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How Woes City Press re­port on the ANC?

CityPress - - Voices - Ferial Haf­fa­jee voices@ city­press. co. za Rap­port

Upon read­ing Zakes Mda’s mag­is­te­rial es­say on jour­nal­ism and pa­tri­o­tism, we be­gan to mea­sure our­selves against the stan­dard he out­lines. Do we meet the mea­sure of the pa­tri­o­tism he sets out? There is al­ways a path to walk, but we try.

At City Press, we try to talk less and do more about bal­anc­ing our of­fer­ing be­cause a media plat­form must en­gage a range of emo­tions and needs in read­ers.

The pages we’ve cho­sen to il­lus­trate this story show that we give fair cov­er­age to Cab­i­net (as media in a democ­racy gen­er­ally will do); pro­vide a plat­form for the dis­cus­sion of im­por­tant pol­icy mea­sures; do a lot of work on em­ploy­ment and un­em­ploy­ment (the big­gest need among read­ers); and gen­er­ally try to blend our cov­er­age for the Sun­day reader.

The peo­ple who want to hunt down and maul media free­dom will not agree. I think that’s be­cause of our in­ves­tiga­tive work, which sees ev­ery public rand as pre­cious, so we fol­low it un­apolo­get­i­cally.

We also know our busi­ness com­mu­nity can be less than com­pet­i­tive, and high on crony­ism and cor­rup­tion – so we write about that too.

A Media Tenor sur­vey we com­mis­sioned ear­lier this year shows City Press to be bal­anced in its ap­proach.

But fi­nally, you are the judge and we’d love to hear from you.

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