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)

Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
#Strideforgood pledges for an abuse-free society

#Strideforgood pledges for an abuse-free society

Johnnie Walker and civic groups gathered at the Nelson Mandela Bridge to call for an end to abuse against women and children

Striding Men Rally makes strides for no violence against women and children

Striding Men Rally makes strides for no violence against women and children

On Saturday, Johnnie Walker Striding Men and several city society formations will march on Nelson Mandela bridge, in support of an abuse-free society.

Driving investment and creating jobs through InvestSA's One Stop Shops

Driving investment and creating jobs through InvestSA's One Stop Shops

InvestSA has launched its latest One Stop Shop in KwaZulu Natal, bringing hope for more investment and services being available to citizens.

Understanding the importance of living within your means

Understanding the importance of living within your means

In this week's #BeFinanciallySmart feature, FNB's Eunice Sibiya discusses the importance of living within your means.

How you can #BeFinanciallySmart and save for those big days!

How you can #BeFinanciallySmart and save for those big days!

FNB's Eunice Sibiya discusses how you can save for important annual events.

'Haiti is the missing piece in the AU'

'Haiti is the missing piece in the AU'

Ambassador of Haiti to South Africa Jacques Baril describes Haiti's historic relationship with the African continent.

Popular articles
'My child went to an Afrikaans school'  Panyaza Lesufi says not 'anti-Afrikaans'

'My child went to an Afrikaans school' Panyaza Lesufi says not 'anti-Afrikaans'

Lesufi has been responding to the building of a new Afrikaans university in Pretoria by trade union Solidarity.

Panyaza Lesufi takes a swipe at private Afrikaans university under construction

Panyaza Lesufi takes a swipe at private Afrikaans university under construction

Gauteng Education MEC says there is no room in a non-racial South Africa for reminders of apartheid.

[WATCH] Thieves running off with a shack has Twitter puzzled

[WATCH] Thieves running off with a shack has Twitter puzzled

Khabazela shares tweets and Facebook posts that have gone viral.

[WATCH] Man and woman assaulting a motorist goes viral, for the wrong reasons

[WATCH] Man and woman assaulting a motorist goes viral, for the wrong reasons

Khabazela shares tweets and Facebook posts that have gone viral.

Public Protector to challenge Estina Dairy Farm High Court ruling

Public Protector to challenge Estina Dairy Farm High Court ruling

Tiso Black Star's Karyn Maughan explains why the Busisiwe Mkhwebane has chosen to dispute Judge Ronel Tolmay's judgment.

What is better - money in the bank or investing in shares?

What is better - money in the bank or investing in shares?

Personal finance expert Warren Ingram offers a definitive answer with an explanation ordinary people can understand.