#FeesMustFall dominates SA coverage, Oscar dominates social

2015-11-09 07:57
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Johannesburg - For three weeks running #FeesMustFall has dominated media coverage closely followed by the Rugby World Cup, according to media monitoring company ROi Africa.

#FeesMustFall garnered 27.74% of the news coverage last week, the RWC took up 23.5%.

"Fees Must Fall continued to dominate South African media, with publicity on the problems with MTN in Nigeria dropping sharply during the past few days [after dominating coverage earlier this week]," the company's Tony Khoury said in a statement.

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"The Rugby World Cup, which followed to close second position centred on highlights, ‘feel good’ stories like the Sonny Boy Williams medal story and speculation on the future of Heyneke Meyer with the Springboks."

The water crisis and Oscar Pistorius's appeal case also yielded notable coverage.

The water crisis took up 10.43% and Pistorius 10.77%.

Oscar dominates social

However, Pistorius dominated social media last week garnering 53.13% of the coverage.

"[This was] possibly because of speculation on possible outcome and strong opinions on the case," said Khoury.

"Since the start of the #OscarTrial we have seen how this case can dominate social media."

#FeesMustFall came in second taking up 17.15% on social media, followed by the RWC taking 12.73% of the coverage.

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Internationally, news coverage was dominated by the Russian plane crash in Egypt which took up 17.63%.

This was followed by US presidential hopefuls Donald Trump (14.51%) and Hilary Clinton (11.18%) and the Syrian conflict (13.82%).

The research was compiled from 60 000 online newspapers globally, and 206 million social networks.

The local data came from thousands of printed publications in South Africa and the rest of Africa and 76 South African radio and TV stations.

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