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Reportage of Global Economic-Meltdown issues in Selected Nigerian Newspapers.

Igbinoba, Angie Osarieme (2009) Reportage of Global Economic-Meltdown issues in Selected Nigerian Newspapers. An Interdisciplinary Journal of the Nigerian Sociological Society, 1 (2).

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Abstract

The media has been described by Marshall A1cLuhan as "extensions of man" meaning that the media is capable of extending the ability of individuals to communicate, to speak to distant relations, to hear messages. and to view images made available on~v with the media. They also facilitate various effects- shortterm, intermediate-term, and long-term effects- on audiences. The short-term objectives include the exposure of audiences to global economic meltdown issues, the creation of knowledge and awareness, etc. The aforementioned plus attitude and behaviour changes as well as social norm perceptions fall under intermediateterm objectives. All of the tasks above including the concentrated restructuring of perceived social norms and maintenance of behaviour change are incorporated into long-term objectives. Journalists can only report financial crisis issues ji-om an informed perspective when there is a connection between them and financial institutions/establishments. where complex meltdown issues are broken down. Nigerians, in the absence of qccurate theoretical framings resulting from insufficient economic research by the print media, may have their understanding/knowledge of economic issues constrained (and thereby distorted). It has become a necessity to study financial reports in the media critically because of the double-edged Sl'vordform the media take, disseminating both harmless and harmful messages. This paper highlights the reportage ofglobal economic meltdown issues in selected Nigerian newspapers. Global economic meltdown issues were 16.8% (i.e. 162) of the 967 news items analyzed in the Guardian while they were 22.1% (i.e. 274) of the 1242 news items analyzed in the Punch. Global economic meltdown issues were least reported as at May (9. 9%) and June (6. 9%) in the Guardian and the Punch respectively whereas both newspapers had the highest coverage of financial crisis issues in Janumy (22.2%) and March (24 .5%) respective. i'vfost of the reports in the Guardian came from unidentified sources

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Coverage. Global Economic Recession, Nigerian Print Media.
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
Divisions: Faculty of Law, Arts and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Mrs Patricia Nwokealisi
Date Deposited: 09 May 2014 15:23
Last Modified: 26 Mar 2015 16:22
URI: http://eprints.covenantuniversity.edu.ng/id/eprint/2587

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