Did media fail in its coverage of the Marikana massacre?

Media coverage of the Marikana massacre and its aftermath was imbalanced, and focused more on the perspectives of official sources.

These are some of the findings of Professor Ylva Rodny-Gumede, Head of the Department of Journalism, Film and Television at the University of Johannesburg (UJ) on the media's coverage of the Marikana massacre.

In her study, Professor Rodny-Gumede analysed over 200 news articles from South Africa's mainstream media, which reported on the massacre of 34 miners by police on 16 April 2012.

She spoke to #NightTalk's Gugs Mhlungu and Sizwe Dhlomo.

Listen to the interview below:

We (the media) tried to come in to Marikana with a simple narrative of right and wrong while we didn't understand it ourselves

Professor Ylva Rodny-Gumede, Head of the Department of Journalism, Film and Television at the University of Johannesburg (UJ)

It was not until the Farlam Commission that we heard voices of the miners and miners' families. These voices were largely missing in the coverage, particularly in the first week of the disaster

Professor Ylva Rodny-Gumede, Head of the Department of Journalism, Film and Television at the University of Johannesburg (UJ)

Engaging with the community and people who are affected is not that difficult. We need to take that on board as journalists

Professor Ylva Rodny-Gumede, Head of the Department of Journalism, Film and Television at the University of Johannesburg (UJ)

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