COVERAGE OF OPEN DEFECATION IN SELECT NIGERIAN NEWSPAPERS

Bernice Oluwalanu Sanusi, Sunday Zechariah Olanihun, Henry Amos Daniel, Tolulope Joy Alake

Abstract


The media does not only inform educate and enlighten but also act as a driver to the developmental steps to better the society. This study examined the coverage of open defecation in choose Nigerian online newspapers. The study used the Agenda setting theory as the theoretical underpinning of the study. Content analysis was also adopted as methodology for caring out the quantitative study, with the  coding  sheet  as  the  instrument  of  data  collection. The composite sampling technique was adopted for the study of 104 editions of the choose newspapers. The findings revealed that in the 12 months that were studied, only 79 stories of open defecation were altogether found in the sampled papers. The study found out that the chosen Nigerian newspapers did not give prominence to the coverage of open defecation. Results also showed that the stories covered were mostly of the straight news format. Finding also discovered that the direction of coverage given to open defecation issues in the choose newspapers were negative. The study concluded that during the period of study the choose newspapers did not give prominence to the coverage of open defecation thereby failing in their agenda setting role to the society. Thus the study recommended that newspapers should give prominence to open defecation in the light of the 2025 open defecation free Nigeria goal and to emphasise in-depth and interpretative coverage of health issues and other related matter.


Keywords


Agenda setting, Newspaper Coverage, Prominence, Open Defecation.

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