Resources - Research Reports

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

Category: Media Freedom and Performance [REMOVE]

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.

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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.

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.

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.

Reporting on Children - Is the coverage getting any better? Is there something to be glad about?

On the 17th of July 2012, MMA released two reports on the coverage of children in South African and Zambian media. While there are general improvements in how children are represented in the media since 2003 when MMA started its research, the report findings show that some areas demand the attention of journalists and editors.

The Best Promoter & Worst Violator of Children’s Rights in SA Print Media (January - March 2011)

MMA has produced a MAD OAT quarterly report for the first three months of 2011. This report is a qualitative assessment of articles published by mainstream print mediums which, in our view, clearly violated or promoted children’s rights.

Children’s Views not in the News; Portrayal of Children in South African Print Media 2010

MMA has been monitoring and analysing print media’s performance, in terms of how it reports on children, since 2003. This is its fourth report on the topic, and since 2003 the percentage of articles featuring children has doubled.

Author and MMA’s Specialised Children’s Monitoring Project Coordinator Ronell Singh says that “while we are seeing gradual progress being made in how the media reports on children, there is still plenty of room for improvement – look at how few features or in-depth analysis articles deal with children for example – just 4%. It is these longer and more in depth articles that can better explore children’s issues and put them on the agenda, and yet, even since last year, we are seeing children appearing in fewer of these articles instead of more.”

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