Content analysis of mass media reportage on coronavirus-19 (COVID-19) in Nigeria

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Content analysis of mass media reportage on coronavirus-19 (COVID-19) in Nigeria from six widely circulated Nigerian newspapers

Abstract

A multifaceted approach is needed in combating the COVID-19 pandemic which is getting protracted with increasing cases around the world. The role of the media in tackling pandemics have been established. However, data on the role of mass media reportage in the present COVID-19 pandemic is scarce. The aim of this study was to analyze mass media reportage in newspapers in Nigeria with the view to highlighting its’ role in combating the pandemic. Using content analysis, publications on COVID-19 between January, 2020 and May, 2020 of six widely read national newspapers in Nigeria were analysed. Results revealed that news report on the COVID-19 pandemic was high (55.3%) followed by front page news of 6.1%. Between January and March,2020 the Punch newspaper had a larger chunk (25%) of publication on the pandemic. Sixteen story formats were common amongst the different newspapers and they include news, front page, opinion and features to mention a few. This study has shown that the media has played a great role in the reportage of Covid-19 pandemic in Nigeria with 14,585 publications, the highest so far reported in a disease outbreak. Indicating its relevance in the timely eradication of the pandemic.

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