September 22, 2014

Journalism Dialogues 2008

In partnership with the Mail&Guardian, the monthly Journalism Dialogues reviews the role of media in a democracy, allows journalists to reflect on their craft, looks at issues around the ethics and standards of journalism, seeks to promote the South African Press Code and the code of the Broadcasting Complaints Commission of South Africa (BCCSA)

Below you will find the transcriptions of previous dialogues for downloading. All files are in PDF format, unless otherwise indicated, and require the programme Acrobat Reader to access them.

4 MARCH: FIRST DIALOGUE (JHB):

HOW THE MEDIA COVERS RACE AFTER THE SKIERLIK MASSACRE

Panelists: Ben Said (senior journalist, e.tv), Jessie Duarte (spokesperson, ANC), Janet Smith (deputy editor, The Star), Adv Tseliso Thipanyane (CEO, SA Human Rights Commission).

Facilitator: Joe Thloloe (Press Ombudsman)

How the media covers Race (613kb)

29 APRIL: SECOND DIALOGUE (JHB):

MEDIA TRIBUNAL OR SELF REGULATION?

Panelists: Dario Milo (media lawyer Weber Wentzel), Susan Smuts (deputy editor, Sunday Times), Jane Duncan (director, FXI), Jack Bloom (DA caucus leader, Gauteng).

Facilitator: Joe Thloloe (Press Ombudsman)

Media tribunal or self-regulation?  (592kb)

27 MAY: THIRD DIALOGUE (JHB):

THE SABC – PUBLIC BROADCASTER OR POLICY TOOL?

Panelists: Karima Brown (political editor, Business Day), Jeremy Maggs (media commentator), Aubrey Matshiqi (senior analyst, Centre for Policy Studies).

Facilitator: Joe Thloloe (Press Ombudsman)

The SABC: Public broadcaster or policy tool? (558kb)

24 JUNE: FOURTH DIALOGUE (JHB):

HAS TABLOID JOURNALISM FUELLED THE FIRES OF HATRED?

Panelists: Dosso Ndessomin (chair, Co-ordinating Body of Refugee Communities), William Bird (director, Media Monitoring Project), Prof Anton Harber (Caxton Prof of Journalism & Media Studies, Wits Journ).

Facilitator: Prof Tawana Kupe (Dean of Humanities, Wits)

Has tabloid journalism fuelled the fires of hatred and intolerance? (416kb)

22 JULY: FIFTH DIALOGUE (DBN):

IS THE IFP BEING AIRBRUSHED OUT OF HISTORY?

Panelists: Cyril Madlala (Editor umAfrica), Dr Zweli Mkhize (provincial leader, ANC), Dr Lionel Mtshali (provincial leader, IFP), Mary de Haas (independent political commentator).

Facilitator: Joe Thloloe (Press Ombudsman)

Is the IFP being airbrushed from history? (393kb)

19 AUGUST: SIXTH DIALOGUE (CT):

WHEN DOES FREE SPEECH BECOME HATE SPEECH?

Panelists: Vanessa Ludwig (director, Triangle Project / Lesbian and Gay Equality Project), Dr Yvette Abrahams (W Cape Commission on Gender Equality), Brendan Boyle (editor, Business Times).

Facilitator: Joe Thloloe (Press Ombudsman)

When does free speech become hate speech? (360kb)

23 SEPTEMBER: SEVENTH DIALOGUE (EL):

DOES THE MEDIA IGNORE THE PLIGHT OF THE POOR?

Panelists: Andrew Trench (editor-in-waiting, Daily Dispatch), Steven Lang (editor, Grocott’s Mail), Wandile Fana (editor, Skawara News), Gcobani Maswana (spokesman, Dept Social Welfare & Development).

Facilitator: Joe Thloloe (Press Ombudsman)

Does the media ignore the plight of the poor? Audio downloads:
(Part One – MP3 audio -15mb)
(Part Two – MP3 audio -9.16mb)
(Part Three – MP3 audio -3.76mb)

Transcript of “Does the media ignore the plight of the poor?” (346kb)

21 OCTOBER: EIGHTH DIALOGUE (PTA):

HAS THE MEDIA BEEN UNFAIR TO JACOB ZUMA?

Panelists: Mondli Makhanya (editor-in-chief, Sunday Times), Jeremy Gordin (author, Zuma: A Biography), Paul Holden (author, The Arms Deal in Your Pocket).

Facilitator: Michael Schmidt (civil society outreach manager, frayintermedia)

Has the media treated Jacob Zuma fairly? (287kb)

10 DECEMBER: NINTH DIALOGUE (JHB):

IS THE MEDIA PREPARED TO COVER THE 2009 ELECTION CREDIBLY?

Panelists: Joe Thloloe (Press Ombudsman), Prof Anton Harber (Caxton Prof of Journalism & Media Studies, Wits Journ), Xolani Xundu (political editor, SABC), Heather Robertson (deputy editor, Sunday Times)

Facilitator: SAfm Morning Talk host Naye Lupondwane

Is the media sufficiently prepared to
cover the 2009 General Elections? (Transcript of the SAFM live broadcast on December 10, 2008) 230kb