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Diversity and ethics

The Diversity and Ethics Sub-committee

The Diversity and Ethics sub-committee does research on, deals with, and keeps tabs on a variety of issues: race and gender balances and imbalances in the newsroom, diversity of news and views, state of the newsroom and job losses which lead to a serious lack of diversity in the media.

The second issue is Ethics (related to accountability: who should journalists be accountable to, who will guard the guardian?). Related to this is, for example, the question of professional identity and loyalty to journalism and the Constitution versus party political bias and factional stances. This is particularly important in the run up to the national election next year, 2019. To this end, this committee over the past few years has undertaken major research for example: Should journalists belong to political parties? Another significant research project was conducted in 2017: Is there a Glass Ceiling in the Newsroom? This dealt with perceptions among journalists about sexism in the newsroom. Both these research projects were conducted by Glenda Daniels.

The current research, 2018, is The Glass Ceiling in the Media, at large. This examines obstacles which hinder women’s progress in the media; it also tries to ascertain data on salary disparities among other issues. This project is a collaboration between Sanef and Gender Links and is funded by the Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA).

The latest research project this committee is about to undertake is: The state of job losses, changes and transitions in journalism. There has been a job loss blood bath in journalism over the past six years; we need to get more information on this state of affairs. Media companies declare they are not making profits and slash the newsroom of staff year after year.

If you are interested in joining this dynamic committee, please contact the committee chair or deputy chair:

Glenda Daniels – Glenda.Daniels@wits.ac.za

Monica Laganparsad –  Monica@newframe.com

 

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Deadline for Submissions to the Independent Inquiry into Media Ethics and Credibility Extended

SANEF has launched an Inquiry into Media Ethics with a panel of commissioners headed by retired judge Kathleen Satchwell, including panellists Nikiwe Bikitsha and Rich Mkhondo. The aim of the Inquiry is to investigate what went wrong with some of our journalism in recent years and how we can strengthen it so that trust and alliances between us and the public can be built. If you are aware of any ethical breaches, evidence of capture of journalists by their sources, capture of publications or media houses, bribery of journalists or any other issues linked to credibility or ethics, including examples of best practice journalism, please contact the panel via the following email address: panel@mediainquiry.co.za.
Please note the deadline for written submissions is 31 January 2020. Submissions can be sent to the same email address. There is no specific format for submissions but please back all your claims with evidence and facts and ensure that you include your contact details.
Click here for a link to the terms of reference of the Inquiry.