Reportage of COVID-19 Pandemic by The Guardian and The Nation Newspapers

  • Ifedayo Akinwalere, PhD Department of Mass Communication Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye, Ogun State
  • Olujoke Asekere, PhD Department of Mass Communication Yaba College of Technology, Lagos state

Abstract

The researchers content analysed reportage of coronavirus by The Guardian and The Nation newspapers from February 2021 to April 2021. The findings showed that the select media created awareness and educated the public about coronavirus pandemic through timely dissemination of news, dissemination of feature stories and interview of health professionals about how to stay healthy and safe during the crisis. Findings showed that 63.64% coronavirus related stories were published in the front pages of The Nation while 36.36% made front pages of The Guardian. The Guardian published 52.94% corona virus stories in the back page, while 47.06% of the back page stories were published by The Nation. The select media deployed straight news than any other format of presentation of news. In reporting the coronavirus crisis, straight news constituted 63.57% of the total news stories while feature news constituted 18.60% and interviews amounted to17.81% of the total stories. The researchers, therefore, recommended that Nigerian newspapers should increase publication of their front and back pages content with issue(s) that are of national/international interest.

Author Biography

Olujoke Asekere, PhD, Department of Mass Communication Yaba College of Technology, Lagos state



Published
2022-04-30
How to Cite
AKINWALERE, PHD, Ifedayo; ASEKERE, PHD, Olujoke. Reportage of COVID-19 Pandemic by The Guardian and The Nation Newspapers. SAU JOURNAL OF MANAGEMENT AND SOCIAL SCIENCES, [S.l.], v. 7, n. 1, p. 131-138, apr. 2022. Available at: <https://journals.sau.edu.ng/index.php/sjmas/article/view/701>. Date accessed: 28 june 2022.
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