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Category: Media Freedom and Performance [REMOVE]

Child Protection and Trafficking: Is the Media Telling the Right(s) Story

Child journalists Khumo Baduza and Khotso Zinhle uncovered some interesting truths about human trafficking and the media.

In the aftermath of the World Cup hype, their documentary seeks to establish a clearer picture of human trafficking and to understand the realities around modern slavery in South Africa.

Khumo and Khotso ask if this is what we’re hearing, reading and seeing in our media, and if not, why not!

Children tackle the editors at Redi’s Round Table

The absence of children in SA’s press code, the lack of children’s voices in reporting and a poor showing of children in positive roles in media - these were the issues child media monitors put to senior journalists and editors on the Redi Tlhabi show.

Child Safety Measures during the World Cup – how did we do?

About MMA’s children’s radio reporting

This is the first report of Media Monitoring Africa’s (MMA) Children’s Radio Reporting, that engaged various stakeholders on the issues of child protection and trafficking, produced with children. They were selected by their class peers as panelist for the children’s press conference hosted by MMA at the start of the World Cup. As participants in MMA’s school Media Monitoring programme, they became familiar in critically looking at the media, and took on the task with enthusiasm and determination.

“There was no money set aside (by government) for the protection of children.”
(Gyan Dwarika, Social Work Advance Specialist: Child Exploitation, Department of Social Development)

With children on extended holidays for the duration of the World Cup, there were concerns that the sporting event brought with it new threats and risks in terms of children’s safety. Children from Saxonwold and Naturena Primary Schools in Johannesburg wanted to find out what was done to keep children safe during the World Cup, how effective they had been, and what role the media had played!

Public. Service. Broadcaster.

The Media Monitoring Project in association with the Open Society Foundation and SAfm presents a radio conference on a way forward for the SABC.

Tune in to MEDIA @ SAfm this Sunday as civil society puts



back into Public Service Broadcaster.

Our local and international experts will present their vision of what a public service broadcaster should be, and offer suggestions on what we need to do to get it there. The SABC should be reporting the news – not making it!

Quantity abounds - But is it quality? And how did it get there?

The Media Monitoring Project in association with the Open Society Foundation and SAfm present QUANTITY ABOUNDS - BUT IS IT QUALITY? AND HOW DID IT GET THERE?

How much do you know about the complicated processes behind the compiling of a news story?

The choice of a particular picture, the layout of a page, the wording of a script put to pictures?

Tune in to MEDIA @ SAfm this Sunday for another radio conference unpacking the processes behind the production of news.

In QUANTITY ABOUNDS - BUT IS IT QUALITY? AND HOW DID IT GET THERE?, our panel of industry experts will not only expose us to the latest trends in news reporting but also in content syndication, design and layout. We’ll also asses the state of broadcast, mobile and multimedia - and address growing challenges to good journalism.

Media building an Open Society

“The media don’t tell us what to think, but they do tell us what to think about!”

Tune in to MEDIA @ SAfm this Sunday at 10am for a radio conference

Media should inform and educate but also expose its audiences to new ideas. But

is your world view being opened up by the media you consume – or being slowly closed down?

And what are the driving forces behind these trends?

Our carefully selected panel will nominate local media highlights that enrich their lives and stimulate their senses.

Unpacking the new ANC media policy

The Media Monitoring Project and Open Society Foundation in conjunction with SAfm present…


“... what masquerades as ‘public opinion’, as reflected in the bulk of our media, is in fact minority opinion informed by the historic social and political position occupied by this minority.” (ANC TODAY 18 January 2008)

A majority policy for a minority media?

What is in this new policy?
… and what does it mean?
What impact will it have on media?
… and the coverage of politics and government?
Is it in line with international best practices?

Back to school for journalists

More than half of the population of South Africa are youths under the age of 25. Yet at the recent World Editors Forum congress in Cape Town, it was highlighted how traditional media need to better target this demographic in their content.

The Media Monitoring Project and Wits Journalism aim to target the youth in a very different way.

Tune in to MEDIA @ SAfm this Sunday morning from 10am to find out why it’s going to be BACK TO SCHOOL FOR JOURNALISTS

We’ll be examining local case studies involving stereotyping and human right’s abuses of children in reporting. International experts join our panel discussion on solutions to overcoming these reportage shortcomings.

Reporting Africa

Join the Media Monitoring Project, in conjunction with SAfm and the Open Society Foundation, as we commemorate Africa Day.

“Until lions have their own story tellers, their stories will always be told by the hunters.” (African proverb)

Africa has its own story tellers, but whose stories are they best telling and how?

For an informed African media perspective tune in to “REPORTING AFRICA” on MEDIA @ SAfm this Sunday morning from 10am.

A panel of media experts will be headlining: Political agenda’s, Dictators Media freedom, Disasters, Stereotypes, Hate speech, Democracy, Wars, Development, Technology

as THE African media’s feature story for 2007.

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