"Rape and cable theft on the increase" : interrogating Grocott's Mail coverage of rape through participatory action research

McLean, Nicolene Cindy (2011) "Rape and cable theft on the increase" : interrogating Grocott's Mail coverage of rape through participatory action research. Masters thesis, Rhodes University.

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This study investigates Grocott’s Mail’s rape reporting through a participatory action research process. It draws on feminist cultural studies, sociology of news, and normative theories of the media to inform the research project. The participatory action research process explored three areas with the journalists at Grocott’s Mail: their understanding of the community they serve and their own professional identity as a community of practice, roles of the media in society which inform reporting, and rape as a social issue and problem. Through this process the study found that the pervasiveness of rape in the Grahamstown community, the complexities around rape reporting which include the significant legal challenges, the personal impact rape cases have on journalists, and the journalistic roles and approaches employed in rape reporting all influence how the paper covers rape. In analysing these matters the study found that the primary factor inhibiting a successful strategy for managing rape reporting was that Grocott’s Mail does not place gender-based violence on their news agenda as an issue requiring attention in order to develop the community they serve.

Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Grocott's Mail, Rape, Mass media, South Africa, Journalism, Grahamstown
Subjects:P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN4699 Journalism
Divisions:Faculty > Faculty of Humanities > Journalism and Media Studies
ID Code:2577
Deposited By: Mrs Carol Perold
Deposited On:10 Apr 2012 08:18
Last Modified:10 Apr 2012 08:18
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