Press Release #4

  on January 21, 2014



(LONDON) 13 February 2006 - A global media study to be released 15February charts the representation of men and women in newsrooms andthe reporting of news around the world, thanks to hundreds ofvolunteers who monitored almost 13,000 news items on one day in 76countries around the world, an experience volunteers say changed howthey view media forever. Two of those volunteers, Loveness Jambaya ofZimbabwe and Muhammad Jahangir of Bangladesh, will come to London tospeak of their experiences as monitors at the press conference torelease "WHO MAKES THE NEWS?" 15 February, 9:30 a.m., at the ForeignPress Association.

"WHO MAKES THE NEWS?," the report of the WACCGlobal Media Monitoring Project (GMMP), utilized an extensiveinternational network of volunteers who read, listened to and watchednews coverage for one day in countries around the world. The data isthe basis of each "WHO MAKES THE NEWS?" report in 1995, 2000, and 2005.

Dennis Smith, a monitor in Guatemala, wassurprised to learn "how little real difference there is on the keyissues of presence and representation of women between north and south,east and west." For him, he sees that "invisibilization andstereotyping are fundamentally important issues in news coverage."

Aniela Gella, a monitor from South Africa, noted,"Being a monitor for the GMMP made me more aware of the reportingwithin the media of our country. I do not just accept certain articles…, but now question the ethics of the publication, television and radioprogrammes. I do not buy certain tabloid publications in our countrybecause of the awareness that I gained with the GMMP."

After her GMMP experience, Hilary Nicholson ofJamaica wants to see the media in Jamaica "break with old ways [to]ensure the media serve the purpose of reflecting diverse realities...[and] do not fall constantly in the trap of thinking that violence andcrime is the most important news of the day.”

Monitor Nicky Van Der Velt of Cape Town, nowfeels, "The media has a powerful influence in society in shapingopinions and perceptions, and with this power comes responsibility.”From Fiji, Sharon Bhagwan-Rolls hopes the media will find the GMMPresults informative because of media’s important role in society: "Byportraying us in a fairer manner you can also be contributing tobuilding a more equitable society.”

Volunteer monitors note how they now automaticallyanalyse the media they consume in between monitoring periods. Many nowengage others in considering how women and men around the world make -or do not make - the news. Dennis Smith's sums up his experience asremaining on alert: "We're watching; we're listening." The monitoringgroup from Bosnia and Herzegovina offered the following comment: ”Webelieve we will never watch, listen or read the news with the sameeyes.”

Two international GMMP monitors, economist andmedia researcher Loveness Jambaya of Zimbabwe and former journalistMuhammad Jahangir of Bangladesh will participate in the pressconference at the international release of "WHO MAKES THE NEWS?," 15February, 9:30 a.m., at the Foreign Press Association, London. Bothwill be available for media interviews following the press conference.

Space is very limited at the 15 February event –please call if interested in attending. For more information, contactSheila George at WACC at or on +44(0)207-587-3000.

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January 21, 2014
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