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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