Media Action Against Rape (MAAR) is a Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) research and capacity building project led by Bournemouth University and UNESCO in New Delhi.
A 20-month study to map the journalistic challenges of reporting rape and sexual violence across India, MAAR will build capacity to engender sustainable impact—specifically, for rape reportage, journalism education, and resilience against gendered violence towards women. It has three main strands, as outlined below.
Mapping journalism challenges
MAAR aims to analyse the processes involved in rape reportage through in-depth interviews with journalists. It will map the challenges national and regional journalists face, and the way they operationalise existing codes of practices, to produce a set of country-specific journalism guidelines. This will provide an evidence base for capacity building workshops with journalists and development of targeted journalism curricula.
News reporting of rape
MAAR is conducting one of the largest comparative content analysis of news reporting of rape in India, covering 10 newspapers across six languages in India for a three-month period (June to August 2018). We intend to publish the results from this as an interim output in November 2018.
NewsTracker is an anti-rape web site that scrutinises the representation of sexual violence in the Indian news media. Led by Bournemouth University and Ashoka University, it publishes ‘journalism on the journalism of rape’. We believe news journalists have a crucial role to play in combatting sexual violence. They can question stereotypes; influence attitudes, beliefs; help us rethink the way we read, we write, we think about rape and solutions for rape. Read more about NewsTracker.