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Three Takeaways from the Deutsche Welle, Global Media Forum

MMA’s Director, William Bird recently attended the Deutsche Welle, Global Media Forum in Germany. Read about the three key things that hit home and why these takeaways are important to MMA’s work.

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.

The Star shows how children are given a raw deal

A nuanced opinion piece by Carmel Rickard published in The Star shows that there is more to Maintenance cases than what is commonly reported in the media.

Licensing journalists does not guarantee quality news

Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) is deeply concerned by statements made by the SABC’s Acting Chief Operation Officer (COO), Hlaudi Motsoeneng, regarding the licensing of journalists. The statements were made at the annual Joburg Radio Days conference at Wits University and repeated on Talk Radio 702 yesterday.

Child Witnesses/Victims not adequately protected

Reports by e-News and Daily Sun have been selected for a MAD for not doing enough to protect the identities of vulnerable children.

Register now for WITS/Media Monitoring Africa’s Reporting on Children in the Media Course

Media Monitoring Africa is calling all journalists, photographers and editors to register for its WITS University accredited Reporting on Children in the Media Course.

Is consent enough?

Saturday Star’s “Family of murdered former boxing champion faces his alleged killers” (10/05/2014 p. 2) raises many questions about best practices when reporting on children involved in criminal proceedings.

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.

We can’t vote. You can. We need your help.

South Africa’s election campaigns are in full swing ahead of May 7.  Streetpoles are covered with posters, news broadcasts are filled with rallies and our cellphones are buzzing with “please vote for me” SMSes. But in the midst of all of this, millions are being forgotten. The South Africans who can’t vote because they’re too young: our children. 

Real Talk, Real Change. Social Justice and Elections

MMA and the IAJ invite you to participate in the final discussion in the Real Talk, Real Change series. We will be looking at issues around social justice and the elections

Election adverts clearly not good enough for the SABC!

MMA responds to the reported decision that the SABC has again decided ban the broadcast of a Political Party broadcast

Real Talk, Real Change. Making Gender an Election Issue

Last week MMA held the first discussion in the Real Talk, Real Change series. Next week, we will be hearing from experts on gender and how to make gender an election issue during 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

Sowetan and Daily Sun show sensitivity when reporting on cases of Satanism in schools

The Daily Sun and Sowetan receive a GLAD for demonstrating ethical journalism in their articles about children involved in Satanism.

MMA responds to possible censorship at the SABC

MMA is deeply concerned by what appears to be an act of censorship and clear limitation of freedom of speech, by the SABC’s decision not to broadcast a Democratic Alliance advert that is strongly critical of the ANC.