City Press is second-most quoted

2012-03-20 16:42

City Press moved up a place to become the second-most influential publication in the country, with the Mail & Guardian dropping to third.

The Sunday Times is still the most quoted among traditional media in South Africa, for the sixth year in a row, according to research by Media Tenor South Africa.

Unsolicited recognition is particularly important at a time when circulation figures for print media are dropping and advertising revenue is declining, according to Media Tenor.

“Media all over the world are reluctant to acknowledge when another medium has come up with a scoop or a particularly interesting part to an existing story – so referring to a peer is valuable recognition that has to be earned,” said Marrianne Nebbe, Media Tenor spokesperson.

City Press received increased interest from its peers because of its extensive focus on ANC Youth League president Julius Malema.

The Sunday paper also stimulated general media debate as a result of opinions carried in its Voices section, including coverage of columnist Eric Miyeni and presidential spokesperson Mac Maharaj.

Ferial Haffajee’s appointment as editor in 2009 had significantly changed the publication’s direction, Nebbe said.

Forward-looking analysis of South Africa’s political landscape combined with critical reviews of business news and the media landscape resulted in Business Day being the most quoted daily financial publication.

It was also frequently cited in other African media markets, most noticeably the Namibian press.

Being most quoted by peers was also an indication of the status a particular medium had among its colleagues, said Nebbe.

Although Talk Radio 702 ranked lower than Business Day as an influential business medium, on-air discussion stimulated public debate of corporates to a great extent, subsequently resulting in increased general media interest.

Social media such as Facebook and Twitter were much more prominent as a source of information for traditional media in 2011.

Social networks were rarely cited only two years ago, Media Tenor said.

Whereas most Afrikaans media lost prominence, Beeld became increasingly influential during 2011.

Beeld gained attention after suspended ANCYL spokesperson Floyd Shivambu swore at journalist Jaques Dommisse.

“Beeld also led reporting on certain crime stories such as the murder of Anika Smit,” Nebbe said.

“The publication’s coverage on the ‘Modimolle Monster’ signals that it will continue to influence reportage on crime during 2012.”

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