Hadland A & Thorne K (2004) The People's Voice: The development and current state of the South African small media sector. Cape Town South Africa: HSRC Press. http://www.hsrcpress.ac.za/product.php?productid=2017
The study provides an overview of relevant legislation and policy in South Africa, pre- and post-1994, as well as a review of international research that reveals global trends in small media development. It sketches the distribution of the sector in South Africa, revealing the topography of service providers and key stakeholders. The report identifies the interests that are common to small independent and community media groupings and examines ways in which the sustainability of these organisations can be promoted.
Providing a range of pertinent data, analysis and information, this study will be invaluable for anyone wishing to engage effectively with the small media sector.
The Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA) was established to direct funding and support to the small media sector in the interests of deepening South Africa's young democracy. The principal objective of this study is to assist the MDDA in its important and complex work.