Newspaper Coverage of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) in Nigeria
The researchers examined media coverage of COVID-19 in Nigeria with a focus on the frequency of coverage, prominence given to the issue, story format, news sources and media tone. Three widely read newspapers (Guardian, Vanguard and Punch) published between January 2020 and February 2021, were content analysed. Results revealed that the newspapers gave much attention to COVID-19 reportage; however, they did not give much importance to COVID-19 in terms of story placement and space allotment. Furthermore, much depth was not given to the reports. The newspapers predominantly used straight news reports without pictures to provide information about the pandemic. Consequent upon the above, it was recommended among other things that considering the strategic importance of pictures in telling stories, media organisation should utilise them more in their reportage of COVID-19 in ways that would facilitate believability of the situation.