Giving youth a voice in the media

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Report uploaded on: Aug 31, 2016

Youth Through the Media Lens: Report

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.  


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Jun 20, 2016

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By Motshabi Hoaeane

On 16 June, Media Monitoring Africa’s Youth News Agency held a focus group discussion with a group of young people in Vosloorus, (aged 18 - 30) to explore youth’s expectations of local media.  According to the group, the nuances that encompass this generation’s struggles are not taken seriously enough, often negated for special months and, generally overlooked by the media in favour of stories...

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By Simphiwe Rens

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