A recent survey found that Americans trust local media outlets far more than national ones.
Forty years after the apartheid regime clamped down on the free press, South Africa's media continues to face threats, albeit in more subtle forms than in the past.
Despite its negative aspects, investigative journalists globally are using social media to collaborate and uncover important stories.
There were high hopes that the SABC would become a true public broadcaster after the end of apartheid when it was used ruthlessly as a propaganda machine. But those hopes have since been dashed.