Perception of Mass Media Coverage of Kidnapping among Residents of Select Towns in Delta State, Nigeria (Sponsored by Tetfund)
The researcher examined the perception of mass media coverage of kidnapping among residents of select towns in Delta State, Nigeria. The study was anchored on the social judgment theory of the media. It employed the survey research design and multistage sampling technique to select Ughelli town from Ughelli North LGAs in Delta Central Senatorial District, Ogwashi-Uku town from Aniocha South LGA in Delta North Senatorial District and Ozoro from Isoko North LGA in Delta South Senatorial District. A sample size of 1000 respondents was drawn from the total population of the three towns which stood at 557,262. The findings showed that the people are exposed to kidnapping cases through the media. Based on the findings, the researcher recommended among others that the mass media should go beyond the shallow and abridged modes of covering kidnapping to a more in-depth investigation of kidnapping issues which may consequently lead to the unraveling of kidnappers and their victims.