ERIC Number: ED396355
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-May
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Out and into the World: But What Kind of World Does South African News Media Present?
de Beer, Arnold S.; And Others
For South African media and its audiences, as well as news researchers, the democratization developments in South Africa since April 1994 also offer new opportunities in the field of news flow studies. To answer the question "How are South African mass media portraying Africa and the rest of the world in the post-apartheid era through the process of international news coverage?", a study examined two newspapers, "The Star" and "Sunday Times," as well as the South African Broadcasting Corporation's main news broadcast. A content analysis was executed on all international news appearing in the 3 chosen media for the period 3-9 and 17-23 September 1995. The study is part of an international news flow research project, and the project periods were chosen to coincide with those of the international project. Preliminary results showed the following trends: (1) the media covered news topics in line with traditional Western news values--emphasis on sports and entertainment; (2) a majority of news stories were from South Africa, but a significant number of stories were datelined in Western countries; (3) international news sources were overwhelmingly Western; (4) the lack of emphasis on disruptive news from Africa offers a new way to look at the continent; and (5) results suggest that "news mapping" within the South African media could lead to a better understanding of the way international news choices are made, and how people in a changing society get to know the world around them. (NKA)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: International News; Media Coverage; News Flow; News Sources; News Stories; South Africa
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Communication Association (46th, Chicago, IL, May 23-27, 1996).