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Title:Newspaper coverage of anti-corruption issues in Nigeria, 1995 - 2011
Author:Adaja, Tokunbo Alex
Periodical:Journal of communication and media research (ISSN 2141-5277)
Geographic term:Nigeria
Abstract:This study examines the prominence given to corruption stories by the Nigerian press using the content analysis method. The study covers 16 years (May 29, 1995 - May 28, 2011). Three national daily newspapers, 'The Punch', 'Daily Champion' and 'The Guardian', were randomly selected for the study. A random selection of corruption stories in these newspapers was coded and analyzed. The study reveals that Nigerian press gave prominence to corruption stories as 18.2% of the stories appeared on the front page with 8.2% appearing as lead stories. The study also reveals that Nigerian press mostly depended on the government for its news stories on corruption. Over 60% of the stories reported by the newspapers were sourced from the government and its agencies. The authors argue that the Nigerian press should depend less on the government for news stories and should sharpen its skills in investigative journalism. Bibliogr., notes, sum. [Journal abstract, edited]