Bona Bana is an interactive tool that identifies media trends, gaps and strengths on child reporting and links and compares these to the reality of children in South Africa. This is what the website also allows you to do:
This gives an indication of how each media house is doing in terms of coverage of children. With the media coverage ratings you can see the performance of media’s coverage of children as a whole and you can also compare individual news media to each other.
A total of 18 mediums were monitored. MMA’s Media Rating System (MRS) was applied in assessing media’s performance such as the number of children’s stories covered by the media, the voices amplified in the media and other elements.
Due to the intricate nature of news analysis, the ratings were divided into five categories, namely: Rights Respected, Voices Heard, Depth of Information, Diversity of Coverage and Overall Rating. The first four rating categories were combined to give the overall rating.
The four key areas and overall rating used to rate media performance are as follows:
At the end of analysis the overall rating was applied to get the best-performing medium. The overall rating is determined by an algorithm that weighs up the rating scores (also known as T-Score) from the four categories in order to find the best performing media.
This section presents our latest key findings on how children are portrayed in the media.
Do you want to know what children think on current affairs issues? Click here for short videos of children commenting on what has been happening in the news.
With the gap finder we reveal the gaps in media coverage of children’s stories. You can also find geographic areas and children’s issues that are not being covered.
This offers in-depth commentary and analysis on news coverage of children and issues that affect them. The aim is to raise awareness and improve the representation of children in South African media.
UNICEF works towards zero children going hungry, or dying from preventable causes. We strive for a South Africa in which no child suffers abuse or exploitation. Improving the quality of education and health care are priorities.
SAVE fight for the rights of children. The right to life, to food and clean water, to education and protection. We believe that every child should get the chance to fulfil their potential. We help the poorest children get a better start in life, to grow up, to receive a quality education and to follow their dreams.
Children’s Institute takes the best interests of the child into account and is aimed at ensuring that children are given primary consideration by society. In particular, the Institute pays special attention to promoting children’s participation in its work, and advocates for their voices to be heard in decisions affecting their lives.
Amnesty International is a worldwide movement of people who campaign for internationally recognized human rights. AI’s vision is of a world in which every person enjoys all of the human rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international human rights standards.
Media Monitoring Africa is a non-profit organisation that promotes democracy and cultures where media and the powerful respect human rights and encourage a just and fair society. MMA acts in a watchdog role to promote ethical and fair journalism that supports human rights.
Childline is an effective non-profit organization that works collectively to protect children from all forms of violence and to create a culture of children’s rights in South Africa.
The Centre contributes towards establishing and promoting the best interests of children in our community through education, research, advocacy and litigation.
MMA’s Empowering Children & the Media Website
Children project aims to improve the portrayal and active participation of children in the news media.