CRRC Georgia Released Its First Media Monitoring Report in 2013

In May 2013, CRRC Georgia launched a new UNDP/EU-funded media monitoring project examining television news related to the upcoming presidential elections in fall 2013. The project will last until November 2013. CRRC is monitoring the evening news programs of Georgia’s most watched and trusted television channels (based on CRRC’s March 2013 political attitudes survey results) for coverage of political parties, government and presidential events, political and election processes, and for journalistic standards and ethics. The monitored channels are the Georgian Public Broadcaster’s Channel 1, Rustavi 2, Imedi, Maestro, Kavkasia, Channel 9, and Ajara TV.Monitoring has both quantitative and qualitative components. CRRC trained seven monitors who gather quantitative data on how much time is allocated to each monitored subject, what percent of the allocated time is direct speech about the subject at hand, and what the tone of their coverage is. The monitors are also identifying cases of biased coverage, deviations from good journalism practice, and the manipulative use of film, picture and sound.