to explore the coverage dedicated to the event.

Seeing dead people: Exploring visuals of dead bodies in the media

Violent events are an every day feature for the media in South Africa. However, media can report on these events in various ways.  The Media Monitoring Project explores ethical considerations which should guide the use visuals to report on horrific events. In particular, this update will be looking at visuals used of dead bodies.  Alternative representations of the dead are then suggested.

Crime according to Beeld: Fear in Black and White

Extreme news sells. Items that are different from everyday life, items that disturb people. Crime is therefore a good subject for newspapers’ front pages from a commercial point of view. Unfortunately, crime in South Africa is not just a creation of the national media. It is a very real problem. And although most statistics suggest decreasing figures, some specific forms of criminality have become more common.

Lazy newsgathering distorted murder news

As a reader of Daily Sun newspaper, you will very possibly have a different understanding of what recently happened in Zandspruit, Honeydew than if you were a reader of The Star. The angle these two newspapers took on the story of the 7-year old girl who was found dead on the 10th March 2008 allow for an interesting comparison. The Star focused on the accusations that the police failed to act on several phone calls from the family to report the missing girl. Daily Sun however did not mention this at all and limited its reporting to describing the incident, making the reaction of people to the police completely unfathomable. These stories gives a clear example of the necessity of balanced reporting.

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