Newspaper Coverage of Child Protection Issues in Nigeria
The main objective of this study was to determine how much coverage child protection issues have received in select Nigerian newspapers. The study was anchored on the agenda setting theory. Data collection for the study was done using the content analysis method. The Punch and The Vanguard newspapers constituted the sample for this study for a two-year period. Findings showed that only 42 reports were found on child protection issues, indicating insufficient coverage. Findings also showed that 54.8 percent of the total coverage was devoted to straight news. Furthermore, there were more reports on violations of child protection issues than on educating people on what constitutes child labour. Based on the findings, it was concluded that the select newspapers did not adequately cover child protection issues and did not perform the interpretative function by thoroughly delving into the issues. Thus, it was recommended that child protection issues receive more attention in the media in order to persuade the government to implement and strictly enforce policies.