Building Strong Partnership with the Media: A Study of How Print Media in Nigeria Cover Environmental Issues

Building Strong Partnership with the Media: A Study of How Print Media in Nigeria Cover Environmental Issues

Author by Dayo Alao

Journal/Publisher: International Journal Of Scientific & Engineering Research

Volume/Edition: 5

Language: English

Pages: 1726 - 1734

Abstract

This study examined how two newspapers- the Punch and the Guardian portrayed environmental issues from October 1, 2011 to February 29, 2012. The objective of the study was to find out the extent to which the print media is raising public awareness and to find out the extent of coverage of environmental issues in Nigeria. Content analysis was adopted as the methodology while coding sheet-comprising variables in the research was used to gather data from the newspapers. A total of 304 issues, 152 for the Punch and 152 for the Guardian newspapers were studied.
From the findings, it was concluded that the media did not give due prominence to environment issues in that the space given to reports were not much and also there were more straight news than features or editorials meaning that the reporters did not do extensive research on the matter and reports only originated from events on environment issues. It was also discovered that the major actors in these reports were like non-governmental organisations which could mean that environment issues matter more to them than even the leaders of the country.
Based on the findings, it is recommended that reports on environment should be proactive rather than reactive. This means that the media should report issues looking at preventive angles so that people can take precautions rather than waiting for an outbreak for them to do extensive reports. The media should also give enough space to coverage of environment issues and accord it more prominence.


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