Baseline study: Children in Bangladesh News Media
Baseline study: Children in Bangladesh News Media, aims to assess the ethical standards of news coverage on and for children in Bangladesh’s media. The study is based on the premise that journalists, through quality news coverage, can play a strong role in ensuring the wellbeing of children.
The study is based on reviews of literature on ethics in journalism both broadly and with a specific focus on children; an analysis of news and editorial content concerning children in 12 national daily publications and three TV channels between June and August, 2009; surveys of reporters and decision makers at national and regional media outlets and focus group discussions with media personnel and children.
Overall, the study found that the media allotted very little space and time to children. Only three percent or less of total news was found to be child related. The study also found the little coverage that did focus on children to be lacking in focus, planning and in depth-reporting.