Reporting on Children


Reporting by Children:

Join us as we launch our latest research on Reporting on Children as well as our Children’s News Agency website.

Find out how the media performed and which media performed the best.

Is the coverage of children getting any better? Is there something to be glad about?

At the same time, come and meet some of our own child journalists – as they launch the Children’s News Agency website.

DATE:  Tuesday, 17 July 2012

TIME:    09:45 – 10:00am registration (Ends at 12:30 with snacks)

WHERE: The View, 18 Ridge Road, Parktown, Johannesburg, Gauteng – Entry across the road from Parklane Clinic.

A little more Information:

At the launch we will be releasing two reports: “Reporting on Children: Is the coverage getting any better (S.A)” and “Something to be glad about? Coverage of Children in South African and Zambian Media” – one focused on South Africa and another focused on South Africa and Zambia.

In South Africa, 16 media and in Zambia nine, were monitored and ranked on their representation of children.

William Bird, Director of MMA said, “We have seen a real commitment to ensuring quality coverage and reporting on children in the recommendations of the Press Freedom Commission.  This latest research shows to what extent we are meeting the best interests of the children in South Africa and Zambia.  Our own contribution to supporting best practice reporting is the establishment of a Children’s News Agency.”

MMA will also be launching its Children’s News Agency website in an effort to actively involve children in the enhancement of their participation and voices in the media.

Head of the Children’s News Agency Ayabulela Poro said, “there is a clear lack of children’s voices in the media and the Children’s News Agency is a part of a bigger project entitled ‘Children and the Media: Championing Best Practiceaimed at addressing this challenge. The C.N.A website will make it easier for media houses to access stories written by children and help increase their children’s content and representation in the media”.

The research has been made possible by: European Commission, Save the Children, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, Open Society Foundation and Media Network on Child Rights and Development.

For more information, please contact:

William Bird                                        and                Ayabulela Poro

Director: MMA                                                         Head of Children’s News Agency: MMA

Mb: +2782 887 1370                                                      +2773 756 8461

Tel: +2711 788 1278                                                       +2711 788 1278                                         


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