Resources - Research Reports

Research Reports are indepth, often quantitative reports around our various programme areas.

Reporting Elections: A Good Story to Tell?

Media Monitoring Africa has just released their interim report on the media’s coverage of the 2014 South African elections.

Empowering Children, Empowering Media

Media Monitoring Africa’s children’s programme aims to improve the portrayal and active participation of children in the news.

In striving to attain this goal, MMA has done a lot of work around children’s rights and the media.

For a sneak preview of MMA’s work in the past three years, check our cool Interactive tool

Power, Patriarchy and Gender Discrimination in Zimbabwean Newsrooms

Gender discrimination, in its various debilitating forms, is known to occur in almost every professional setting.For this reason, Media Monitoring Africa and local media partners in Zimbabwe investigated the nature of gender discrimination in Zimbabwean newsrooms.

The SABC: What’s on TV and How Healthy Is It?

Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) has released its latest research report into the SABC programming titled “The SABC: What’s on TV and How Healthy Is It?”. The report examined the quality of the SABC television programming, and is a follow up to the August 2013 release of the report titled “What’s on the Menu? Understanding the Diet of Programming for Citizens”, which examined the diversity of programming on all SABC television platforms.

Children in the News: Seen but still not heard

Media Monitoring Africa’s latest research into South African and Zambian media shows that coverage of children in the news has increased over the years. However, there are still on-going challenges in terms of how children are covered. For example, the media in both countries still do not give children a voice.

What’s on the Menu? Understanding the Diet of Programming for Citizens

Media Monitoring Africa examined the SABC television programming more like a menu,  to see not only what is on, but also to look at the variety and diversity of programming available


Media Monitoring Africa is excited to announce the launch of the TV Diet!

Promoting Children’s Rights: Coverage of Children in South African and Zambian Media

Media Monitoring Africa’s research report on media’s coverage of children’s rights in South Africa and Zambia concludes that despite the challenges the media face when reporting on children, media should be commended for largely protecting children’s rights in their reportage, but can still do more.

To see what else the research found, view our cool interactive feature HERE.

Citizen’s Agenda Flushed Away: Uncovering Media on Municipal Elections

The 2011 Municipal elections were dominated by coverage surrounding a crucial issue of service delivery, in particular, provision of sewerage and sanitation. Unfortunately the discussions were dominated not by the citizens affected and policy issues of parties involved but rather the politicians. This report explores various aspects of media coverage from fairness, party and topic coverage to who spoke and where stories originated. In doing so it provides a wealth of information as to not only how elections were covered but how we can build on strengths and address weaknesses. The role of the media in an election period is too important to not be continually analysed with a view to ensuring citizens are able to make informed choices. The report should stimulate debate, discussion and encourage change, if it does we will have done our previous reports justice and, hopefully, made a contribution to the deepening of democracy.

Lack of Diversity (Repeat): Analysis of SABC News and Programming

Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) with the support of the Open Society Foundation (OSF) monitored and assessed the quality of SABC news content as well as carried out a schedule analysis to assess diversity. The research report, titled “Lack of Diversity (Repeat): Analysis of SABC News and Programming”, assesses the quality and diversity of all SABC programming and news content across different mediums. The research found, among others, that there is a high level repeats of recently aired programmes, SABC 1 uses 28 percent of its broadcasting time for repeats, SABC 2 utilises 21 percent of its time, while SABC 3 allocates 15 per cent of its broadcasting time to repeats.

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