Reality Check

The Nigerian Press and the Potential of the Internet in the Domestication of International News

Mercy Ette

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Abstract

Media technologies have been celebrated as powerful tools for journalistic practices. The emergence of the internet, mobile phones and social media platforms as essential toolkit for journalists has signalled a significant shift in news production processes. This exploratory study examines how and if Nigerian journalists are exploiting the potentials of these technologies to domesticate international news. The study focuses on the coverage of a single multi-layered story, the outbreak of Ebola in four West African countries in 2014. Using a combination of research methodologies: quantitative and qualitative analysis of media texts and semi structured interviews with journalists, the study examines how media technologies were exploited to domesticate the coverage of the Ebola outbreak as an international story. It comes to the conclusion that while these technologies offer journalists opportunities to broaden their professional capacities, they are yet to transform newsroom practices.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNewsmaking Cultures in Africa
Subtitle of host publicationNormative Trends in the Dynamics of Socio-Political & Economic Struggles
EditorsHayes Mawindi Mabweazara
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Chapter17
Pages357-376
Number of pages20
Edition1
ISBN (Electronic)9781137541093
ISBN (Print)9781137541086
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 6 Jun 2018

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Ette, M. (2018). Reality Check: The Nigerian Press and the Potential of the Internet in the Domestication of International News. In H. M. Mabweazara (Ed.), Newsmaking Cultures in Africa: Normative Trends in the Dynamics of Socio-Political & Economic Struggles (1 ed., pp. 357-376). London: Palgrave Macmillan. https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-137-54109-3_17
Ette, Mercy. / Reality Check : The Nigerian Press and the Potential of the Internet in the Domestication of International News. Newsmaking Cultures in Africa: Normative Trends in the Dynamics of Socio-Political & Economic Struggles. editor / Hayes Mawindi Mabweazara. 1. ed. London : Palgrave Macmillan, 2018. pp. 357-376
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Ette, M 2018, Reality Check: The Nigerian Press and the Potential of the Internet in the Domestication of International News. in HM Mabweazara (ed.), Newsmaking Cultures in Africa: Normative Trends in the Dynamics of Socio-Political & Economic Struggles. 1 edn, Palgrave Macmillan, London, pp. 357-376. https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-137-54109-3_17

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Newsmaking Cultures in Africa: Normative Trends in the Dynamics of Socio-Political & Economic Struggles. ed. / Hayes Mawindi Mabweazara. 1. ed. London : Palgrave Macmillan, 2018. p. 357-376.

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