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Monitoring Grocott’s Policy:. Research Team : Thanduxolo Jika Modise Kabeli Thandy Kunene Susan Nakacwa Thando Sebesho. Research Aims:. To identify trends followed in monitoring policy To establish who is better placed for the responsibility of monitoring policy

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monitoring grocott s policy
Monitoring Grocott’s Policy:

Research Team:

  • Thanduxolo Jika
  • Modise Kabeli
  • Thandy Kunene
  • Susan Nakacwa
  • Thando Sebesho
research aims
Research Aims:
  • To identify trends followed in monitoring policy
  • To establish who is better placed for the responsibility of monitoring policy
  • Provide propositions for monitoring Grocott’s policy
research methods
Research Methods:

Qualitative research:

  • Interviews
  • E-mails
  • In-depth (open ended) questions
  • Grocott’s does not have a formalized document that outlines who is responsible for monitoring policy
  • Only an arbitrary level of implementation of arbitrary policy decisions exists
  • Readers have been acting as watchdogs e.g. calling-in to complain about something published
grocott s organogram
Grocott’s Organogram:

Board of Directors

Board of


General Manager




advisory board
Advisory Board:

Advisory Board Members

Editorial Policy








Policy Awareness

  • Focus Groups
  • Media Campaigns
  • Public Meetings
  • There should be a Qualitative Review of each issue - this will help the editor monitor the quality of the newspaper, especially in the beginning stages.
  • The Review can be as simple as passing a copy of the newspaper to all people responsible for content & production, & asking them to mark criticisms and suggestions on the copy for all to see.
recommendations continued
Recommendations continued:

Composition of the Advisory Board:

  • Should be representative

- consist of members with diff. expertise, e.g authorities in the areas of law, finance, education, editorial policy, etc.

- also, consist of different communities and social orientations in Grahamstown.

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Advisory Board (Policy Expert/s):

  • create policy awareness through media campaigns, focus groups & public meetings.
  • Sit-in & mediate on meetings to solve conflict regarding policy matters.
  • Investigate, judge or punish those responsible for lapses
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Recommendations continued:



  • clearly define & implement the editorial policy
  • establish procedures to maintain newspaper quality,
  • identify errors & problems,
  • detect trends & monitor possible failures that reflect a deterioration in quality, &
  • implement corrective actions as needed.
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Recommendations continued:

Focus groups:

  • gather role players in all sectors for policy input
  • create policy awareness
  • review/assess adherence to policy - e.g. review articles on Grocott’s Mail for policy adherence.
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Recommendations continued:

Radio broadcasts and press releases

  • For information broadcasts, awareness campaigns, creating a platform to call public meetings or give reminders e.g Radio Grahamstown, RMR and Grocott’s.
  • The radio stations will be mediums of giving feedback, responses and reminders.
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Recommendations continued:

Public meetings

  • large scale meetings in different areas in Grahamstown.
  • should be recorded & have translators available for Xhosa or Afrikaans speakers.
  • Grocott’s Project e.g. GRAB – could use students on a voluntary basis

The Board of Advisors will, on their bi-annual meetings, submit an audit of the qualitative review to the Board of Directors.