Media In South Africa Essay

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In the modern world, the media holds a very influential position over our lives. To some extent it defines who we are as individuals by presenting opinion on everything from what to buy for lunch to who to vote for in the next presidential election. The media collects, organizes, and disseminates information about us as a society, allowing us as a people to choose our values, our identity from what we see on the television, here over the radio or read in the press. The media has such a pervasive and unmistakable influence to the point of intrusiveness by the definitions of some. Whatever it is, though, we could not survive without it. It has rooted itself in our culture and grown with it so that the two are now inseparable According to Shane…show more content…
The emergence of the new media branch has to be seen in close connection with the simultaneous spread of the printing press from which the publishing press derives its name. In South Africa There are 23 daily and 14 weekly major urban newspapers in South Africa, most published in English. There are also a number of regional and community newspapers, most delivered free of charge, as well as a range of general and specialised news websites. Some 12.4-million South Africans buy the urban; while community newspapers have a circulation of 5.5-million According to news 24.........The news in the media/newspapers is important in South Africa because without news the people of South Africa will not be able to be updated on what is happening around them. It is important to receive news or read the news papers everyday because the information received is of value to the reader. As journalists it is important to strive for excellence in integrity, to maintain credibility when reporting any news on the media keeping in mind to always tell the truth to the readers. This means always striving for truth, avoiding unnecessary harm, reflecting a multiplicity of voices in our coverage of events, showing a special concern for children and other vulnerable groups, and acting
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