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Title:Marginalising the majority: Nigerian newspapers' coverage of the rural sections in a profit- driven economy
Authors:Ojebuyi, Babatunde Raphael
Kolawole, Ridwan Abiola
Periodical:Journal of communication and media research (ISSN 2141-5277)
Geographic term:Nigeria
rural-urban disparity
Abstract:This study examines the performance of print media in Nigeria, in the context of neoliberalism. It regards their coverage of the less-urban sections as compared to the attention given to the urban centres. 'The Guardian', 'The Nigerian Tribune' and 'The Vanguard', national quality newspapers in Nigeria, were randomly selected for content analysis, while six reporters and two editors from the newspapers were purposively selected for in-depth interviews. The selected newspapers gave more attention to the urban centres to the neglect of the rural sections, while they placed monetary value on the scanty events they reported from the rural sections. The only occasions when the rural sections received appreciable media attention was when negative stories broke. The authors argue that this trend is contrary to social responsibility and national development. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract, edited]