What is the Media Policy and Democracy Project?
The Media Policy and Democracy Project is a joint collaborative research project between the Department of Communication Science at the University of South Africa (UNISA), and the School of Journalism and Media Studies at Rhodes University which was launched in 2012, and aims to promote participatory media and communications policymaking in the public interest in South Africa.
The project involves three thematic areas:
1) media diversity and transformation
2) media accountability and media freedom
3) communications policy and the public interest
At the heart of this research project are three elements. First, a main aim of the project is to provide unique opportunities for young and junior researchers and academics, particularly women, to benefit from involvement in the project with regard to the advancement of their professional academic careers and thereby encourage the growth of the media and communications academic community of South Africa more broadly. Second, another main aim of the project involves community engagement whereby the findings produced will be presented in forums of public engagement, including the South African parliament, so as to positively inform various processes of communications and media policy making in our country and therefore serve to benefit the South African citizenry. Third, the research relationship between Unisa and Rhodes University is one that has developed in a spirit of academic collegiality and out of a shared desire to, as researchers, work together to respond to the various and complex challenges faced by our field and our country.
The Media Policy and Democracy Project is funded by the Open Society Foundation for South Africa (OSF-SA) and the College of Human Sciences at the University of South Africa (UNISA).