Even if you have taken part in a previous GMMP, do read all the instructions carefully. For this fourth GMMP a number of changes have been made. This will enable the project to be as useful as possible to people in all regions of the world, while still allowing comparisons with results collected in the GMMPs of 1995, 2000 and 2005.
First, the study will collect quantitative (i.e. numerical) data. This part of the project will provide a detailed picture of the numbers of women and men in the world's news, the types of story in which they are found, the roles they play in the news etc. This information will be compiled for every news story monitored. For each of the three news media - television, radio and newspapers - a monitoring guide sets out the areas in which information is needed and the range of answers possible. Monitors will be asked to choose a number (or 'code') that corresponds to their answer, and to enter this code on a coding sheet. Each Monitoring Guide will takes monitors through two step-by-step examples, showing exactly how to select the codes for each news story.
Second, the numbers, or quantitative data, that are generated by the project tell only part of the story. For instance, we might find that women appear in 10 percent of stories about politics. But how do these stories actually portray women? In fact a story about a female politician may fall into as many stereotyped clichés as a story about a beauty queen. To get a more complete picture of news content, the quality of the coverage needs to be analysed. This is the qualitative aspect of the monitoring. We will make a detailed study of some news stories to illustrate basic patterns in the news reporting.
This analysis will be the responsibility of the national and regional co-ordinators - and for this, detailed instructions are found at the end of the monitoring methodology guides package. Every individual monitor however is asked to help identify suitable stories in television, radio and newspapers. The final question in each of the Monitoring Guides gives you guidance on what to bear in mind as you work through each news item.
When you find a story that you think would be useful for further analysis, please send a copy of the clipping or the tape to your national/regional co-ordinator.
The monitoring materials
All this information is included in the monitoring methodology guides presented below as Documents (2) (3) and (4). Please read them thoroughly. Document (5) contains the blank coding sheets for radio, television and print news monitoring. Documents (6) and (8) are to be completed by national coordinators ONLY. Document (9) is a feedback form to be completed by all monitors.
Document 5.Blank coding sheets for Radio, Television and Newspaper monitoring(MS Word)
Document 8.Contextual Information Form (MS Word)
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