Resources - Research Reports

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

Youth Through the Media Lens

At the beginning of this year, Media Monitoring Africa conducted research into the coverage of youth in South African mainstream media. Four online news media were analysed in the research for five months, from the start of February to the end of June. They are: IOL, M&G Online, News 24 and The Citizen. Focus Group Discussions were also held with a group of young people in Vosloorus, Gauteng to compare the research findings with the youth’s own suggested expectations of how media should report on youth and the issues that affect them. The research suggests distinct discrepancies between youth expectations and the media’s performance. 

Are we ever going to be heard?

2015 Children’s media coverage: South Africa

Children not in the media

Analysis of 2015 Namibian media coverage of children.

Gender Discrimination in Zambian Media Workplaces: Airing Out The Laundry

The problem of gender discrimination cannot be isolated to media environment. Gender based discrimination is a societal and national problem. The issues highlighted in this report though specific to the media work environment they can be said to mirror gender based discrimination which is prevalent in society, historically and otherwise.

Nothing about us without us- Namibian coverage of children

An analysis of the Namibian media coverage of children and children’s issues. The aim of the analysis was to provide an understanding of the holistic coverage of children and children’s issues in the media in order to hold media to account and to also help them perform better going forward.

Lesotho elections media monitoring final results

Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) in partnership with the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA Lesotho) analysed the media coverage of the 2015 elections in Lesotho.

Zambian elections media monitoring final results

Media Monitoring Africa, The Media Institute of Southern Africa - Zambia and The Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa present the results of the Zambian elections media monitoring.

Lesotho elections media monitoring

Free and fair elections can play a significant role in stabilising societies emerging from conflict. One of the key elements is a media that is able to cover the elections and election processes freely. A free press has a critical function in democratic societies.

Zambian elections media monitoring

Media coverage must be balanced, equitable, fair and accurate, in order to contribute to free and fair elections.

Visible Invisibility: Gender Discrimination in South African Media Workplaces

The findings reveal interesting and concerning issues about gender discrimination in the country’s newsrooms. The research revealed that gender discrimination is a problem and a long history of inequality among the sexes is among the causes. Gender discrimination in South Africa’s newsrooms is about power, with those in positions of authority generally the perpetrators.

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