Resources - Research Reports

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

Category: HIV and AIDS [REMOVE]

Writing It Right: An Analysis of Zambian Media Coverage of Health Issues

How can media assist citizens with gaining knowledge of their rights, treatment and mechanisms for engaging with the health system to improve delivery and access? To find out check Media Monitoring Africa’s research on how the Zambian media covered health issues.

“No big deal” Poverty, Service Delivery and Election Coverage: Election Report for week ending 3 Apr

This week MMA looks at key topics of elections stories. The results of the topics of elections coverage present a number of issues to discuss. For this report however, we will build on the prior week’s report “Is the media campaigning for the ANC and COPE?”, and focus on the level of attention devoted to the topics of manifestos, campaigning, poverty and service delivery.

This report addresses the results of media monitoring conducted from 13/03/09 until 01/04/2009. According to the monitoring results, it would appear that media consider simplistic coverage of campaign activities and political conflict to be more important than engaging parties and the public over the content of party manifestos, and how parties believe such major issues as poverty and service delivery should and can be addressed.

Media and the 16 Days Campaign 2006

The coverage of The 16 Days Campaign in Gauteng media coverage, including e-tv and SABC 3 prime time news, was reasonable good in most aspects. Some improvements could be made in terms of reporting on woman and child abuse.

MAP HIV regional findings

This report covers the regional findings of the HIV and AIDS and Gender Baseline Study carried out as part of the Media Action Plan on HIV and AIDS and Gender (MAP) led by the Southern African Editors’ Forum (SAEF).

The Media Monitoring Project (MMP) that leads the monitoring and evaluation arm of MAP conducted the monitoring, analysed the data and produced the results for the region as well as the individual countries.

MAP HIV and AIDS and Gender Baseline Study

This report covers the South African findings of the HIV and AIDS and Gender Baseline Study, carried out as part of the Media Action Plan on HIV and AIDS and Gender (MAP), led by the Southern African Editors’ Forum (SAEF). The Media Monitoring Project (MMP) that leads the monitoring and evaluation sub sector of MAP conducted the monitoring, analysed the data and produced the results for the South Africa report. Gender Links (GL) produced the qualitative findings and wrote the country report.

The monitoring included 118 media houses in twelve Southern Africa countries, for a total of 15 days staggered over one month in October and November 2005. The South African monitoring covered 20 media houses.

Factors Influencing the Representation of Conflict around HIV/AIDS Policy in the South African Press

Prior research suggests there is a lack of editorial-level policy thinking around HIV/AIDS coverage in South African media institutions. At the same time, constraints of time, capacity and resources, common in the commercial newsroom, mean it is often ill-equipped to deal more comprehensively with the complex effects of the pandemic in the country. A quantitative study, conducted as a sister study to this, shows the press took a strongly critical position in relation to government health policy on anti-retrovirals (ARVs) during the monitored periods (March-May 2002 and March-May 2003). Given the relative complexity of a public ARV treatment programme, the lack of resources and capacity in the newsroom, as well as the lack of widespread editorial-level policy thinking on HIV/AIDS coverage, how is it that the press came to represent a position so strongly in opposition to government policy? In the context of an overview of the quantitative findings, this paper explores several possible reasons that emerged during interviews conducted with key informants in the field of HIV/AIDS and the media.

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