AN EVALUATION OF NEWSPAPER COVERAGE OF SEXUAL VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND CHILDREN IN SELECTED NIGERIAN NEWSPAPERS

AUTHOR: EGBO GODWIN CHIJIOKE

DEPARTMENT: MASS COMMUNICATION

AFFILIATION: NNAMDI AZIKIWE UNIVERSITY, AWKA

The research work whose topic is “ An Evaluation of Newspaper Coverage of Sexual Violence Against Women and Children in Selected Nigerian Newspapers’’ is therefore aimed at appraising the extent of Nigerian newspapers’ contribution in tackling the problem of sexual violence against women and children. The study answers three research questions: Do newspapers give prominence to sexual violence stories? How often do newspapers report sexual violence issues? Do newspapers report sexual violence more as features than as straight news, editorial or letters to editors? Coding schedule was used as the measuring instrument for data collection. Selected sample of three Nigerian newspapers were studied. Content Analysis is the research method used in the work. The study revealed that the contribution of Nigeria Newspapers in tackling the problem of sexual violence against women and children is not impressive; that is premissed on the following findings: They do not give prominence to sexual violence stories. They could have done that by adequately placing them on the front pages. They do not frequently report sexual violence. They do not amply utilize features in presenting sexual violence stories. Doing that could entail analysing the facts of the stories and injecting emotiomal slant to them to precipitate public outcry against the problem. Recommendation was made in the work that women organizations should set up newspapers which would be their mouth piece against sexual violence. Also, recommended, but for further study, is that investigation be carried to ascertain the extent of contribution of Nigerian Newspapers in fighting sexual violence against the male gender (sodomy).

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