Cultural reporting and the production of cultural reviews in selected South African newspapers: A case study of jazz music and musicians



Arts reporting in the contemporary South African press seems to be in somewhat of a crisis. Although on the surface the “entertainment” and “lifestyle” supplements of the major newspapers seem to be thriving, on closer inspection, it will be found that the journalism is severely lacking in critical analysis, creativity and useful information.

This research report will use the reporting of jazz found in the arts supplements of two major newspapers – THISDAY and Mail&Guardian – to investigate the production of cultural reporting, and to question the kind of messages and representations the print media is sending out to the public concerning arts and culture.

The research will show that economic pressures from both media owners and advertisers for profit maximisation are having a detrimental effect, and that the print media is taking a passive role in the production of arts reporting, leading to a media that is formulaic, gossip- and celebrity-news driven, and essentially uncritical.



cultural reporting , arts reporting , South Africa , jazz , music , media , newspapers , THISDAY , Mail & Guardian



Darryl Rule MA Research Report 2007.pdf(1.19 MB)






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